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Welcome to the Wycombe Wanderers Trust

  • "Safeguarding our heritage and promoting a successful and sustainable future."

Trust Board

Trevor Stroud (Chairman of WW Trust)

Trevor has been a Wycombe Wanderers supporter for over 20 years, and Chairman of WWT since 2010. He was originally a board member with Wycombe Wanderers Founders Trust, before the formation of the current Trust.

Trevor’s area of specialism is Sales & Marketing, and  has held a number of senior positions in both Blue Chip and smaller organisations. He is currently Director of Sales at Cranberry, a specialist producer of Nuts and Dried Fruit.

In terms of his Wycombe memories, there are many outstanding moments, including the visit to Villa Park in 2001, and Jermaine Easter’s goal against Chelsea in the Carling Cup Semi Final, but thinks that Dave Carroll’s goal in the 1994 play off final at Wembley, wins as his best Wycombe moment.

In terms of the Trust, he is determined to ensure that the links between the fans and the Club are as strong as possible, to the benefit of both sides, whilst ensuring that the best interests of WWFC are protected at all times.

 

David Cook (also a Board Director of WWFC) 

I first started supporting Wycombe Wanderers in season 88-89 when they twice defeated Newport County, the team that I had supported whilst growing up in South Wales in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

When the opportunity to serve on the Trust Board as a co-opted director in mid 2010 was offered, I was very happy to become involved in what I saw and still see as a crucial phase in WWFC’s future. My duties, to date, whilst not restricted to a single role, have, in the main, been in respect of Trust communications.

Now retired, I can reflect on 29 years of employment with a major international healthcare company where I gained considerable management experience and skills development in the areas of planning, negotiating and project management in an international procurement marketplace.

Alan Cecil

Luke OíNien of Wycombe Wanderers is presented his home shirt from his sponsor during Wycombe Wanderers Team Photoshoot 2015 at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England on 3 August 2015. Photo by PRiME Media Images.

I started supporting the Chairboys in 1993 and have rarely missed a home game since then. I also get to many away games each season.  All our 3 sons have been involved with the club in both supporting and working roles.

I took early retirement after working for more than 40 years in banking where my emphasis was on customer service, office organisation, honesty and efficiency.

Soon after retiring I was working on the capital structure of the Club, using my banking knowledge to good effect as we sought to raise funds against the assets, which under the restructure in 2012, came into the ownership of Frank Adams Legacy Limited.

In recent times I have also found time for other voluntary work for the Club, including selling programmes and 50/50 tickets, repainting the main gates, the former Loakes Park gates and other parts of the stadium, cleaning seats and other ground maintenance jobs. I also am the chief editor of the Trust website and took on the WWT Facebook page and Twitter account in order to ensure that we communicate with members and fans in as many ways as possible.

I listen to many fans views both on matchdays and via social media. I aim to represent all fans and bring to the Trust Board balanced opinions and their views, plus a good understanding of financial matters and customer service, all based on experiences in life, work and as a WWFC loyal and passionate supporter.

Please feel free to contact me at alan@wycombewandererstrust.com or in the Vere Suite before any home game, where I am usually handing out the team-sheets.

 

 

John Derben (also Chairman of Frank Adams Legacy Limited)

John DerbenMy involvement in WWFC began when I married Sandie 21 years ago who has been a lifelong supporter. We lived in Winchester at the time and I found myself travelling to all the home and away games.

Inevitably we became involved in OWWSA serving on their committee and today I am Chairman and Sandie runs the fundraising team. We are both life members of the Trust and I served on the Football Club Board for 2 years where my brief was Health & Safety. Today I sit on the Governance Group and represent the club on the Safety Advisory Group.

I also look after the Volunteer Working Group. I served as an Independent Councillor on Havant Council and become the Charter Mayor of the new Borough in 1974.

After I closed my business I ran the British Red Cross Branch in Hampshire with 50 staff and 5000 volunteers. During that time I opened 12 shops and expanded both the fundraising and First Aid and Work Programme. On retirement from the BRC my wife and I founded Club Hampshire, Dorset and Poole and when we finally retired after 10 years we left behind 70 clubs, 2000 older people and 450 volunteers.

I am a life time member of the Scout Movement holding many appointments, concluding as Chief Commissioner for England, with responsibility for Programme & Training across the Organisation.

I believe my life experience in business and the voluntary sector will enable me to make a difference on the Trust Board particularly in the areas of infrastructure and volunteering.

I was appointed OBE for services to Scouting and the Community in 1986.

Nigel Kingston

NIgel KingstonI have been a Wanderers supporter and season ticket holder for over 20 years. My wife, children and grandchildren are also keen Wanderers fans.

I worked for Rank Hovis McDougall in Sales and Marketing for 18 years and then ran Dunlop Slazenger International Footwear business as MD.

I’m now fully retired and keen to apply my energy, drive and marketing skills in order to help the Trust move the Club forward in the future and bring in new supporters to our great Club.

David Roberton

David RobertonHaving 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.

It is a privilege 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 .

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

David Smith

David Smith 1David started supporting Wycombe Wanderers in 1999, prompted by his daughter’s growing interest in the game. While she went on first to be a mascot in the 2000/01 FA Cup run, and then to play for the WW Ladies team, he became a keen supporter of the Blues.

A trust member since May 2012 he is a passionate believer in the fan ownership model and his loyalty to the club is tested only when they play his boyhood team York City.

He is full of admiration for the time and commitment invested  in the club over the years by the directors of both the Trust and the club itself, and feels honoured to have been invited to join the Trust board.

