Name: Chris Golledge
Occupation: Recently retired after 38 years + working for one of UK’s major Banks.
Current role: Elected Trust Board Member to 31 July 2022
Why did you join the Trust Board: After taking early retirement/redundancy in April I now have the time & flexibility to offer my support – considered it previously but noting work, family commitments plus geography decided not to – I have no personal agenda regarding the Trust beyond doing what little I can to support the Trust & Club being here for all Jacks for many years to come.
What attributes/skills are you able to bring to the Board: Not entirely sure as I have limited knowledge of what the Board might need but I now have the time, flexibility & passion to help & hopefully 38+ years leading teams across South Wales for the Bank might have taught me a few things.
How do you feel the Trust can further develop its representation of members and the wider fan base: Using the Trust’s 20 year anniversary angle to reach out to the numerous Fan groups to offer open dialogue, answer questions & encourage engagement – appreciate you can never please all the fans but maybe a more proactive approach would help the Trust grow & bring a more connected fan philosophy.
Any other comments: Not at this time other than to say I’m looking forward to helping however I can.
Trust Board Elections Nomination Statement July 2021: My obsession with the Swans started back in the early ‘70s in the early weeks of Harry Gregg’s reign & I saw the emergence of 3 of my favourite ever Jacks – Curt, Robbie J & a couple of seasons later Jeremy Charles. We’ve come a long way since then with Tosh’s relatively brief success & our more recent longer stint at the top level under Rodgers, Laudrup et al & where I can add Leon, Rangel & Michu to my ‘best ever Swans 11’.
As we all know the highs have been matched with some very deep lows – my wife still jokes that she could have bought me the club for a 40th birthday gift in 2001 for £1 (if I’d been willing to take on the £800K debts of course!).
My passion for the club & the Trust is about doing whatever we can to ensure the Swans are still here in another 109 years for current/future Jacks – Covid gave me the opportunity to take an early retirement package after over 38 years working for a major UK Bank, predominantly leading teams across the South Wales & the West of England – so whilst I live in Thornbury (5 miles from the English side of the bridge) I now have some free time to offer & hopefully I learnt a few things that could be of use to the Trust.
Thanks for reading & I hope I can offer enough to warrant your support.
Last edited July 2021