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The Recent Election
Written by Elaine Dean   
Monday, June 18 2012

Following the recent resignations of several board members which left the trust inquorate, an election was held over April and May and the following board members were elected unopposed.

Here are the statements they sent in with their nominations......

RamsTrust Election Statements

Tony Beck

My Trust No. is 292, so have belonged from near the beginning. I retired as Company Property Manager after 45 years at Rolls-Royce in 2000, reporting directly to the Chief Legal Officer (now Commercial Director). Supporter of DCFC since Tim Ward's day and season ticket holder from when Cloughy came and the crowds returned with him. I also live locally in Chaddesden.

Jim Coyle

Next season will mark by 50th season as a Derby County supporter. I have a heart for the club and want what is best for its future. For at least 45 of those years I have been a season ticket holder and I have just renewed for next year.

Outside of football I am commercially and politically quite active. I am MD of Inspirations! (Design) Ltd – which sounds very impressive. But I am the only employee…..!

I am an Elected Member of Derbyshire County Council where I represent Pinxton and South Normanton. I also Chair the following organizations

  • South Normanton Community Interest Company (which runs The Postmill Centre)
  • South Normanton Parish Council
  • South Normanton Labour Party
  • “The Hub” Joint Services Centre
  • Langton Colliery Reclamation Committee

I also serve as a governor at two local schools and sit on a variety of other local committees and forums.

I would hope that my experience could help to relaunch Ramstrust and set it on a stable footing moving forward

Mick McDermott

Born Derby 1962. Rams fan for as long as I can remember. Season ticket holder for many years though currently not renewing as have lost interest in the game as it is currently being played and managed.

Married and recently returned to live in Derbyshire after many years away. Work in Leicester as a quality assurance manager.

Malcolm Turner

I have been a Rams fan for a very long time. The first match I attended was at the Baseball Ground in 1961. I still have the programme (it was against Bury).

I am a founder member of RamsTrust and have been a life member since its inception.

Until recently I served as a co-opted member of the RT Board.

I am an elected member of the England and Wales Council of Supporters’ Direct, the national, umbrella body for Supporters’ Trusts.

I am an elected member of the Sussex Area Committee of the Co-operative Group.

I served initially as the Trust Archivist in the early days of RT. Later I organised the acquisition of the two RamsTrust banners that were  purchased using member donations and that members displayed at PPS in those early days of the Trust.

Alongside many other dedicated members, I was active during the campaign against the Sleightholme regime. I wrote articles that appeared under the RT name for the local press and played an active role in the various campaigns, notably the one concerning the Co-op Bank’s involvement with the three (or was it five?) amigos.

I think this is an important time for the Supporters’ Trust movement generally and for RamsTrust particularly.

Derby fans deserve a thriving Trust, ready to make the best use of the growing opportunities opening up for supporters to have a greater voice in the game we all love.

If elected, I would be honoured to serve as an elected Board member of RamsTrust.

Jim Wheeler

I am a former Chair of RamsTrust, hopefully you all know my views on RamsTrust & DCFC – I strongly believe that supporters should have a voice and an influence within the club in everyone’s best interests. If you agree please vote for me, if you don’t, then don’t.

I recently had a discussion with season ticket holders around me at Pride Park on having a fans’ group that can speak to the club and raise these type of concerns that fans have. Not a supporters’ club to organise social events and away trips, but a democratic organisation that can put forward fans’ concerns to the club and in the media.

THAT is why RamsTrust is vital and cannot be allowed to end. The Government & Football authorities are coming around to recognising the importance of Supporters Trusts – it is a long process, but we are making inroads and will continue to do so.

There are also co-operative aspects of the Trust – not because it is a political organisation, but because it is important it is run properly and democratically. That has no bearing on the day-to-day activities of the Trust or being a Board member.

It is important we have as many people active in the Trust – and on the Board – as possible, and give everyone an opportunity to get their voice heard at the club.

I have a nasty feeling we are going to need a strong Trust again in the next couple of years, and now is the chance for YOU to get more involved. It may be that relations with the club would be better if I were not personally involved – and I would be happy to stand aside if there are others to step in (in fact I may have to due to work commitments anyway). I am sure my current Board colleagues all feel the same. The future of the Trust is more important than individuals.

I believe strongly in the fundamental principle that supporters should be involved and consulted in the running of their clubs – and of the game as a whole. RamsTrust – and all Trusts – rely on supporters to stand and run the Trust. It would be a travesty if RamsTrust was to cease to function at a point where the authorities are beginning to recognise and act on the importance of supporters trusts.

Please help me to ensure we have a Trust going forward to protect Derby County and its supporters.


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