Supporters’ Trust Chairman John Lacy has stepped down from the board following 18 months at the helm. John notified the Trust board of his intention to step down in April but has remained in post for two months to ensure a smooth transition. At a meeting in May, the Trust board unanimously appointed Mike Brown as Chairman to take effect from 14th June 2018.
Speaking of his departure, John said “The past 18 months have been a challenging and often frustrating time for both the Supporters Trust and the football club. However, in recent months there has been a strong and positive resurgence for the Trust in its vital role as guardians of the club. As a fan of nearly 70 years, I’m proud to have served the club’s supporters as Trust chairman and will look back on this time with great fondness. I would like to thank the Trust board and members for the fantastic support they have given me during this time.”
The Trust’s new Chairman, Mike Brown is a lifelong fan, founding Trust director and served on the club board for 18 months following the Trust’s takeover in 2003. He brings over 20 years business experience and is an award-winning digital marketing consultant.
Speaking of his appointment, Mike said “Firstly, on behalf of the board I would like to thank John for his sterling effort and commitment to the Supporters’ Trust in recent years. It has been a privilege to work with him and I wish him and his family all the best.
I would also like to thank my Trust board colleagues for putting their faith in me to help steer us through the next chapter in the Trust’s history. We have a lot of challenging work to do, but I’m sure their dedication, passion and support will help to deliver positive change and a brighter future for the club.”
Mike went on to set out the Trust’s priorities for the next 12 months, which included:
- Building bridges with the club board to help meet our common goals.
- Working with fans, professional bodies and experts to deliver a clear vision and plan for the football club’s future.
- Ensuring that the Trust meets its contractual obligations as we transition into the new stadium.
- Increasing Trust engagement in the local community through improved communications, events and outreach.
- Building a contingency fund through a comprehensive marketing and fundraising plan.
As a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society, the Supporters’ Trust is heavily reliant on the goodwill of our volunteers and support of our members. We encourage all fans to join the Trust, join our growing team of volunteers or make a donation at www.ycst.org.uk.