For our top of the table clash v Norwich City, Adam Lewis is answering some questions he has received from supporters since being invited as a co-opted member back in August….
After what felt like 300 days of January as we toughed out another month in lockdown, it’s great to be into February. The increasing rollout of vaccines and the nine-game unbeaten run for the Swans give us a lot to be optimistic about.
In my first outing in the writer’s chair, I gave a brief overview of my first six months as a co-opted Board Member of the Trust – in this issue I have answered a few of your questions about the role from our mailbox.
About me: By day I’m a Consultant, working with the government on a wide range of issues and projects meaning it certainly has been an interesting twelve months for me. I’m an avid Swans fan too, and a season ticket holder for the past 14 seasons.
Why did I apply?
I’d been following the Trust for the past few years and was intrigued by their role in representing the views of the fans with the Club’s Board. I am a huge advocate of direct fan involvement in the running of clubs especially as it is we the fans who ultimately pay the wages.
What do you do as a co-opted member?
In many ways the role is what you make of it. The key factors are where your skills and experiences can be most beneficial, and how much time you are able to commit. Many of us on the board maintain full time jobs, and so efficiency is also key.
The Trust has a broad range of roles and ongoing initiatives with the club, but this year I have been focussed on communications and membership initiatives for our members. In the future I would certainly like to expand that work to include other areas.
How can I become a co-opted member?
The Trust runs the co-option recruitment process each summer alongside the full Board Member elections – unlike Board Members, you do not need to receive nominations by existing members – and is designed to recruit skills on a more targeted basis to help drive the Trust forward.
Note: more details on how you can join the Trust Board are available here:
There are a few conditions that must be met to qualify: You must be a Trust Member, over the age of 18, and be able to commit time to delivering projects with the Board.
We assess applications based on a personal statement, and sometimes follow up with informal interviews – just to gauge how you could best fit with what we are doing and what we have planned. Having been through the process, I can vouch for its usefulness in giving both sides an understanding of how things may work.
We will be looking to run this process again during the summer, so keep a look out for postings about it in the future.
The game tonight presents another tough test, but our recent outings against Brentford and Rotherham have shown that when the going gets tough, the boys dig deep and grind out results. Let’s hope for the same tonight.
Enjoy it from wherever you’re watching and continue to stay safe.