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The Trust Board
The Trust Board

Leading the work of City's Trust

The work of the York City Supporters Trust is led by the Trusts Board. The majority of the Board is made up of elected members from the Trusts membership. The Board can also co-opt up to four people, who must be Trust Members, to help fulfil the Trusts role.

Currently, there are eleven elected members to the Trust Board and two co-opted members The elected members are Steve Beck, Mike Brown, Kirsten Gillies, Terry Herbert, Graham Kilby, Sophie McGill, Steve Ovenden, Paul Rawnsley, Peter Rookes, Michael Shannon and Richard Snowball. The co-opted members are David Cocker and Ian Hey. Stan Collins acts as Secretary to the Trust.

At the Trusts last AGM/election, four Board positions were elected Sophie McGill, Steve Ovenden, Paul Rawnsley and Peter Rookes. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, each will hold their position for three years. At the Trusts next elections expected to be in the last quarter of 2004, four of the existing Board members will retire by rotation (each of whom can stand for re-election, if they wish) and four Board positions will again be open for any Trust Member to stand.

Three of the Trusts elected Board members Steve Beck, Mike Brown and Sophie McGill - volunteered and were also appointed to the separate Board of the Trusts subsidiary company, York City Football Club Limited. They form part of the six-strong Board of Directors put in place by the Trust to run the Football Club.

In accordance with the Trusts Board Membership policy, co-opted Board Members are appointed for a year at a time. Ian Hey was first appointed as a co-opted Board member in December 2002. Ian was co-opted again in January 2004. Ian is a life-long City fan who, when hes not watching City, works for Yorkshire Bank. Ian has been particularly involved in delivering various Trust events and in promoting York City and the Trust within the national football community, having provided assistance to a number of trusts at other clubs. Ian is also the first point of contact dealing with enquiries of the Trust Board via the website. Although Ian was not elected at the AGM, the Trust Board considered that it would be of benefit to furthering the Trusts work and role for Ian to be co-opted.

David Cocker was co-opted as a Trust Board member at the back-end of 2003. David has supported City for over 40 years and is now Chair of the Vice Presidents. David also helps promote City, and raise funds, through the Minstermen Lottery. In part, David was co-opted to the Trust Board to help build links to the VP group and City businesses and to assist fundraising.

Brief profiles of the Trusts Board members were included in the booklet York City: at the Heart of the Community - circulated to all members and available from the Club Shop. Further details are available via the Trusts website at

The Trusts Role
The Trusts role is summarised as follows:
i) Promoting York City within the local community;
ii) Promoting York City and the Trust within the national football community;
iii) Working with all parties to ensure the Club continues to have a decent home in the city;
iv) Carrying out the operations of the Trust itself, as a separate legal entity with around 2,000 members;
v) Fundraising to provide money to pass on to help the Clubs finances;
vi) Helping and organising for more volunteers to be somehow involved in assisting the Trust and the Club on a regular basis;
vii) A guardianship role in relation to the running of the Club. We represent the interests of the community and supporters in the way in which the Club is operated.

Corporate Governance review

Majority ownership and control of clubs by trusts is still virgin territory. At York City we are at the forefront of developments in this area and many eyes are looking at York to see how matters develop.

Last month, the Trust Board commenced a review of the corporate governance structures and processes at York City. This is a natural periodic assessment almost one year on from the formation of the new York City. In some respects, the corporate governance review may also relate to the Bootham Crescent arrangements. Further information about the review will be announced in due course.

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