THE TRUST BOARD
The Trust Board is made up of supporters who feel they can best steward the Trust towards completing its objectives. They are all volunteers, members of the Trust and were democratically elected onto the board by the members of the Trust. They come from a wide variety of occupations and were chosen to give the trust diverse experience and knowledge.
Transparency and communication are vital to everything the Trust does. In keeping with this, each Trust board member has a profile below sharing their experience as a City fan and professionally, so you can get to know them better.
The Trust board members will always be happy to speak to any Trust members or City fans, so if you would like to speak to someone, email firstname.lastname@example.org , and put the Trust board member’s name in the subject, and the email will be forwarded on to them, and they will get back to you within a working week. All Trust Board members are available on a Match Day.
Meet the Board
I have been the Secretary of the Supporters’ Trust since 2008. During this time my role has been to monitor the trust’s affairs and ensure that matters are dealt with in accordance with the Rules, legislation, good practice and to the benefit of the Members.
I believe that as we are now back in the City as a fan owned club we have an opportunity to prepare for our mid to long term future whilst at the same time establishing ourselves as an integral part of our community and I would like to be on the board of the Trust with the responsibility to foster that community engagement..
In the past I have worked on behalf of the Trust with Locality- a national network supporting community organization- to establish how we can put ourselves at the heart of the community and bring benefit to both the club and the wider population. It is critical we show value to the community as a whole, not just the football club, so we can forge partnerships with local businesses, community groups, schools, city council etc. and work more closely with private, public and third sector organisations locally.
Club and Commercial Liaison
My name is Dave Wood and I have been Chairman of the Trust for a number of years
I joined the Club Board 3 years ago with a view to get the club transitioned to fan ownership, get us back to playing in Worcester and help to improve the financial situation
The Trust is now the club majority shareholder and we are indeed playing back in Worcester
Since the most recent Trust AGAM, I have continued in my role as a Director of both Trust and Club and continued my work with regards to bringing the club back to a viable and sustainable business
I am passionate about our City of Worcester and our football club – I want the club to be available for future generations and believe this can be achieved with the help of like minded fans, all working together to achieve our goals
Community Engagement - Off Field Events
I am probably best known as the Club Historian, but as much as I like looking back at our glory days, I’m also very passionate about helping to take our club forward now that we are back in Worcester.
I have been a Trust member since it was first launched and for the last decade I’ve sat on the Trust Board as Vice-Chair.
I’m proud of what we have achieved in bringing City home and securing fan ownership. It has been an honour to work with so many good people as part of the Trust Board and I hope I’ve been able to make a useful contribution in my own small way.
I want to use the experience and knowledge that I’ve gained over the last decade to to help us move forward as we try to re-establish ourselves back in Worcester.
I’m very keen to improve spectator facilities at Claines Lane. I know some things are going to take time but I think it’s really important to listen to what you, as fans, are saying.
I also want Worcester City FC to be a respected part of the local community, both in Claines and in the city generally, and I hope I can be a good ambassador for our club and the Trust.
PR and Media
I became involved in the Trust by accident in 2008. I happened to be in the Harry Knowles Lounge at St Georges Lane when the Trust Secretary & Chairman were about to dissolve the Trust. I asked them to defer for a week as there were things people needed to hear about the ongoing Nunnery Way issues of the time. Just a few months later we called a meeting when over 250 people turned up.
I have organised lots of fundraising events over the years, I also set up the first online shop for the club back in 2013 which was incredibly successful before effectively closed down by the Club Chairman at the time.
Since the vote to allow community ownership our return to Worcester quickly followed & although we have been greatly affected by Covid, we are now in a position to move the club forward.
I set up a new online shop for the club which has brought in over £50,000 for the club in just over 12 months (which included a long period with no football due to Covid). I continue to run WCFCTV, which included the livestream during lockdown & now we are finally being allowed by the WFA to use the facilities at Claines Lane, I have introduced a new match day service which includes showing the game live in the bar as well as interviews and highlights from previous games. This all adds to a better match day experience for our fans & bring back the community spirit to our club.
With the Club now 50+1% owned by the Trust, we need to continue to build a stable base for the future. Without the Trust we would have no club, it is only here because people would not give in. Every single person makes a difference.
Over the course of the last eight years, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside the Board of the Supporters’ Trust and seen first-hand the genuine passion, commitment and professionalism that enabled the Supporters’ Trust to work with WCFC and external partners in navigating the Club to Claines Lane. There is always room for improvement, and I’d like to assist the Trust in building on its relationships and proactively engaging with the Club and the local community to create a more responsive, accountable and influential Supporters’ Trust.
I can’t say that I have been a Worcester City fan all my life and that I remember the days of St George’s Lane. I have been a Liverpool fan all my life but in the last few years my support has slowly declined. Ever since leaving Liverpool after graduating from University, I felt like I lost my local connection to the club and to the team. Therefore, when I moved to Worcester I wanted to connect with my new community through the local football club.
What made this process so much easier was that within moments of looking into Worcester City I could see all the hallmarks of a club run in complete harmony with my outlook on life: Community, Empowerment and Equality. Worcester deserves to have a football club that the city is proud of fans are passionate about and the Supporters’ Trust have so far worked to provide just that.
I will bring passion, energy and excitement to this role and want to bring as many local people as possible with me on Worcester City’s journey.
Community Engagement - On Field Football Activities
Being Worcester born and bred, I have been a City supporter since the mid 1970s. I soon got the ‘city bug’ and have followed them ever since through the good and not so good times, culminating in my having played for the Club’s reserve teams in the 1980s & 90s, after making my debut at age 16. I have a huge affection for the club and the game and truly believe that WCFC is a club that has great potential… after all… it is the biggest, oldest, and most famous club in the area!
I joined the Supporters Trust in 2015 and have always been an advocate of supporter ownership and community inclusion. WCFC draws its greatest strength from its supporters and community and in turn I am keen to ensure that WCFC does not forget this and makes access to the club as seamless as possible for our fans and our community. My role within the Trust is about community engagement through football, and sees me focus on introducing folk to our club through footballing opportunities such as match day mascot experiences to expanding upon coaching opportunities at club & community events. Making folk feel a very much welcome part of WCFC is key towards ensuring we have a steady and expanding stream of new supporters… be they youngsters, parents, and/or grandparents!
Having now achieved our Trust aims of supporter ownership and an end to our exile from the City of Worcester, there is plenty more that needs to be done in order to get WCFC back to where we all know this great club should be, and to this end I am keen to play my part… are you?
I have lived in Worcester since 1987. I started following Worcester City seriously when George Rooney became manager. I have memories of watching games at St George’s Lane, including many cold Monday nights! My two sons were junior blues and I have a fond memory of them beating Wolverhampton Wanderers! I am a season ticket holder and like to support the women’s team and watch them playing when I can. I wanted to take a more active role in the club so I joined the Trust Board as its Secretary this year. I hope to stay involved for the foreseeable future.