In 2000, the government set up Supporters Direct, an umbrella organisation assisting Supporters’ Trusts, such as ours. It produced a model constitution, designed to ensure that Trusts operate in a democratic, transparent and accountable manner. Our constitution follows that model.
We hold Annual General Meetings, normally in August. At those meetings, the members of our Trust elect a Board of Directors, comprising at least nine (but not more than twelve) people. The directors normally meet online at 7pm on the second Wednesday of each month, to co-ordinate our Trust’s day-to-day activities. Any member of our Trust can use the “Contact” tab on our website to request permission to attend Board Meetings as an observer. Directors also fill various roles around the stadium (including at our Trust’s marquee in the Fan Village) on home matchdays, as well as at other events. Please feel free to chat with any of our directors at any time about any topic. They normally serve for a term of three years, but can seek re-election when that term expires.
Brief biographical details are given below of our current directors. They have two characteristics in common. First, a passion for Lincoln City FC. Secondly, a willingness to work actively for the Trust on a voluntary basis: there are no passengers. Their backgrounds, experience and particular interests are however very diverse. Collectively, they combine to form a very effective team. If you would like to join the team, especially if you have experience for interests that enable you to fill any gaps in the services that we provide, please seek election at the next AGM: nomination forms will be circulated beforehand.
Since being formed in 1954, Lincoln & District Football Supporters Club raised well over £1.6 million through a variety of events, including weekly bingo sessions. My father, Brian, served as its organiser from 1965 for over 50 years. Naturally, as I was a member of the next generation, he persuaded me to get involved, when my career as a bank manager allowed. The Trust came into being in 2000 and gradually collaboration grew between the two organisations. I joined the Trust’s Board in 2019 and the two bodies are now united. I take particular pride in seeing the fans voting for the Player of the Season Awards: that is something that the Supporters Club first arranged in 1970 – it is extremely satisfying to witness due respect being given to such long-standing traditions.
I was instrumental in setting up our Trust, as summarised under the “History” tab on our website, becoming its first person to chair its Board. At that time, I was the Trust’s representative on the club’s Board of Directors, of which I was also the Chair, as well as being the Vice Chair of Supporters Direct. Since those early days, I’ve been involved with the Trust, on and off. Currently, I am its Interim Chair and also represent it on the Club’s Board of Directors, together with that of the club’s holding company. The good governance of the Trust is my main focus, along with establishing and fulfilling appropriate strategies. I particularly enjoy interacting with Imps fans. By profession, I am an architect, now semi-retired.
I signed for the Imps as a player in 1997, scoring 32 goals in just over 100 appearances. In 2000, I was sold for what was then the highest transfer fee ever received by the club. In all the subsequent years, it has only been exceeded on one occasion. During my time at Sincil Bank, we were promoted from League Two to League One, which were then known as the Third and Second Divisions. My playing career having come to an end, I now work as a postman for Royal Mail. I joined the committee of Lincoln City’s Former Players Association in 2018 and am now its Chairman. The FPA does not merely enable former players to meet socially amongst themselves: its members reach out to fans on matchdays and participate in many other events to help the wider community. I was co-opted onto the Trust Board in 2022. My aim is to ensure that the FPA and the Trust continue to work together as closely as possible in future, for the benefit of all concerned.
I joined the Trust’s Board in 2016, becoming Membership Secretary in 2020. Even though I am an exiled season ticket holder, now living near Middlesbrough, you will normally find me at the LNER Stadium on matchdays, interacting with fellow supporters in the Fan Village, behind the KryptoKloud Stand. I’m a retired biochemist, having worked for 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry.
I came on to the Trust Board in 2021. I am a mature student. In recent years, there have been massive changes to the ways in which information is conveyed. I oversee the Trust’s social media communications, including its YouTube output. The demographic profile of users varies from platform to platform: since I became involved, the number of people following the Trust on Twitter has been built up to well over 1,000, with more than 500 on Facebook and in excess of 100 on Instagram.
I have been a Trust director for eleven years in total, spread over two spells. During that time, I served for two years each in the roles of Chairman, Secretary and representative on the Board of Directors of the Football Club/its holding company. I helped to start the process that resulted in the close connection that has arisen with the Lincoln & District Football Supporters Club. Contacts through my position as Lincolnshire Golf County Secretary enable me to help in organising the Trust’s Golf Days, which raise valuable funds as well as being excellent social events.
I own Tension Twisted Realities, the escape rooms and virtual reality centre. My business is the main sponsor of the Trust, which uses our premises as the venue for its Bingo Plus Nights and other events. I was co-opted onto the Trust’s Board in 2022.
My main work for the Trust involves running its Gold Membership scheme, undertaking all the administrative tasks involved in booking boardroom visits, organising meetings, etc. I’ve represented the Trust’s Gold Members as a director on the Club Board (which has appointed me as its champion for equality, diversity and inclusion) since being elected onto the Trust Board in 2019. I was involved in the review of the Trust’s constitution relating to the governance of the Gold Membership scheme and I helped to develop the Stacey West Investment Bond, as well as working on the #MyCityMyShirt project. I’ve been Interim Vice Chair of the Trust since October 2021. I’m a finance director for an IT consultancy.
I joined the Trust’s Board in 2015. I was the Trust’s Chair for two years and also represented its Gold Members as a director on the Club Board. I’m a retired chartered accountant and am currently the Trust’s Treasurer, also having served on the Working Group that organised the Stacey West Investment Bond. I’m currently a director of the both the club and its holding company in my own right.
TRUST BOARD IN BRIEF WITH ROLES 2021-2022
The Trust Board now consists of the following:
Rob Bradley (Interim Chair) (Supporters Trust LCFC Director)
Steve Tointon (Treasurer)
Amanda Slater (Gold Members LCFC Director / Interim Vice Chair)
Ian Hodgson (Membership Secretary)
Gavin Gordon (FPA Representative)
S Freestone (Company Secretary)
Updated May 2022