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Steve Chudley (Trust Finance Officer)

“Steve became the Trust’s Finance Officer in August 2015, a role which covers many areas such as the day-to-day management of the Trust’s financial affairs, liaising with the Trust’s Membership Secretary, Club employees and local and national suppliers and assisting in the preparation of the Trust’s annual accounts. As part of this role, he is also a member of the Finance and Governance Working Group.

Having lived away from the area for eight years, Steve recently took the opportunity to move back “home”. He has worked in corporate financial services for 20 years and been following City for even longer, having first been taken along by his father at a very early age.”

Martin Weiler (Trustee)

“A City fan for over 40 years, Martin has been an elected Trustee since 2013. Prior to this he had been a co-opted Trustee from        2010.   Martin was Trust Chair from 2016-17. Martin serves on the Trust's Community Working Group and for many years was         Co-ordinator of  its One Game One Community Group which seeks to address diversity and equality issues in football. In 2012  Martin was the winner of  the Devon Community Foundation Trustee of the Year award. In 2014 he also became a Trustee of  the Exeter City Football in the  Community Trust, now City Community Trust.

Marrtin is particularly interested in the heritage of the Club and has worked on the various Brazil and World War commemoration  projects. He is a regular contributor on Club history to the matchday programme. Martin is Secretary of the Trust's Exeter City History  Group and is a member of the Heritage Lottery Funded City Museum project management group.

Martin retired as a Manager with the Environment Agency and also volunteers as Chair of Trustees for St Sidwell’s Community  Centre”.

Neil le Milliere (Trustee)

 “Neil is a long-standing member of the Trust, who was co-opted to the Trust Board from the formation of the Trust until he had  completed the maximum years allowed for continuous membership. After his mandatory year’s absence, he was again co-opted  in October 2012 before successfully standing for election in 2013 and then being re-elected in 2016.

Neil is on the Supporters Direct Board; Chair of their England & Wales Football Council; and Chair of their Governance Group. Neil is  also a key figure in the London Exiles Supporters Group representing them at APFSCIL (The Association of Provincial Football  Supporters’ Clubs in London) where he is also Secretary. Neil also serves on a FA Committee and is Chair of a Football League  as well as refereeing and being a playing member.

Neil does a great deal of work coordinating the Exiles’ travel arrangements and is a regular himself at almost all home and away games across the country. He also organises appearances by Exiles Supporters teams at various competitions in England and abroad. Lastly Neil is one of the moderators/administrators of the long-standing Grecian Net online group mail list for Exeter Supporters.

As well as being involved in Football Neil is heavily involved both as a player and as an administrator, locally and nationally, in Table Tennis.

If you ever want a word with Neil about anything at all then head to the FECRACE Bottle bar in the St James Centre on match days where Neil and his colleagues, all volunteers, will be happy to sell you a pint of real ale.”

Pete Martin (Trustee - Communications & Engagement Lead)

A keen supporter since 1966, Pete worked for many years in the fields of engineering and town planning.  He retired from full-time  work in December 2012.  This allowed him to devote more of his time to Exeter City FC, where he had been a member of the Trust  Board during various periods from 2005. Elected in 2014 after a three year break, he was re-elected again, for a further three year period, in October 2017.

He is presently leads the Trust’s Communications and Engagement Group and is a member of both the Ownership Working Group and the Club’s Gates Committee.  When time allows he also does research work for the History Group and the Grecian  Archive, particularly searching for items relating to the football club in newspaper archives.

 Pete is always happy to talk about all things ECFC with Trust members so, if you see him around the ground, or on the Trust stall  on matchdays, don’t be afraid to say ‘hello’.

Nick Hawker (Trustee - Chair)

Nick has supported the Club since 1969 when, after watching the Grecians lose 2-1 to Port Vale (27th Sept 1969)., just a few   days later attended a mid-week game against Swansea City (1st October 1969), which resulted in a 6-0 win!  The bug had bitten!!

