Swansea City Supporters' Trust

Trust Board Updates

New Trust Secretary Appointment

As previously announced, Trust Secretary Mike Bastin is standing down from his role at this time due to increased work and family pressures. The Trust would like to thank Mike for his considerable efforts during his tenure, which have seen a number of improvements in how the Trust Board has operated internally, and we are hopeful that Mike will be in a position to return to the Trust Board at some point in the future. Mike wrote:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time supporting the important work of the Trust over the last twelve months and the experience has only served to reaffirm my belief in the Trust’s work to ensure the best possible outcomes for our club and its fans.

While I am genuinely saddened to be stepping away from such a supportive and hard-working group, I am hopeful that, as life settles, I will be able to return to the board in future and continue to deliver for the Trust. For members considering volunteering, in any capacity, I would absolutely recommend the experience.”

We are delighted to announce that Paul Barrett will be taking Mike’s place as Trust Secretary with immediate effect, with both Mike and Paul working together in the coming weeks to ensure a seamless transition. The Trust would like to thank Paul for stepping into this key role within the Trust and we look forward to working together!

If you would like to read more about Paul (or any of our other Trust Board members) then please visit our Meet the Trust Board webpage

 

Legal Affiliate Vacancy

We are disappointed to announce that our Legal Affiliate Dai Little will be standing down from his role at this time. Dai has been our legal advisor for 16 years and has played a particularly important role in recent years, due to the continuing legal issues in relation to the 2016 sale of the club.

The Trust would like to thank Dai for all his efforts over such a significant period in our history. We are also happy to confirm that Dai will remain engaged in our ongoing legal process, which is particularly important as he was a key participant during the events surrounding that case. Dai wrote:

“After 16 years of service as Legal Affiliate, I believe the time is now right for me to stand down.

Since joining my new firm in June 2016, my work has expanded, and the demands of my new role sourcing new clients has left me with far less time for other interests, including Swans Trust.

This has intensified over the last 2 years and I’ve not been able to devote as much time as I’d have wished to Trust matters.

Added to the above, I’ve recently taken on a non-executive directorship with National League North side Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC, having been introduced by a client. I am also assisting the Trust at my local National League South side Hampton & Richmond. As time has progressed, I’ve become generally more interested in the non-league game rather than the top levels of the professional game.

The Swans Trust will always remain close to my heart and I will of course remain involved in the ongoing legal process until its resolution.”

Dai’s continued involvement in our immediate legal process, alongside our other legal representatives, means we are suitably covered on that front for the immediate future. However, as the main representative group of the Swans fans and a significant shareholder in a Championship football club, we do have to meet a varied list of challenges which require legal advice on a frequent basis so will be looking to appoint a new Legal Affiliate in the very near future.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please contact info@swanstrust.co.uk in the first instance.

Swansea City Supporters’ Trust

23rd August 2020

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