Name: Dave Dalton (Co-opted Member until 31 July 2019)
Occupation: Business Management & IT Consultant
Current role: Membership/Communications
Why did you join the Trust Board: I put my name forward for election to the Trust Board in August 2017 and August 2018 and despite not being elected was subsequently invited on both occasions as a co-opted member from September 2017. I originally applied for a Trust Board position as I wanted to get actively involved in the many challenges that I could see lay ahead for the Supporters Trust.
What attributes/skills are you able to bring to the Board. I am the Ceredigion Jacks Supporters Group Founder Member & Co-ordinator and have good organisational skills from also running my own business. I believe I can offer sound and balanced opinions and advice to the wide range of functions and duties that the Trust has a responsibility for. I am methodical in my approach and willing to offer a good proportion of my time and business knowledge to the Trust if I feel I can make a difference.
How do you feel the Trust can further develop its representation of members and the wider fan base. In the brief time I have been involved on the Board I am more convinced than ever that it needs a strong and balanced representation to ensure it is best placed to deal with what could well be a turbulent couple of years ahead for the club and its supporters.
The Supporters Trust has been treated poorly and with contempt by both past and current owners and we undoubtedly need to become stronger and more unified to enable us to properly represent the Swans supporters again. I believe I have the qualities to help make this happen.
Towards the end of my first term as a co-opted Trust Board member I became far more involved in ways to improve the huge range of communication responsibilities within the Trust. I felt this was an area that had been neglected in recent times causing fans like myself to feel distant and apathetic. This needs to change as without the backing of supporters the Trust simply cannot function as intended
Unfortunately this is not going to be a quick or simple process but I genuinely feel we are now beginning to see improvements in many of our procedures. However more time is required and hopefully the decision by the new Trust Board to invite me back as a co-opted board member will allow me the opportunity to continue my work on the Board. I sincerely hope that we can then begin to see a stronger, more proactive Swans Trust that is able to properly engage and represent our supporters as intended.