About

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Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Trust is an independent, democratic, non-profit organisation run by fans for fans. Our purpose is to help fans to join together and strengthen their collective influence over the way the club is run, and to improve the links between their club and the community it serves. Ultimately it’s about giving the most important group in any football community, the fans, a voice.

Board members are elected annually, and anyone who is a paid member of the Trust can stand for election. Trust Board members are fans and are not paid by or recompensed in any other way by the club or anyone else, we are a completely voluntary organisation.

We also have a number of Working Groups who support specific projects or initiatives and we’re always keen to have new members for these. However much or little time you have and whatever skills you can offer, we can find a use for you, so please do get in touch with us if you want to get involved!

 

THEN. NOW. FOREVER. FOREST.

Timeline

It seems a long time ago now but we're actually relatively young in Trust terms - there are some Trusts that have racked up double digits in terms of age! Some key milestones in our journey can be seen here.

April 7, 2016
Initial open meeting and vote on the formation of a Supporters' Trust for Nottingham Forest. 106 of the 108 supporters in attendance voted in favour!
October 29, 2016
Nottingham Forest Supporters' Trust is officially registered with the FCA as Community Benefit Society #7433
January 21, 2017
NFST launches membership and hundreds of supporters join within the first few hours
September 29, 2017
NFST announce that the Miracle Gates project has been given the green light by the club
January 18, 2018
The very first NFST Annual General Meeting is held at The National Ice Centre in Nottingham

THE BOARD

You can find information on our current board members here. From time to time, as demand requires, we co-opt members onto the board to support specific initiatives or areas the Trust is focusing on. This allows us to retain some flexibility and call on skills as and when they are needed.

Andy Caddell

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.

Barry Frenchman

Barry Frenchman joined the board of NFST as a co-opted member since February 2019.

A local councillor in his home of Market Harborough Barry has a wealth of experience in sales, marketing and communications.

Alongside contributing across the full spectrum of our work Barry leads our work with Nottingham Forest Women; a key and growing partnership for both parties. Through our ongoing sponsorship of Grace Walters and our regular support on match-days at Eastwood CFC this is an area we are all passionate about.

Donna Jordan

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.

Elliott Stanley

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 time supporting the foundation of the Trust before assuming the role of Chair 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, balancing the growth of fan influence with similar growth of a strong, healthy relationship with the club’s executive board.

Kirt Minton

Kirt started supporting Forest from a young age, his first game was a 1-1 draw with Oldham in 1989. From then he was hooked, and fell in love with Forest; Spending years training and playing for junior reds. Travelling the country being proud to wear the tree on his chest. From 1990 he became a season ticket holder and has been ever present through the highs and the lows that we have faced since.

Kirt is registered disabled and has a season ticket in the wheelchair area just behind the away fans in the Bridgford End. Among other endeavours he joined the Trust and stood for election in an effort to raise the voice of fans who, like him, have barriers to attending matches.

Lindsay Knott

A Forest fan for over 40 years, getting hooked at the age of 11 in the mid 1970s, Lindsay has experienced the highs and lows that many a football fan will recognise and identify with.

Lindsay believes strongly in football in and of the community having combined her love for the game and thirty year’s professional experience as a Community Development Worker with voluntary organisations and charities. Lindsay supported residents on one of the country’s most deprived housing estates to set up, fund and run a football club which helped to divert young men from alcohol, drugs and criminal activity.

Lindsay has been a lay member of the England FA Disclosure and Barring Service ( DBS) ) Panel for 11 years – considering the suitability of those with a criminal record to work or volunteer as coaches and referees with the thousands of football clubs.

Currently involved with Framework (Forest’s Official Charity for 2018-19) Lindsay supports adults with enduring mental health problems living in its long stay residential unit and cluster accommodation. Lindsay has also previously worked with The Friary Homeless Centre and a prominent Domestic Abuse Charity.

Lindsay’s commitment to Equality and Diversity includes Disability Access Campaigns and establishing Rushcliffe Community Cohesion Network, which brought together individuals and organisations from different groups including BAME, LGBT, health services and Rushcliffe Borough and Nottinghamshire Councils.

Nigel Langrick

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.

Paul Severn

Paul was formally elected to the board in January 2019 and has supported Nottingham Forest for over 30 years. Growing up in Cotgrave Paul had a season ticket for all but one season since the Stan Collymore years. These days Paul resides in Milton Keynes but still drives up the M1 for home matches and the odd away jaunt too.

Paul is passionate about the aims of the Trust and joined the board keen to build on the achievements already made during his time as a co-opted board member. Paul is particularly passionate about football being a force for good in the community, ensuring that supporting Forest can be a part of as many lives as possible. This involves breaking down barriers – whether they be around disability, sexual orientation, gender or economic circumstances.

Outside of the Trust Paul has been closely involved with Bandy and Shinty, a quarterly publication in addition to which Paul has blogged for many years on different websites – always trying to be positive and constructive about the club, even when this can involve being a critical friend. Paul is also a committee member of a local softball club and volunteer for BucksVision, a charity which provides services and activities for people with sight loss.