ROBIN SAINTY – CHAIRMAN.
Born in Kings Lynn, I read History at Fitzwilliam 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.
MANDIE THORPE – VICE CHAIR.
Civil Servant working for the Ministry of Defence since 2000.
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.
KATHY BLAKE –TRUST SECRETARY
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.
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.
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.
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
MAL MORTIMER – BOARD MEMBER.
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”!
CHRIS NEWBY- BOARD MEMBER
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.
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.
KRIS GUNNS- BOARD MEMBER
After moving to Chesterfield in 2011, my love for NCFC has grown (absence makes the heart grow fonder) and was thrilled to be given the chance to join the trust in a more official role. The trust gives the fans a voice, and fans are what makes a football club.
CHRIS CLARKE- BOARD MEMBER
I’m born and bred in Norwich and have supported the Canaries since 1992-93 season and attended my first match in 1994 a dull 0-0 vs Sheffield United for my 8th birthday. I’ve held a season ticket in the Gefforey Watling City Stand Wensum Section since 2007-8 season and have been through the good and bad of the last decade of the club from that vantage point. And yes I’ve argued with the managers there when times have gone bad.
Recently moved to the Snake Pit in order to add to the atmosphere
NICHOLAS BUCK- BOARD MEMBER
Norfolk born and bred and proud to be so, attended my first match at Carrow Rd in 1967 and hooked ever since. I have always worked within the county and with the people of Norfolk. I discovered cookery in the 80’s, became a massive ‘foodie’ and ended up owning and running a small cafe in Burnham Market, I now manage “Joy of Food’ a cookery skills programme for Norfolk County Council. Outside of work I try to keep fit, ( a pay off against eating….and getting old!) I have my season ticket in the South Stand and I like to think I have a balanced view on all things Norwich City, having seen the club go through many cycles of success and failure. I believe the supporters are a vital part of any club and love the passion, opinions and debate that being a supporter brings. I hope to bring something to the board, exactly what, I am not sure, but am convinced I can make a contribution
ANDREW POLLEY- BOARD MEMBER
Being a proud Welshman with his roots in the Cardiff area, Andy’s first football experiences were at Cardiff City watching a certain young John Toshack playing up front! This meant that the play-off final against Birmingham at the Millenium Stadium was a particularly special day, despite the final result! However, much of his own sporting involvement was playing rugby union and basketball. Having moved to Norfolk in 1980, Andy played for Crusaders, Norwich Civil Service, Norfolk Welsh and University of Wales.
Andy has enjoyed a successful career in leadership and transformation management, largely focussed in the marketing, procurement and supply chain disciplines. He has a specialist MBA gained at University of Wales, Cardiff and is also a qualified business coach, mentor and NLP practitioner. Andy has been a Canaries fan since 1992, having caught the ‘bug’ from his son Stephen, who was then just eight years old. With season tickets in the South Stand, he regularly attends games with Stephen and daughter Alice who have both been passionate supporters for many years.
Andy is a firm believer in the fans having a genuine ‘voice’ in how their Club should be run and the direction that it takes in the future. As a board member of the Trust, he feels that this is an excellent opportunity to help achieve this.
CO-OPTED BOARD MEMBERS
NEVILLE TOWNSEND- FORCES2CANARIES
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.
DI CUNNINGHAM- PROUD CANARIES
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.
DAVID WILTSHIRE- BARCLAY END NORWICH
I’m a fan leader of Barclay End Norwich, having co-founded the group in March 2013. Our primary aim is to improve the atmosphere in the ground on match days and we’re responsible for the more colourful and vibrant Barclay End we’re currently enjoying.
Passionate about fan culture both home and abroad. I’ve campaigned for standing areas and affordable ticket prices over the last 15 years
I’ve been a season ticket holder since 1992 and in the Barclay End since 2000. Along with watching Norwich, i also enjoy travelling abroad to watch football on the continent, particularly in Italy and Germany