Resignation from the Role of Chair
It is with a heavy heart that today I tender my resignation as Chair of the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust (and it’s nothing to do with bloody flags).This is not a decision I have reached lightly, in fact I originally was going to step down after the AoCV was announced, but I agreed to give it a few months. Since then nothing has happened to change my mind. Emma has also decided to resign from the Board, so we can spend more time with our family.
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the people on the Board; they have opened my eyes to a lot of things in life. Their dedication and hard work can only be commended.
When I joined the Board we set out a three year plan to achieve goals like AoCV; the Future Trust; increased and professional interaction with the club; increased membership; a new brand / website / sense of purpose; and to make our Trust one of the best in the country.
We smashed these objectives in our first year. I now feel I have left the Trust in a better place than when I found it.
In the last year or so I have given up hundreds of hours, some of my own money, and have always given 100% in carrying out my Trust duties. In doing this, I have not devoted enough time to the other parts of my life, so it is now time to step away from LUFC and the Trust and regain some perspective.
Trust Secretary Sharon Reid will step in as interim Chair until the end of the year.
I thank the members that have supported me on this journey and I hope we can continue to be friends (most of you have my email and phone number, so keep in touch) but, as with everything, there is always a minority of folk who I have no interest in keeping contact with.
I would like it noting that all the decisions that the Board and I have made have been considered at great length, and everything we do is for the benefit of members and the wider Leeds fan base. But I often feel like the things we do are met with so much criticism that the effort we put in seems futile – that being said I hope in my time in this role has made most of your LUFC lives a little better.
The Trust will always have my full support and I firmly believe the path we decided to go down is the right one. Football is changing, and I feel that Leeds needs to change with it but unfortunately; I don’t have the vision or time to help make this happen.
Again, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with and on behalf of our members. I am now going to enjoy the quiet life for a while with my family, dog, and sword collection, though I will remain on the board for the remainder of my term, in an advisory capacity.