Trust Matters – Saturday 20th October

These articles first appeared in yesterday’s matchday programme – ‘Parklife’

Meet your Trust Board: David Roberton

Having spent my working life in the Pharmaceutical and Nutrition industries, I now have time in retirement to give something back to my favourite pastime football, and in particular to Wycombe Wanderers.

I’m proud to be on the Boards of both WWSET and WWT and I look forward to helping both organisations develop their future activities for the benefit of the Football Club and the community of High Wycombe.

During my time as a Trust Director I had the opportunity and privilege to represent the Trust on the Board of WWFC and for part of that time I was involved in the signing of players including Paris Cowan Hall, Joe Jacobsen and Sido Jombati, who are still with the Club.

At most home games you will find me working behind the “Ale festival” bar in the Vere Suite if you would like a chat.

Wycombe Wanderers Ladies.

Two years ago David Roberton was given the task (not really a task!) of integrating a Ladies football team into the Club structure. The first season was 2017/18 and the team finished in mid table.

However for the 2018/19 season we now have three teams representing Wycombe Wanderers, namely one Ladies team and two under 18 girl teams. Currently the Ladies are unbeaten and top of their League, whilst one of the under 18 teams is also unbeaten and top of their League, whilst the other under 18 team are third in their League.

We are making progress and it would be nice to see a few Wycombe supporters attend a match or two, you might be surprised at the standard of some of the football played. You can also follow them on Twitter @wycombeladies

Notes from Trust Board Meeting 24.9.18

  • Cash flow end Oct/Nov tight.
  • August actuals vs Budget to be circulated w/c 1st Oct for review and comment by Board members.
  • WWFC accounts audit almost complete, aim is to sign off at Club board 8th Oct and distribute to WWFC Shareholders soon after.    WWSGL audit nearly complete.
  • Legacy members now at 566. Action to contact 815 STH, who are not Trust members but have held season tickets for 4 consecutive seasons. They are eligible to become Legacy members once they join the Trust.
  • Fans attendance up 5% so far, bar and shop sales also up.
  • Reading FC contracted to play at AP for 2 more years and will contribute to pitch renovation costs.
  • Chairboys Funders Board meeting 6th Oct. John Bartlett was ratified as its Finance Officer, replacing the retiring Reg Rundle. Many thanks to Reg for all his work for CFF. Teresa Sleven appointed as new CFF Chairperson. Accounts signed off.
  • Fans Council feedback to be added to Board Agenda as a regular item.
  • Further discussions have been held with investors as per the Future Steps outlined at 12th Sept mtg. The aim is to be able to advise Trust members of latest status within the next couple of weeks.

Why the Trust Matters

Trust ownership has given the Club a level of stability that had been lacking previously. The Trust, a volunteer led, democratic organisation, passionately believes in the preservation of the heritage and history of our Club and seeks to share it with the wider community. The Trust is not constrained by the whims of individual Directors or owners.  All Trust members are equal and anyone can be elected or co-opted onto the Trust Board and, from there, onto the Club Board. The Trust’s annual subscription of £10 per annum makes Trust membership accessible to all. If you would like to join the Trust, or if your membership has lapsed, now is a good time to join. Contact John Bignell at johnbig@btinternet.com or come to the Trust table in the Caledonian Suite on home matchdays.

Trust Matters Feedback

If you have any queries about Trust Matters or if you would like us to consider adding something to the next edition, please contact Trust Matters editor, Nigel Kingston on nigel@ascom.net