Supporters Direct Appoints New Chair

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Supporters Direct (SD) is delighted to confirm that Tom Greatrex has been elected by the SD Board as the new Chair of the organisation, replacing Brian Burgess who stood down at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 2nd July at the end of his term of office.

Tom has been involved in the Supporters Trust movement since 2003 as one of the founders of the Fulham Supporters’ Trust, then under the banner of the Back to the Cottage campaign, which successfully advocated Fulham’s return to their historic ground. As a former Labour and Co-operative MP and shadow Minister, he pursued issues of importance to football supporters in Parliament and in the wider co-operative movement. Tom has had a varied career as a trade union official, a senior local government officer and government adviser, before being elected to Parliament in 2010. Since 2015, he has worked mostly in the energy sector, and is the Chief Executive of a high profile energy trade association. Outside of football and Fulham, his main interests are film, family and travel.

Ashley Brown, CEO, commented:

“Tom has been active in the Trust network for many years, and has a great understanding of Supporters Direct and the challenges we face. Everyone at Supporters Direct is looking forward to working closely with him to continue the great work the organisation and its member Trusts continue to do”

Commenting on his new role, Tom said:

“I am delighted to have been elected by my fellow board members as the new Chairman of Supporters Direct, and I’m looking forward to working closely with the board, member trusts, Chief Executive and staff of Supporters Direct to progress the vital role of supporters in owning and running their clubs, and pressing for good governance in sport. I know first hand of the exemplary advice and guidance SD provides to Trusts from my time as one of the founders of the Fulham Supporters’ Trust nearly 15 years ago, and the campaigning and policy work which I was happy to support during the time I was a Member of Parliament. The opportunity for supporters to take an active role in helping to run and safeguard their clubs is as important now as it ever has been – and I am relishing playing my part in promoting our unique and vital mission in the years ahead.”

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