Meet the Board

  • Robin Sainty Robin Sainty Chairman Born in Kings Lynn, I read History at Fitwilliam College Cambridge before trying to fit a business career around a much more important thing, football!

    I played in the old Eastern Counties League for Wisbech Town and the Southern League Premier for Kings Lynn before a spell as a director there and 13 years in management at Swaffham and Downham. In between I managed to set up a successful business in 1990 from which I’m trying to retire! I’ve also written a weekly column in the EDP for the last 7 seasons.

    I’m a season ticket holder in the South Stand and try to get to as many away games as possible, while away from football I’m a big cricket fan and love to travel.

    I joined the Trust board after the winding up of NCISA and became Chair in late 2014. I believe passionately in fans being shareholders, having a sensible input into their clubs and the need for supporter groups to work together for the common good.
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  • Mandie Thorpe Vice Chair Civil Servant working for the Ministry of Defence since 2000.

    Season ticket holder in the Lower River End since late 1990’s, sitting with my Mum. Finally converted my sister and she sits 5 rows in front of us.

    Cockapoo lover, slimmer, runner, FitBit fanatic, perpetual worrier (not necessarily in that order!)

    I love all sport, in particular football and darts.

    Currently Vice Chair and Membership Secretary for the Trust, putting my legendary organisation and administrative skills (together with my ability to talk to anyone), to good use.
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  • Mike Reynolds Mike Reynolds Trust Secretary Retired Electronics Design Engineer and ex-member of the National Executive Committee of Prospect, the trade union for Specialists in Govt and the private sector.

    Ex Old Barclay then Lower Barclay but now upper Barclay all since 1988.

    One of the founder members of former Norwich City Supporters Trust launched at the Castle Museum September 2002.

    Long term supporter of Supporters Direct which helps fans to set up democratic cooperatives (known as supporters’ trusts) to gain influence in the running and ownership of their clubs.

    Trusts exist because they are needed, I believe football could be run better and Clubs should be more responsive to the needs of their fans and the local community. The Trust must be seen as the critical friend of the Club.

    To this end it is so important that the Canaries Trust retains its right to speak for its members and City fans in general. It can only do this by increasing its shareholding to make it even higher than 15th largest NCFC Shareholder.
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  • Gary Field Gary Field Trust Treasurer Chartered Surveyor managing property investments for a private property company based in London.

    City supporter for over forty years; 59'ers Lounge season ticket holder and regular away day traveller. Occasional My Football Writer columnist.

    Joined the Canaries Trust in 2014 and interested in football governance.
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  • Kathy Blake Kathy Blake Board Member Trust board member whose responsibilities include fund raising.

    As former secretary of NCISA I have always been interested in fans issues and consider it important for the fan base to hold shares in the club. We never know what the future holds for NCFC and supporters’ shareholdings have proved vital for other clubs during difficult times. I was brought up in an NCFC supporting family I first started attending matches in 1965. Over the years I have sat in just about every area of Carrow Rd including the posh bits. I have however now found my spiritual home in the Snakepit.

    Away from football I am a microbiologist employed as laboratory manager at Crowshall Veterinary Services in Attleborough. This of course is border territory and I have to deal with Ipswich Town fans on a regular basis.

    I also enjoy cricket and am a wildlife enthusiast. In the spring I volunteer at the peregrine watch point in the cathedral close. I am also a storm chaser and travel to the US mid west most years to experience severe weather on the plains.
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  • David Harper David Harper Board Member I have recently retired as an accountant having spent most of my working life in the profession.

    I have been a Norwich City fan all my life,attending my first match with my dad at the age of 8. I am now in my 53rd year of going regularly to home games and so have seen many highs and lows.

    I believe in supporters trust as this gives ordinary fans the chance to have a stake and say in the running of their club at a reasonable cost.
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  • Stewart Lewis Stewart Lewis Board Member Stewart Lewis worked for 30 years at opinion research company MORI (now Ipsos MORI), including 20 years as a director. He is now an independent consultant.

    He brings business and communication expertise to the Canaries Trust, which he is delighted to serve as a life-long Norwich City fan and season ticket holder.

    After Great Yarmouth Grammar School, Stewart studied Modern Languages at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is equally proud of scoring 100 career goals for Capital Canaries in the West Fulham League.
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  • Neville Townshend Neville Townshend Board Member Royal Navy for 23 years then various Govt organisations for another 15 years.

    Chairman of Forces2Canaries (F2C) Supporters Group since 2011. Also Vice Chairman of the Norwich Royal Naval Association (RNA).

    Watches NCFC home games from the back row of the Lower Barclay Block E. Manages to fit in around 15-17 away games most seasons.

    Football Trusts help to provide a link between fans and their football clubs. Along with the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) fans are beginning to have a voice on how football should move forward these days.
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  • Jack Reeve Jack Reeve Board Member Known best for my work under the name 'TalkNorwichCity' online I have built a collective online following of over 15,000 people across my social networks as well as working for BBC Radio Norfolk and regularly writing columns for the EDP and Evening News. To date my YouTube channel has been watched nearly 3 million times.

