MEET THE TRUSTEES
Dr. Will Barrett
With a background in history, heritage, English and media communications, Will has worked at St James Park for several years as the project manager for a series of Heritage Funded schemes, which have resulted in the creation of numerous displays and exhibits around the ground, as well as the delivery of education and wellbeing programmes.
He is a trustee of the ECFC Museum Trust, and is also the programme editor for the club, working with the media team to produce the award winning ‘Grecian’. As a Trustee, will sits on the communications working group, creating content for our website and social media channels, and is always happy to discuss all things ECFC.
Trustee and Football Club Director
Elaine was originally co-opted onto the Trust Board to help raise funds when we needed new floodlights, and with your support, we were successful. Thank you, it's great to see them in use at SJP.
Having started as a volunteer, She is now entering her fifth year as a Trustee and her fourth as a Club Board Director. Her aim has always been to promote the Trust & to improve supporters' match day experience, always remembering to highlight the value of our incredible volunteers. As a Club Director Elaine is part of a team empowered by the Supporters' Trust, the majority shareholder, to run the business efficiently.
Of course, these aims often overlap and complement one another, the Supporters' Trust Suite is a good example. Having worked with Rose Clace since becoming a Director Elaine felt that it was obvious that the Suite needed refurbishment.
At the same time, the Trust Board were discussing the possibility of funding specific projects within the Club. The Trust Board agreed that this would be a suitable project as it would improve the Clubs' facilities, both for supporters on match days and as an attractive venue for our Commercial team to take to market. The work was largely completed during the summer of 2017 and has been very well received.
The Trust has a table for two in the Suite as part of our sponsorship deal and we have been inviting volunteers to be our guests on match days, in recognition of the amazing work they do for our Club. Elaine says that she will continue to combine her roles for the good of both Trust and Club and she is always more than happy to hear supporters' views.
Elaine sends her thanks for supporting her various appeals for volunteers, for funding special projects and activities like the Food Bank. She couldn't do it without you. UTC!
Being an Exmouth lad, I have been watching City since the early 80's. I did spend a couple of decades on a 'sabbatical' around the local football leagues, making some good friends. Obviously, time, impending middle age and parenthood is enough to draw a close to any ‘career' so I can usually be seen at City games with my boys.
I have many memories of SJP, from the time a marketing company gave supporters a free new chocolate bar (the Tracker) only to see most of them end up on the pitch, to watching Flacky beat the Southend 'keeper and roll the ball into the net to round off one of the most painful afternoons my football life has experienced.
Luckily time has moved on and the club has moved back to where it belongs, the Football League. The club is doing fantastically well at the moment, both on and off the pitch, but we shouldn’t rest on our laurels. I have my memories, I want to make sure others have theirs by serving this fantastic club and do everything I can to see it go from strength to strength.
I want to engage with our supporters and positively promote both the trust and the club. Who knows, that person just anonymously buying a ticket, a pint or a program could be a potential trust member, volunteer or even a future chairman, they may just need some kind words and a little encouragement. It’s a case of making sure we spread the word and let people far and wide know what it is like to be a part of something so unique and special.
Trustee and Football Club Director
Clive was elected to the Trust Board in 2016 having been involved with Exeter City as a Junior Grecians committee member. He looks after their website and social media channels as well as being the Ball Boy/Girl administrator.
He spent over 20 years in the hotel and catering industry in General Manager roles and as a Hotel owner and currently runs an online retail business. Clive has been involved in football for many years as a player, coach, welfare officer and club secretary and once he settled in Devon in 2008 it was the Trust ownership model that ignited his interest in Exeter City. Clive moved to Clyst St Mary in 2013, purchased his first season ticket, joined the Trust and hasn’t missed a home match since. He also enjoys traveling to away matches with Grecian Travel whenever possible.
Clive is a member of the Ownership Working Group and Communications and Engagement Group. On match days can be found in the new Family Zone which he helped to establish with the support of the Trust Board. Clive is happy to discuss anything Exeter City, Trust or junior supporter related and to give supporters a tour of our new Family facilities.
Trust Chairman and Football Club Director
Nick has supported the Club since 1969 when, after watching the Grecians lose 2-1 to Port Vale (27th Sept 1969)., just a few days later attended a mid-week game against Swansea City (1st October 1969), which resulted in a 6-0 win! The bug had bitten!!
After 40 years working in the newspaper industry, mostly in technology, he retired and, looking for something to fill the time, he became Trust Secretary in 2012, a position that he held for 4 years. After a brief hiatus in 2016, Nick returned as a co-opted Trustee in 2017 and was elected by the membership in 2017, and then as Chair to the Trust that November!
Nick can be contacted via the Trust E-Mail address: email@example.com
Trustee and Football Club Director
Pete was born in Exeter, but lived away from the City for some time. On his return in 2009 he wanted to actively support our Club so he stood for election onto the Trust Board and he says that he feels privileged to have been elected.
