Name: Roger Goodwin (Co-opted member to 31 July 2019)
Occupation: Retired Director of Post 16 Development for the Swansea Schools’ Consortium
Current role: Welsh Baccalaureate Schools’ Initiative (Swansea and West); member of “Membership, Marketing and Communication” sub group.
Why did you join the Trust Board: Joined the Trust as a member originally in 2001 After retirement saw the opportunity to involve it in the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification in schools so that its origins and principles are not forgotten and been a co-opted Board member since January 2017. Hopefully this initiative will eventually lead to more young people joining the Trust so that membership numbers, and accordingly its influence, increase steadily over time.
What attributes/skills are you able to bring to the Board: As a result of my previous employment I have the confidence, technical knowledge and network of contacts to make me very much at ease when working both with schools across the area and the Welsh Joint Education Committee. With respect to wider issues I am not afraid to speak my mind in board and sub group meetings where I hope my own brand of logic, when summarising debate, helps achieve positive outcomes.
How do you feel the Trust can further develop its representation of members and the wider fan base: The Trust needs to ensure that board members are present, clearly identifiable and willing to answer questions/debate with fans at a variety of venues on match days, and other occasions, in order to better personally gauge the views of the membership on a variety of issues. While it is important the Trust attempts to maintain a working relationship with the club, it is vital that does not impact on its ability to get those views across to decision makers at all levels within it.