    I was brought onto the Canaries Trust board to tap into a new demographic and also provide expertise when it comes to Social Media.

    For me the Canaries Trust plays a vital part in Norwich City football club fan culture as without the Trust the voice of the fans would be even quieter, a risky route to take in an ever commercialising game.
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  • Di Cunningham Di Cunningham Board Member Di is organiser of Proud Canaries - NCFC's LGBT supporters' group, founded in 2013 and the first officially recognised such group in the country. The Proud Canaries have worked with the club and across other fan groups via Canaries Trust to help make Carrow Road a more inclusive space. Di is also currently Chair of national alliance; Pride in Football, for which a key role has been to help similar groups develop at other clubs - there are currently 26. She was invited to give evidence to the Commons Select Committee on Homophobia in Sport as well as appearing at a Westminster Briefing on Hate Crime. She recently attended the FIFA Equality4All conference and gained the support of Thomas Hitzlsperger for the new fan movement.

    Di supports the Green and Yellow Army from the back of the Geoffrey Watling - and from Away stands as often as possible.
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  • John Easton John Easton Board Member I am a self employed accountant.

    Supported Norwich City since mid 50’s. Best City moment Bayern Munich away. I sit in the South stand.

    Member of former Norwich city Supporters trust since its inception in 2002.

    I believe clubs need a fans presence to influence the clubs on their running, this is provided by the trust.

    The trust aims to purchase shares to enable it to have a voice on behalf of the fans, I am totally in agreement with this. The higher our shareholding the stronger our voice will be.
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  • Mal Mortimer Mal Mortimer Board Member Joined the board in the early naughties. Like fellow board members over the years, striving to increase the share holding of our beloved NCFC through fundraising, and to hold the club to account through difficult times, but to maintain support throughout.

    Supporter since the 58/59 cup run.

    Currently an accountant but now on a semi-retired basis.

    Still remembered in some quarters as the shareholder who Glen Roeder questioned "my tenure as England manager"!
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  • Elliot King Elliot King Board Member Elliot is one of our newest members of the Board. Joining in 2017, he was brought into the Trust to help increase youth membership and participation as well as for his experience of working with the media.

    Elliot studied Politics at the University of Lincoln, travelling back to Norwich regularly for home games and is currently working for Mid-Norfolk MP, George Freeman. He has previously worked in PR and Communications, as well as being the Deputy Editor for a regional business magazine. He has also previously worked for fellow NCFC fan, Norman Lamb MP, as well as for a national charity.

    Outside of work, Elliot is a fan of travelling, the theatre and dog walks across Norfolk. However, his biggest passion is Norwich City, attending games from an early age and being a season ticket holder in the Lower Barclay since 2009.
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  • Chris Newby Chris Newby Board Member I am a proud Norfolk lad born in Norwich, and have held a season ticket in the South Stand since 2010. I also travel to away matches whenever possible.

    Unforgettable Canaries memories for me, amongst many others, include being part of the Yellow Army for our away day at Portsmouth on that cold Bank Holiday Monday night back in 2011, and the celebrations on the Fratton Park pitch after we won 0-1 against Pompey and secured promotion back to the Premier League after Cardiff’s shock defeat earlier in the day to Middlesbrough. Obviously, as well our play-off final day at Wembley. As well as the result, seeing half of one of the worlds most famous stadiums packed with Yellow and Green, singing ‘On The Ball, City’ is something that will live with me forever!

    By day, I currently work as a Commercial Manager in the Poultry Trade. I also hold a Diploma in Professional Photography, having studied with The Photography Institute, and some of my work is presented on my own website – chrisnewbyphoto.com.

    I’m extremely proud to join the Canaries Trust board. I believe that it is important in this day and age with evolving times in Football, for the fans to have a real voice at the football club, and the Canaries Trust provides that platform. I hope to bring my various skills gained throughout life and my working career to compliment and help the Board, and to help discover and develop ways to give the Trust more exposure to our up and coming generation of fans.
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  • James Mingay James Mingay Board Member I have been firmly strapped in on the Norwich City season ticket roller coaster ride for over 30 years. I'm a passionate member of the lower Barclay vocal contingent and a fourth generation City supporter (I've added the fifth in my little lad).

    My Norwich City highlights include many moments from the Stringer years to the Walker European run. Lambert's 'attack, attack, attack' era has to be some of the most exciting football to ever grace Carrow Road. Wembley will always be stand out moment that I am confident we can repeat. NCFC have Premiership ambitions and all the qualities needed to get there with the added bonus of the best fan support in the world. (biased... who me?!)

    When I'm not losing my voice in the Barclay, NCFC is never far from my mind. My partner Kerry and I love to travel and a recent highlight (much to her dismay) was planting a NCFC flag onto the summit of Machu Picchu in Peru.

    Career wise I have 20 years plus of expertise in the sign, graphics and design industry having worked in both the UK & Europe.

    The Canaries Trust is a great way for local fans to have their voices heard and have their opinions on the future of NCFC taken seriously. This isn't a channel afforded to many other fans at other clubs, for that reason I'm very proud to be a part of a modern thinking football club that allows supporters to have a say in the team that they love.

    OTBC!
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