He is a lawyer by profession, with 12 years tenure as a PLC Director. He considers that the skills and experience thus gained have proved invaluable in his various roles for both the Trust the Football Club.
Pete has been Chair of the Finance Group - now the Finance & Governance Group - since 2010.
As a Trustee he is particularly interested in the Finance & Governance issues of both Trust and Club, being heavily involved in the present and ongoing governance arrangements between them.
Neil Le Milliere
Neil is a long-standing member of the Trust, who was co-opted to the Trust Board from the formation of the Trust until he had completed the maximum years allowed for continuous membership. After his mandatory year’s absence, he was again co-opted in October 2012 before successfully standing for election in 2013 and then being re-elected in 2016.
Neil is on the Supporters Direct Board; Chair of their England & Wales Football Council; and Chair of their Governance Group. Neil is also a key figure in the London Exiles Supporters Group representing them at APFSCIL (The Association of Provincial Football Supporters’ Clubs in London) where he is also Secretary. Neil also serves on a FA Committee and is Chair of a Football League as well as refereeing and being a playing member.
Neil does a great deal of work coordinating the Exiles’ travel arrangements and is a regular himself at almost all home and away games across the country. He also organises appearances by Exiles Supporters teams at various competitions in England and abroad. Lastly Neil is one of the moderators/administrators of the long-standing Grecian Net online group mail list for Exeter Supporters.
As well as being involved in Football Neil is heavily involved both as a player and as an administrator, locally and nationally, in Table Tennis.
If you ever want a word with Neil about anything at all then head to the FECRACE Bottle bar in the St James Centre on match days where Neil and his colleagues, all volunteers, will be happy to sell you a pint of real ale.
Trustee and Communication & Engagement Group Lead
A keen supporter since 1966, Pete worked for many years in the fields of engineering and town planning. He retired from full-time work in December 2012. This allowed him to devote more of his time to Exeter City FC, where he had been a member of the Trust Board during various periods from 2005. Elected in 2014 after a three year break, he was re-elected again, for a further three year period, in October 2017.
He is presently leads the Trust’s Communications and Engagement Group and is a member of both the Ownership Working Group and the Club’s Gates Committee. When time allows he also does research work for the History Group and the Grecian Archive, particularly searching for items relating to the football club in newspaper archives.
Pete is always happy to talk about all things ECFC with Trust members so, if you see him around the ground, or on the Trust stall on matchdays, don’t be afraid to say ‘hello’.
Jon is 18 years old who says that he is on the Trust board to try and learn more about the club now at a young age and how it is run so that he will hopefully be of use to it in the future. He is studying the Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma/extended diploma course at Exeter college and will be there for two years. Jon also helps around the ground on a match day with the media team and is currently running the Exeter City official Snapchat as well as assisting with with the much liked SJP 360 videos when help is needed.
Mark was born in Exeter and and has supported the club for over 20 years. He fondly remembers his first game which was randomly away at Barnet in the late 90s. After multiple attempts to become a trustee Mark is delighted to have been successful and looks forward to utilising his skill set to assist the Trust moving forward.
Having secured a Business Studies degree from the University of Greenwich he passed the Graduate management scheme with Enterprise Rent-a-car before spending the last 7 years working in business to business roles. Mark prides himself on his professionalism and ability to deliver excellent customer service whilst making business critical conditions under pressure.
Mark has also been appointed the lead of the Ownership Working Group within the Trust and as a season ticket holder always welcomes conversations with fellow fans at games both home and away.
Born in St Thomas, Exeter and having lived there all her life, Yasmin is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Bath studying Politics and International Relations. Her first game at Exeter City was a 3-0 defeat to Notts County at home in September 2017. Like many others, Yasmin caught the bug, became a trust member and season ticket holder and has attended many games home and away since.
Yasmin has also taken up roles in both the ECFC club shop on match days and weekdays, along with assisting with the media department when needed. This allowed her to see many different areas of the football club and spiked her interest into seeing what she could learn and how she could help with the Trust. She is keen to sit on the Trust Board to learn about different areas of the football club in the hopes that she can help to support the club through the next generation.
Yasmin is particularly interested in engaging younger supporters and students in the area to the Trust and the Football Club and is looking forward to strengthening this during her tenure as a Trustee.
Trustee and Ownership & Membership Working Group Lead
Richard is a well-known face around SJP. Has served the Club behind the scenes covering virtually everything from ball boy to Company Secretary. Currently the Supporter Liaison Officer and has made a huge impact helping to mastermind the improved EFL half-yearly annual Family Excellence marks from 2 &3s to 9s and even 10s out of 10. Coordinating winning the EFL League Two Away Fan Experience Award for the Club last season is probably his best achievement to date.
Current custodian of the Club Charter and organises the annual Fan Engagement Centre. Works hard on Supporter Engagement and improving the match day experience. Hopes that this will eventually lead to increased Trust membership.
He is also secretary to the City Community Trust, Academy Technical Board and Women’s’ Academy Board.