David is a partner in a City law firm and hopes that his 35 years of experience advising private and public companies will be of benefit to the Trust.

Lawrie Read

lawrie-readI’ve been a supporter of Wycombe Wanderers since the day we entered the Football League and have been a season ticket holder for the past 12 years. I joined the Trust three years ago and volunteered to serve on the Trust’s memorabilia committee a couple of years ago. I recently sponsored Gareth’s home shirt and joined the 500 club.

I have lived in South Bucks for most of my life, my wife and I having bought our first house in Flackwell Heath in 1973 and moved to High Wycombe in 1985, and I am well aware of the history and traditions of this football club.

Away from football, I have recently been a Board member and company Director of UK Screen, the trade body responsible for companies offering Production Services to the UK’s film and television industries and I was President of the BKSTS (the British Film & Television Society) for four years. I have also been an International Governor of the American Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers.

I believe that with my business background, having successfully run my own Company from 2007-2015 and previously served on the management of the BBC and the news organisation ITN, I am suitably qualified to help make decisions that are in the best interests of the Trust and Wycombe Wanderers football club.

I hope this helps give you a better picture of me and assures you that I will be a dynamic but safe pair of hands in representing both the views of the membership and the objectives of Wycombe Wanderers Trust Ltd to the best of my ability.

Tony Hector
I began supporting Wycombe Wanderers in October 1969 having been persuaded to attend my first game by two school friends.  A season ticket holder from around 1992, I have rarely missed a home game since and also get to attend many of the away games.

After working for HSBC Bank for over 42 years in various managerial positions, I retired in 2015. 

I am keen to now devote my time and energy to not just helping the Trust safeguard the Club’s heritage, but to also help drive it forward under the Trust ownership model.  I believe that my broad experience will help augment the skills of the existing Board members in achieving this aim.

Bob Massie

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Bob-Massie-1-150x150.jpgBob Massie is a successful television executive and producer, who has been a Blues fan since 1992.  His favourite all-time player is Dave ‘Jesus’ Carroll (current player: Paris) and his favourite ever game was the FA Cup thriller versus Wimbledon at Selhurst Park in 2001, which the Chairboys won 8-7 on pens.  

Bob runs the Entertainment and Factual division at IMG Media, one of the largest independent television production companies in the world (and producers of the weekly EFL highlights show).
 
He was Controller of Entertainment at ITV and a Founding Editor of ITV’s London Tonight and has vast experience working across a wide range of television genres, from factual documentary specials and series to primetime entertainment formats and live event specials. A BAFTA and Rose d’Or Award-winning producer, Bob’s TV credits include: The Royal Variety Performance (ITV); Blind Date (ITV); The Big Breakfast (Channel 4); 10 xAn Audience With… TV specials (ITV); two David Beckham documentaries (ITV and FOX); Being Victoria Beckham (ITV); Superstars (BBC); Ant & Dec’s All*Star Cup (ITV); two series of Celebrity Squares hosted by Warwick Davis (ITV); two seasons of the Critics’ Choice Award-nominated Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Channel 5 and ITV in the UK and The CW network in the US); Into The Fire (UKTV) and World’s Strongest Man (Channel 5).  

Bob has been lucky enough to work with a galaxy of world-famous celebrities stars including David and Victoria Beckham, Diana Ross, The Spice Girls, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Catherine Zeta Jones, Tom Jones, Phil Collins, the BeeGees and Sir Elton John. But the real ‘stars’ in his life have always been the players of his beloved Wycombe Wanderers.

Peter Lerner

Qualifications, skills and experience relevant to Board membership: 

  • I am a former public sector chief executive with hands-on experience of providing strategic direction and management to a large multi-facetted organisation.
  • I have run two successful consultancy companies since 2005, making use of my public sector experience to help organisations and individuals through difficult times.
  • I am an accredited coach and mentor and an accredited mediator; both sets of skills mean that I am good at helping people and organisations move forward and helping them find solutions to knotty problems.
  • I was for a short period an elected board member of the former Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust where I specialised in community engagement, and gained valuable insight into the role of the Football Club in the local community.
  • I am Vice Chair of Governors at a local Primary School and understand the importance of engagement with young people.

What I can bring to the running of the Trust:

I have supported Wycombe Wanderers since 2002 when I brought my then seven-year old son to his first football match. On that day the football was not too good, but we were impressed by the attractive stadium, the wonderful setting and the family friendly atmosphere, and so we kept coming.

I served on the Supporters Trust Board in the early days of the “Hayes era” and learned a lot about the Club during that time. When the club turned in a different direction and became Supporter Owned I was thrilled as I believed that this was the best model for a club at our level which wished to retain its local roots. I have been happy to make my share of financial contribution to the Club and am in my sixth season of player shirt sponsorship.

Our hard core of supporters, of which I am one, become very used to what is on offer at Adams Park. I would like to see our hard core support increase so that our club is even more representative of our local community. To attract new supporters we need to pay close attention to all that we have to offer. Some would describe this as the “matchday experience” but these are the things that can attract supporters or send them away disappointed – from the quality of the food on offer to the state of the toilets, the pre-match and half-time entertainment, the journey to and from Adams Park.

We also need to do all that we can to engage local businesses, to make them proud of belonging to the same town as our successful football team, and to obtain their engagement and sponsorship.

If elected as a Board member of the Trust I would use my skills and experience to work hard to help to get more people involved and participating in what we do.

There are many differing views about the direction that the club should take, and I believe that, so far as a Trust Board member is able to influence the decisions of the football club, I am able to keep a cool head and help to ensure that any necessary decisions are taken in the best interests of the club and community.