To coincide with International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March 2021 we thought that it would be a great opportunity for Cath Dyer and Sian Davies, our female Board members, to introduce themselves to you:
I have been a Swans supporter since 1981 and joined the Trust in 2011. I was made to feel welcome immediately, despite being the only woman in the group. Since joining, I helped Trust member, and Club Disability Officer at the time, Ian James, launch the Disabled Supporters Association (DSA), in 2013, of which I am now secretary.
I have helped at numerous fans forums, locally and in Haverfordwest and Lampeter, and met many Trust members, and was also involved with organising our Trust bowling nights. I have been actively involved, through the Trust, in the Swans Awards Night – my first being in 2012, was on the Travel Plan committee in 2017, and also helped with the Wall of Fame, looking after our guests afterwards.
I also undertake Welsh and English interviews on radio and TV on behalf of the Trust and attend the press conferences. As the current Associate Director, I attend Club Board meetings with the Supporter Director. Being so involved, I meet and speak with many of the friendly staff at the stadium.
I am married with 3 adult children, 2 of whom are disabled, and am passionate about equality and inclusion, and treating everyone with respect.
We are having a great season this year, although we are unable to be in the Liberty, but we are so proud of Steve Cooper and the boys.
I’ve supported the Swans since I was a child. In order to give something back to the Club I love I stood for election to the Trust Board and was lucky enough to be elected; this is my second term as a Board member. As part of my responsibilities, I look after the Membership database and chair the Membership and Fundraising group.
On matchdays (remember those?) I was always at the Trust Pod outside the Liberty chatting with Trust members and fans, both in English and Welsh.
With a background in Further Education, I’ve been involved, alongside a fellow Board member, in developing a Welsh Baccalaureate project specifically for the Trust. So far, we’ve worked with about 700 15-16 year-old pupils from local schools, introducing them to the Trust and the Club, although Covid-19 has unfortunately put a temporary stop to the project. Currently I’m one of the Board members working with the Club on the new catering arrangements at the Liberty – there are big changes and very exciting times ahead including a Vetch Field pasty!
Although we are on the Trust Board our general membership is sadly very low in female members so come on, get your voice heard, join the Trust
We’d also like to engage more with our women members so if you have any ideas as to how we can do this please contact us. It would be great to hear from you.
Cath & Sian