Board election update
Our first full board was announced on 2nd June 2017. You can find out more about our elected board officials below. Our first full board meeting will take place mid June at which point areas of responsibility for each board member will be confirmed and the below profiles will be updated accordingly.
Our Election Management Group, led by Ian Bridge (Chair of Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Trust) and supported by members Lisa Fox and Steve Musson oversaw the election process which saw seven candidates nominated for the seven positions.
After consultation with Supporters Direct we can confirm that this situation, where the number of candidates nominated does not exceed the positions available, is termed an ‘uncontested election’. As our EMG have confirmed that all required election policy has been adhered to, and all nominations were validated, the candidates are duly elected to form your first officially elected board of Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Trust.
We’ve included a short introduction to each board member below, and you can read their full candidate statements here.
With an elected board in place our aim is to quickly start to push ahead on a number of fronts. Our emphasis, initially, will centre on understanding what our members see as important. If you are already a member you can expect a full member survey to drop into your mailbox in the near future – please do take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us, it is vitally important to us that we reflect the priorities and feelings of our member base. If you are not a member you can join up now to ensure your views are captured and your voice is heard.
We’ll also look to quickly mobilise our ‘working groups’ to ensure the elected board have the capacity and skills available to them to push a range of initiatives forward. If you have not already got in touch but feel you could offer something as a member of a working group then please do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org outlining how you can help – we’re looking for volunteers of all skills, regardless of how much time you have to commit.
A reminder of the outline structure of the Trust….
Meet your first elected board
With an extensive background in media engagement, communications and marketing, Donna brings a wealth of relevant experience in engaging people across a range of demographics and from diverse backgrounds. A season ticket holder for 25 years, Donna’s offer of help following the public consultation in April 2016 has been invaluable in establishing a strong social media presence, forging links with local and national media outlets and beginning to build relationships with key stakeholders across the city and county.
With a professional career spent centred in higher education but incorporating experience across corporate and community based projects and initiatives, Keith provides the Trust with unparalleled insight. A pioneer within the facilities management profession and the driving force behind a community based approach to managing business services for the benefit of the local community, Keith’s skills and experience are both relevant and valuable when applied to the Trust model. Keith has racked up over six decades following the tricky trees!
Andy Caddell (Secretary)
In his native North Wales, where the liver bird was the badge of choice for most youngsters, the success of the Reds in the late 70’s started an affinity that would grow and grow before work (and perhaps the lure of being close to The City Ground) eventually sparked a move to Nottingham in 1987. As part of building and establishing a successful marketing agency based in West Bridgford, Andy has a range of business contacts complemented by his extensive experience in negotiation, persuasion, public speaking and working with senior executives of companies of all sizes.
A qualified accountant with experience spanning both private and public sector work, Steve inherited his support from his dad and has already ensured the tradition will continue into the next generation by passing it on to his own son. With board experience from a substantial local charity alongside skills in strategic planning, vision and objective setting, financial planning and management, corporate governance and risk management Steve can offer breadth as well as visionary ideas. Steve is also one of the founders of, and a regular writer for, Bandy & Shinty magazine – an undoubted high point of the otherwise forgettable 2016/17 season!
With professional, executive director level experience, significant background in business consultancy alongside supporting the establishment and ongoing development of three industry based membership organisations, Steve also founded a successful recruitment business in 2004. Attending his first game in 1967 he bought his first season ticket in that wondrous 77/78 season, travelling back from university in Manchester to watch games. As Steve closes in on five decades of visiting The City Ground he cites involvement with the Trust and the opportunity to contribute to its growth as a major factor in rekindling a love for Nottingham Forest that recent times had started to erode.
Nigel Langrick (Treasurer)
An AAT qualified accountant with a private local practice, Nigel brings expertise of working with small and medium sized enterprises across the full spectrum of financial and tax matters. Acting as interim treasurer for the Trust, Nigel has utilised his professional experience and personal skills to help manage the financial commitments to date. A regular since the more recent European exploits in the mid nineties, Nigel is a firm and passionate supporter of the Trust movement believing they have the potential to have a lasting, positive impact on the future shape of clubs alongside fostering positive communication with fans and the wider local community.
Elliott Stanley (Chair)
As a freelance consultant Elliott works with a range of businesses of all sizes offering consultancy and guidance on all aspects of technology change and software delivery. Having spent the past year supporting the foundation of the Trust, acting as interim Chairman since early 2017, Elliott has played a central role in the creation of a digital presence, membership launch and fulfilment, output through social media channels and supporting TV and radio interviews on behalf of the organisation. Hooked since he saw his very first Forest goal at The City Ground (Des Walker’s only ever strike no less) on New Year’s Day 1992, Elliott is passionate about pushing NFST to become the model example of a Trust in the UK.