Trust Board Election 2019
We Own Our Football Club... As a proud supporter of Exeter City Football Club and member of the Supporters’ Trust, my manifesto is based upon a firm commitment to the past, present, and future of the Grecians.
It has been my great privilege, over the past six years, to work with the club and Trust in delivering the shared aims to collect, preserve, share and celebrate our history. In this time I have worked with a wide range of brilliant people, including colleagues, fans & Trust members, trustees & directors, former players & staff, and organisations such as the City Community Trust, to deliver the History of St James Park & ECFC Museum projects.
Our history is important, yet what we do now, as a Trust and as a football club, is vital as we aim to meet our shared ambitions of making ECFC not only sustainable for the community that it serves, but also successful in the decades to come. In recent years I have used my background in research, engagement, and media, to create club and Trust media content, in order to communicate clearly with our fan base, and to share more widely the positive and committed work that goes on at St James Park.
As a trustee, the continued support for our management and playing staff is paramount, while initiatives to strengthen the already strong foundations of our academy will be high on my list of priorities. Furthermore, this is more than a football club, and sustained engagement and support for our affiliated charities, volunteers, and fan groups will be right at the top of my priority list, asthese aspects are what make us truly special.
Furthermore, while many in football envy our Trust model, this is not something we can simply rest on. Of course we should be proud of this, but as an elected trustee my aims would be to engage with our members, and wider fan base, to boost our numbers and to make the phrase ‘we own our football club’ even more powerful to each person who associates themselves with ECFC.
On match-days you will regularly see me around the ground, so I will always welcome opportunities to talk to my fellow football club owners, and will aim to represent our many voices as we look forward to what I believe will be the brightest era in our wonderful history.
I am currently finishing up my Masters degree in International Sport Management at UCFB Wembley and the Escuela Universitaria Real Madrid Universidad Europea, adding a sporting specialisation to my undergraduate degree in Business Management.
My background prior to this was in e-commerce, both at Exeter City FC and at a charity. Since 2018 I have been an ambassador for Kick It Out as part of the ‘Next 25’ scholarship and have since engaged in communication roles at events and have performed ambassadorial duties at EFL games.
I have also been involved with the Trust for a number of years in a small capacity, aiding with the relaunching of the Trust newsletter, creating marketing materials and leading the 1,000th Goal project last season.
If I am elected to the Trust board, I will be seeking to engage the 18-25 year-old age group with the Trust, whose support will be crucial to the long-term sustainability of the Trust model. In light of the recent cases of Bury and Bolton, and a number of other clubs potentially ending up in similar situations, it is vital to ensure we continue to be sensibly and strategically run; and helping engage a younger audience on the importance of this is essential.
I will also be looking to drive the Trust to generate content across a number of platforms,with the aim of opening up potential new revenue streams which can further aid the financialsustainability of the Trust.During my time on the Trust board I will also be interested in aiding the development ofExeter City Women FC, looking to capitalise on their recent successes and the growinginterest in women’s football to help the club grow and progress further.
Ed and his family moved to Exeter in 1980 when he was three years old.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, he went to both Stoke Hill schools and then Exeter School and once appeared on the back page of the Express & Echo for representing Exeter at table-tennis against Plymouth!
Ed began to regularly attend City matches in the 1989/90 season at the age of 12,
watching from the Big Bank with his friends. He can still remember City winning the Division 4 title and joining in the many pitch invasions at St James’ Park!
After a short spell as a football journalist, and several years as a Website manager, Ed returned to Exeter in 2012 to set up his own technology business. The company, based opposite Bill’s on Gandhi St, has since grown to over 50 full-time staff and is a proud contributor to the Exeter economy.
Ed would like to join the Trust Board so that he can give back to his football club and use his expertise in technology, particularly the Internet, to help grow the Trust membership fan base. He believes the Trust should embrace all things digital to stay relevant in people’s ever busier and distracted lives.
Ed is a season ticket holder in the IP Office Main Stand and goes to every home match with his beloved mum Barbara, a 72-year-old die-hard City supporter.
Having been involved in football for many years in roles from player to club secretary and then with ECFC with the Junior Grecians, I stood for and was elected to the Trust Board in 2016. In January 2019 I attended my first Club Board meeting as a Trust appointed Director and in June, my role was defined as Director of Supporter Engagement.
