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.

Don Woodward (former Chairman of WWFC)
Don & Gareth Torquay
Don has been a fan since 1999. He is a regular attender with his sons who are all growing up fans and his daughter who has been coming since her birth! Impressed by the style and ground football that has been consistent, Don felt this was a great example for his family.

An FA qualified coach Don works with several local clubs in junior football , that’s just an excuse to keep kicking a ball. Barred by his parents from following a playing career in football Don qualified as an Accountant and now works in Mentoring and business development having held top level Commercial Industry roles .

Don had to love football – growing up as one of 4 boys and when opening his bedroom curtains in his family home all he could see were twin towers. Attending school in Wembley Don watched his brothers team captained by Glyn Creaser ! They even had the same kit as WWFC.

Now with the Trust Board Don will help the development in this new era and bring his sporting and business backgrounds together for the benefit of the club and supporters.

Please forgive him for being Scottish and don’t ask him to play in goal – presumably for the same reasons.

During his time as Chairman of WWFC, Don was responsible for appointing Gareth Ainsworth as our Manager.

David Roberton (Also a Board Director of WWFC)

David Roberton 3I was born in Wycombe, went to school in Wycombe and have been a “Blues” supporter for as long as I can remember. I even played a few games at Loakes Park.
An early memory of being a “Blues” fan was the FA Amateur Cup Semi Final in 1957 when the “Blues” beat Corinthian Casuals at Highbury (unfortunately my dad would not take me to Wembley for the final because I would not have been able to see over peoples heads in the old standing section).

My reason for joining the Trust was to help try and ensure that my team survive and continue to play at a high level of football and do not go the way of Ilford, Leytonstone, Wealdstone and others whose assets were somehow lost and their football heritage and place in the community consigned to the history books.

I am very proud of my Club and want to ensure that my grandchildren can wear the blue quarters with pride whilst supporting their professional team in the safe, enjoyable and friendly environment that we had at both Loakes Park and now Adams Park.

Since 2004 I have had the privilege of being on the Trust , WWSET and WWFC Boards . I attend most home and away games and can therefore be easily found if supporters have any questions for me, whilst the  electronic option is david@wycombewandererstrust.com

Garry Heath (Chairman of Frank Adams Legacy Limited)

Garry Heath 3 webGarry’s family has been in the High Wycombe area since before the Civil War. From a furniture manufacturing family, chairboy Garry was previously a Bucks County Councillor for the central ward in Wycombe.

He volunteered to join the Trust to offer his help and experience of not for profit organisations and served as part of the merger team which united both trusts.

Apart from being a keen Wanderers supporter he is also an unashamed petrol head with a great enthusiasm for motor racing.

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

AlanI started supporting the Chairboys in 1993 and have hardly missed a home game ever since. 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.

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 have also taken on the WWT Facebook page 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 also via social media. I aim to represent all fans and bring to the Trust Board balanced opinions and their view, 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.

Colin Treacher (Company Secretary)

I have been a supporter for over 40 years and attend all home and many away matches with my wife, Karen. We are season ticket holders in the Frank Adams Stand, Founder Share holders and Ordinary (now non-voting) Share holders.

It is important to me that our heritage is safeguarded and the Club has a successful and sustainable future under the Trust’s stewardship. I joined the Trust Board in 2011 to give something back to the Club I have supported for so long and I am keen to continue to use my business knowledge and operational experience to help the Club and the Trust move forward in these exciting but challenging times. 

I am currently the Company Secretary of Wycombe Wanderers Trust.
I can usually be found in the Vere Suite before home matches and you can email me at colin@wycombewandererstrust.com

Mark Burrell

Mark BurrellMark is a dedicated Chairboys fan and season ticket holder for 12 years (since moving to the area from North Somerset) and can be found at home games on the terrace, and at many away games.

He’s a practical, results driven Management Consultant who believes in getting common direction, plans and focus.  He specialises in designing and delivering big transformation programmes for private and public sector clients that fundamentally change the way the business is shaped and works to get the best results, and service for customers, the business, stakeholders and shareholders.  This covers many well known organisations in financial services, energy and oil and major government departments, across the UK, Europe and Globally.

Mark is delighted to join the Trust Board to build on the considerable work already done to: secure our future; to be a “critical friend” to the football club to ensure we are all moving in the same direction to stabilise and grow the club: enable the club to reach its  fulfil its potential; and, to use his transformation skills to make a big difference to the future of both the Trust and WWFC.

Making successful change happen is his life…and this skill and experience will help the Trust and WWFC progress have a strong and sustainable future.

John Derben

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.

Dale Jenkins

Dale JenkinsDale began supporting the Chairboys in the late 90s, continuing a family tradition from when his grandfather Ray Howson played for the club in the 1950s after Sidd Cann spotted him at school aged 15. His grandmother Freda met Ray through watching matches at Loakes Park and can be found next to Dale on matchdays, having held a season ticket ever since Adams Park was built, including in the same seat of the Woodlands Upper Tier since it was constructed in 1996.

Some of the best moments as his time as a Wycombe supporter include the FA Cup and League Cup semi-final cup runs, although memories of the former are only fleeting! Nothing beats the warm glow of ‘three points’ though and Dale can be found at 95% of home and away matches hoping for the next Chairboys victory!

Dale stood for election to the Trust to add a new, fresh and younger dimension to an already experienced Trust Board. At the age of 22 he will aim to drive recruitment of new Trust members from a similar age bracket, which is vital for the future of the club.

Furthermore, he is committed to mounting projects encouraging lapsed fans back to Adams Park and strengthening the relationship with the Bucks Free Press to improve the coverage and reputation of the club in its local community. Finally, Dale will aim to help organise further fundraising efforts for the Trust, having co-ordinated the Walk to Oxford in 2013.

Dale is also a committee member of WWISC (Wycombe Wanderers Independent Supporters Club) and edits their quarterly fanzine, as well as writing voluntarily for the fans website ‘Vital Wycombe’.

He plans to work enthusiastically with all fellow Trust Board directors to ensure the best possible chance of sustainability and a successful future for WWFC under Trust ownership.

James Sumner M.B.A., MPhil, Ph.D.

James SumnerI have been a fan since Sunday, 6th December 1992 (2-2 Home vs. W.B.A.), sponsored thirteen consecutive managers and have been a Trust member since 19th January 2009.

I have no financial interest in the club save for an interest-free loan made in December 2000. I am neither a moneylender nor a property developer; I am a season-ticket holder, a sponsor and a fan.

I was a Founding Partner in a business, which was sold to a FTSE 100 company. I also have twenty-five years experience as a director in start-up, small, family-owned and publicly quoted companies.

We must re-establish W.W.F.C. at the heart of the community and, if and when finance permits, build up teams from the juniors upward. We must work closely with Wycombe’s Sports and Education Trust.

We need to be more creative in our thinking. For example, I think we should be liaising with other Trust owned Clubs to work with them to establish the optimum business model for Supporters owned Football Clubs.

We need to make Adams Park a great place to be, whether you’re a fan or a member of staff.

For this club to progress, we, as Trust members, need to adopt an open and honest approach and to embrace change.