 After 40 years working in the newspaper industry, mostly in technology, he retired and, looking for something to fill the time, he  became Trust Secretary in 2012, a position that he held for 4 years.  After a brief hiatus in 2016, Nick returned as a co-opted  Trustee in 2017 and was elected by the membership in 2017, and then as Chair to the Trust that November!

 Nick can be contacted via the Trust E-Mail address - trust@ecfc.co.uk or  nick.hawker1392@gmail.com.

Doug Gillard

Being an Exmouth lad, I have been watching City since the early 80's. I did spend a couple of decades on a 'sabbatical' around the local football leagues, making some good friends. Obviously, time, impending middle age and parenthood is enough to draw a close to any ‘career' so I can usually be seen at City games with my boys.

I have many memories of SJP, from the time a marketing company gave supporters a free new chocolate bar (the Tracker) only to see most of them end up on the pitch, to watching Flacky beat the Southend 'keeper and roll the ball into the net to round off one of the most painful afternoons my football life has experienced.

Luckily time has moved on and the club has moved back to where it belongs, the Football League. The club is doing fantastically well at the moment, both on and off the pitch, but we shouldn’t rest on our laurels. I have my memories, I want to make sure others have theirs by serving this fantastic club and do everything I can to see it go from strength to strength.

I want to engage with our supporters and positively promote both the trust and the club. Who knows, that person just anonymously buying a ticket, a pint or a program could be a potential trust member, volunteer or even a future chairman, they may just need some kind words and a little encouragement. It’s a case of making sure we spread the word and let people far and wide know what it is like to be a part of something so unique and special.

Elaine Davis

I was originally co-opted onto the Trust Board to help raise funds when we needed new floodlights, and with your support, we were successful. Thank you, it's great to see them in use at SJP.

Having started as a volunteer, I'm now entering my fifth year as a Trustee and my fourth as a Club Board Director.  My aim has always been to promote the Trust & to improve supporters' match day
experience, always remembering to highlight the value of our incredible volunteers.  As a Club Director I am part of a team empowered by the Supporters' Trust, the majority shareholder, to run the business efficiently.

Of course, these aims often overlap and complement one another, the Supporters' Trust Suite
is a good example.  Having worked with Rose Clace since becoming a Director it was obvious that the Suite needed refurbishment.

At the same time, the Trust Board were discussing the possibility of funding specific projects within the Club. The Trust Board agreed that this would be a suitable project as it would improve the Club's facilities, both for supporters on match days and as an attractive venue for our Commercial team to take to market.  The work was largely completed during the summer and has been very well received.

The Trust has a table for two in the Suite as part of our sponsorship deal and we have been
inviting volunteers to be our guests on match days, in recognition of the amazing work they do for our Club.

I shall continue to combine my roles for the good of both Trust and Club and I am always more than happy to hear your views.

Thank you for supporting my various appeals for volunteers, for funding special projects and activities like the Food Bank. I couldn't do it without you. UTC!

Clive Harrison

Clive was elected to the Trust Board in 2016 having been involved with Exeter City as a Junior Grecians committee member. He looks after their website and social media channels as well as being the Ball Boy/Girl administrator.

He spent over 20 years in the hotel and catering industry in General Manager roles and as a Hotel owner and currently runs an online retail business. Clive has been involved in football for many years as a player, coach, welfare officer and club secretary and once he settled in Devon in 2008 it was the Trust ownership model that ignited his interest in Exeter City. Clive moved to Clyst St Mary in 2013, purchased his first season ticket, joined the Trust and hasn’t missed a home match since. He also enjoys traveling to away matches with Grecian Travel whenever possible.

Clive is a member of the Ownership Working Group and Communications and Engagement Group. On match days can be found in the new Family Zone which he helped to establish with the support of the Trust Board. Clive is happy to discuss anything Exeter City, Trust or junior supporter related and to give supporters a tour of our new Family facilities.

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