I spent over twenty years in the hotel and catering industry as a General Manager and as a business owner. My customer service background has certainly influenced my approach to the responsibilities I have been entrusted with. I have supported ECFC since settling in Devon eleven years ago and since moving to Exeter, six years ago, I haven’t missed a home match and I travel to away matches whenever possible.
As a Trustee I am a member of the Ownership Working Group and the Communications and Engagement Group. I have introduced proposals relating to Supporter Experience, Family Zones, Ticket Offers, Woman’s Football, the Trust Youth Council as well as supporting important improvements in governance and business planning. I also attend Gates Committee meetings where I’m able to represent supporters’ views.
In my short time as Director of Supporter Engagement I have met with Supporter Groups to establish their priorities and to gather opinions on supporter experiences at SJP.
I am involved, as a volunteer, with the Junior Grecians, as a Ball Boy/Girl coordinator and on matchdays I can be found in the Family Zone or around the ground with groups taking part in matchday activities.
Three years ago, I stated in my manifesto,“Football, whether we like it or not, is a business, but we should not forget that it is an entertainment business”.“the need to put the customer first. The Trust its members and the Club its supporters”.“Make the slogan ‘We own our football club’ credible to the membership”.Today, I have no doubt that the SJP matchday experience is better, that the Trust - Clubrelationship is well defined, that they are working closely and that both understand what ‘WeOwn Our Football Club’ means.There will always be room for improvement and I am standing for re-election to the Trust Board because I believe, that together with colleagues, I have made a positive contribution to theTrust, Club and to supporter experiences at SJP and I would like to continue to do so.
I am seeking election to the Trust Board because for the first time I have the capacity to devote my energy to making a full contribution.
My overall priority will be to ensure the Trust remains at the forefront of supporter owned football clubs in the UK and continues to provide a sustainable and financially viable model of ownership. Helping the Trust achieve its aims and objectives and fulfilling the Strategic Plan.
I am currently the club Supporter Liaison Officer. The most recent successes in this role have been establishing the Ambassador programme and formal EFL recognition as the best Away Fan Experience in League 2 (2019) and for the last two seasons finishing second in the Family Excellence Awards (15th in the EFL). This has been a huge task lifting our scores from 2/3 out of 10 to 8,9 and even 10s that the independent audit now rates us. Because of the wide audit scope Family Excellence is in reality an holistic appraisal of how the Club looks after all supporters and not just families.
My aim if elected to the Trust board would be to further the match day experience offered to supporters. Continuing my existing work towards the welfare and interests of supporters.
I have been a volunteer at the Park for over 50 years covering a vast range of activities including match day programme, catering, steward and turnstile operations. During a varied career I have been a bank manager, school bursar, regional finance and administration manager for a national children’s charity. This has given me relevant experience in some of the areas the Trust is looking for: finance, marketing, PR, commercial and business management and has included working within an ethnic minority.
I remain secretary to CCT, Academy and the EC Women FC. I am a member of several supporter groups including the Disabled Supporters Association. I am also a member of the Equality and Diversity Group.
Neil Le Milliere
I’m 66, a retired Civil Servant, and a Grecian since boyhood. I left Exeter in 1966 for Kent. From 1980 I became a supporter going to games. I joined the London Grecians 1992, became travel organiser 1996, and have run GrecianNet
In 2000 I was one of a group raising money to buy Gary Alexander, who evolved into the Exeter City Transfer Trust, then the current Trust. I was one of three who drafted the first constitution. I became a co-opted trustee representing Exiled members continuing in this role until retiring under the ‘six-year maximum term’ rule ten years ago. I was then co-opted back onto the Board after a year off then stood for election in 2013 when I was successful.
I completed a review/update of our constitution ten years ago; closed the Red or Dead scheme and coordinated allocating funds raised. I took on several ongoing roles including running/organising Director for a Day and high-profile match ticket Draws.
Most visibly I am one of the volunteer staff on matchdays running the FECRACE
I act as Election Management Group Chair and Nominating/Returning Officer for other Trusts in their elections; I’m on the National Council of the Football Supporters Association; I’m on the FA Compliance Monitoring Group. I am also Secretary/Travel Secretary for APFSCIL.
