Name: Rupert Thomas
Occupation: Vice President, Shell International
Current role: Elected Board Member to 31 July 2020
Why did you join the Trust Board: As introduction, I was born in 1966 and grew up in Swansea. I have supported the Swans all my life through the good years as well as the difficult times. We are now entering a challenging and uncertain period for both the football club and the Trust, and there are a number of complex issues ahead. I would like to put my energy and experience into ensuring that the Trust plays a strong and positive role in representing Swansea supporters to secure the best possible future for the football club. Following the Swans has been an important part of my life and I would like to ensure we have a club that we are proud of going forward.
What attributes/skills are you able to bring to the Board. I bring broad experience from my professional life where I work in a Vice President position for Shell International. I have been with the company for almost 30 years in operational, commercial, finance, communications, strategy and corporate roles. Most of this time has been spent in the Netherlands, the UK, and the USA, as well as other countries. I have negotiated multi-decade commercial agreements and am experienced in legal and governance matters. I have worked closely with members of the Board of Directors of Shell on a range of topics. I am myself currently chairman of the Board of Directors of IPIECA (an oil and gas industry association).
How do you feel the Trust can further develop its representation of members and the wider fan base. I believe Trust membership needs to be expanded significantly and transparency improved in order for the Trust to more effectively represent Swansea supporters and become more credible. It is particularly important to expand membership among young people who are currently under-represented. Improved communications via multiple channels and increased engagement with both Trust members and the broader fan base is vital to ensuring the Trust is vibrant and effective in representing the interests of Swansea supporters.