Name: Stuart McDonald
Occupation: Retired Accountant
Current role: Ex Supporter Director/Treasurer. Elected Board Member to 31 July 2021
Why did you join the Trust Board: Became a Trust Board member in 2004. I would have liked to have put myself forward sooner, but working in London in the Trust formative years made that impractical. I joined the Trust because I wanted to make a contribution; football has been a huge part of my life, both playing at grass roots level and following the Swans at professional level.
A passionate believer in the ethos of the Trust and its role and influence on our football club, as guardian for the best interests of both the Club and the supporters. The fans are the Club, and the base on which everything else is dependent.
I felt that I could represent the fans, coming from a total football background, entirely a part of our core support and an absolute affinity with the passions, hurt and expectations of being a Swansea City fan.
What attributes/skills are you able to bring to the Board: My accountancy training, leading to a financial career principally in the newspaper industry, has provided me with a disciplined, methodical and pragmatic approach to business issues and challenges. My career experience has encompassed all areas of management accounting and change management, and dealing with all levels of management and employees. I feel that I possess a mature personality, one that can look at situations in a measured and objective manner, and act accordingly.
How do you feel the Trust can further develop its representation of members and the wider fan base: By striving to forge a strong working relationship with our majority owners, and also the management team at the Liberty, by continuing to press our ownership to be transparent and engage with our supporters, by achieving a resolution to the still unresolved shareholding situation. We need to improve our communication with our membership, and continue to encourage members to put themselves forward for Trust Board elections.