As many of you will know, I have recently become a director of The Shots Trust. I am now pleased to let you know that I have taken on the challenge of becoming Chairman and hopefully this will be confirmed by the members at our next AGM.
One of my first thoughts was to ask Dean Holdsworth whether he would consider his management team and contracted players becoming members of the Trust. Without hesitation he said yes and I should like to thank Dean, the management and players for their generosity in paying for their membership.
I have also been active in approaching people I know to become directors of the Trust and I am pleased to inform you that Peter Bridgeman, who helped me form the new club and became our first Club Secretary and Company Secretary, has agreed to become a director and the new Trust Secretary. I see this as a real bonus and asset. I also asked Tommy Anderson, whose grandad was John Anderson from the old Aldershot FC, to become a Director and he has accepted. So he will be our Media & Communications Director. Tommy is only nineteen years old and currently works in Graham Brookland’s ATFC Media team. Mike Hammond, who has supported the Shots for over sixty years, has also become a Director and we shall define his role over the coming months. These three positions will hopefully be confirmed by election at our next AGM.
We also have a new Treasurer in the name of Vanessa Storey. She is a regular season-ticket holder, along with her daughter, Lauren, and she is often joined by her father in the North Stand. Mike Greenwood, another loyal Shots Supporter and a qualified accountant who operates his own accountancy business called M K Greenwood & Co (01252 318400), has agreed to be our Accountant. Hopefully this will be on a ‘no-fee’ basis unless anything unexpected crops up within our own management accounts. We thank you, Mike, for your continued support.
So, along with Ian Goodwright, John Orme, Sefton Owens, Vanessa Storey and Bob Green, we have gone from a board of four to nine and I must thank Ian and John in particular for holding the Trust together during these past difficult six months, supported by Sefton and Bob. We can have as many as twelve directors and it is my intention to have a team of maybe ten but we shall only appoint one more if it is considered that person could be of real value to the Trust.
You can visit the Trust website on www.shotstrust.co.uk and see all the CV’s of the directors, other than Bob Green who is the current ATFC Secretary and represents the club’s Board of Directors when he attends our own board meetings.
My final piece of good news is that Supporters Direct have confirmed we may appoint an Honorary President and I am pleased to inform you that Graham Brookland, who has become something of a Shots legend, has been offered this position and we shall work out how his role could benefit our Trust. The position of Honorary President will be a non-elected or co-opted position bestowed by the Trust Board, renewable at 3 yearly intervals or at such frequency as may be decided from time to time by the Trust Board.
The other crucial point is that the position is a non-voting one and the Trust Board must be transparent with our members about who that person will be and the value they bring to the Trust. I believe that Graham will be an asset to The Shots Trust as he is well respected as a Shots supporter, a former Secretary of our football club and a former Chairman of the Supporters Club when he became a director of the new club. Graham also gave me huge support in setting up Aldershot Town FC. I will outline Grahams roles as Honorary President in a future programme.
Finally I shall be promoting a NEW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE and you can join online by going to www.theshotstrust.co.uk