Experiencing the formation of our Trust and the takeover of ECFC I can share/pass on my experiences proffering help/advice wherever needed both internally and externally.
My professional career and current responsibilities have meant I have considerable debating, influencing, and analytical skills etc; which are well suited to the requirements placed on a Trustee.
I'm passionate about the success of ECFC as a Trust owned club, being at the heart of the community and I invite you to vote for me, promising to continue to work towards getting our Trust/Club to the highest level possible whilst continuing to ensure we achieve it in a sustainable way holding true to the concept of supporter involvement in governance/ownership.
With my experience and wider involvement in football I feel I have made a significant contribution to ECFCST and seek to continue. I live in London so attending Board Meetings is a long journey and I need to claim 50% of journey costs if elected.
We all should continue to support both the Trust and thus the Club. The more of us involved the more successful we can be.
I have always held the fact I support a Trust Owned football club with great pride. However, I feel that everyone in the Exeter City community has held this even closer this season, as we have seen the plights of Bury, Bolton and many other clubs play out before our eyes.
As a younger supporter of the football club, I feel that it is vital that the youth are engaged with the Trust in order to maintain the security we have experienced over the last couple of years for the future. Equally, I believe young people can bring ideas to the table that can help to future proof our football club, ensuring we are being competitive both on and off the pitch.
I have been fortunate enough to work in different departments of the club this year, particularly the ticketing and retail and media sides of the football club. This has only deepened my passion for the football club, allowing me to show my support in ways other than attending matches.
Being a student myself, I would like to see a greater connection between the Trust and the student body at Exeter University, especially given that there are now students right on our doorstep. The interest amongst students is very high, with plenty of Uni students coming through the gates through the Grecian Society. The Trust Survey itself showed a drop off of support during the agesof 18-35, increasing the student membership of the Trust would ensure that this demographic is bolstered amongst the membership.
Equally, I believe diversity in football has never been more important. Having experienced misogyny in football myself, I think it is hugely important to continue raising the profile of our female supporters, as the club already have done by supporting the ‘On the Ball’ campaign. Currently,there are more Trustees on the Club called Pete than there are women, something that definitely needs to change in order for the Trust to become more representative of its fanbase.
I believe the sponsorship of the Women’s team is another great example of the way the Trust is willing to promote the female voice in Football and I would love to see this continue and the relationship strengthen. I encourage you to continue the clubs track record of supporting youth development and support my election to the Trust Board.
Alistair Yates CMILT BSc (Hons) APM Ch. Dip
After 18 years away from the Trust, I am seeking nominations for election to BoS to maintain its stability and ongoing development. I helped shaped the initial vision and constitution of the Trust, I actively played a part in recruitment and the financial management of the Trust when a Trustee. I was part of the founding group, I am a 1931er since the start and my family are members. My children are both Junior Grecians, I have supported the club since 1975. I have been a member of supporter’s groups and support all Red Legion displays financially.
Away from Exeter I am an FA qualified Level 1 coach retired, having run a youth team for 3 years. I referee matches in my local area. I am retired member of Round Table; I have help raise thousands of pounds in my local area. I have run my own supply chain business consultancy for the last 8 years. I am a certified project manager and business specialist in organisational change and development. I have used these skills working in 30 countries to transform businesses and turnaround organisations, maintaining business compliance and assurance.
I am looking to maintain the stability of the Trust, support the ongoing development of the Trust to increase its brand awareness, while looking at commercial opportunities to develop Trust. I would like to get closer to the RED LEGION, supporter groups and community groups to develop the Trust within the younger generations.
I would reach out to members that may have left, to explain why they are important to our club. I wish to develop the club relations to increase dialog and help shape targets, mould the mission and make sure targets are achievable, met or set for success. I want to increase youth membership of the Trust and encourage diversity.
From a digital perspective I want to further improve communications and put in place electronic voting systems if practical and nominations.
I live out of the area, but I attend matches regularly, I would attend meetings as required. I am available many matchdays for a conversation. With digital technologies I am confident Icould be active for the Trust. I would treat your nomination vote with great care and responsibility. I understand the Trust are seeking competences I possess and would be delighted to volunteer.