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MEET THE BOARD

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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 retired in 2019! I’ve also written a weekly column in the EDP for the last 11 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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Gary Field

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

Secretary

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.

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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Chris Newby

Vice Chair / Marketing & Communications

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 work and develop strategic relationships with various companies within the Global Food Industry, offering support in areas such as product procurement and sourcing, market research and knowledge and help and support with branding and design.  Currently, I'm based between Portugal and the UK.

 I hold a Diploma in Professional Photography, having studied with The Photography Institute.

I’m extremely proud to be a part of 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 complement 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.

My DM's are always open.

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Andrew Polley

Marketing & Communications Lead

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.

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Chris Clarke

Marketing & Communications

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 Geoffrey 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.

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Emmanuel Ncube

Board Member

Born in Zimbabwe, Emmanuel is proud to call Norwich home having moved to the city from London in 2009. Emmanuel is an avid sports fan with keen interests in football, Formula 1, Golf, Rugby and Cricket. Emmanuel, his daughter Zinhle (14) and Son Thelo (9) are all dedicated Norwich City fans. Emmanuel’s son also had the good fortune to experience the magic of a game as a mascot and met some of his favourite players. 

 “Football is a powerful tool to engender a sense of community. We should seek out marginalised or overlooked voices and create avenues for people of all backgrounds, motivations, and persuasions to participate in the beautiful game and fly the Yellow flag. I am honoured to part of the Canaries Trust and looking forward to making a positive contribution”

Emmanuel has a background in management consultancy from professional services firms and has undertaken a range of roles drawing on his business and management expertise to support the delivery of complex change. Emmanuel is currently Strategy Director for the NHS East Genomic Medicine Service Alliance. Emmanuel holds a BA (Hons) from the University of East London and an MBA from University of East Anglia – Norwich Business School.

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Andrew Waddison BEM

Social Media Lead

Andrew Waddison was born in Norfolk, attending his first Carrow Road game in 1989 which was the record breaking 8-0 win against Sutton United in the FA Cup - he fell asleep at half time! Since those primary school days his Canaries journey has taken him from Munich to League One and the Premier League, and now to working to spread the Canaries Trust message far and wide.

 

Football and cricket are Andrew's sporting passions, and away from them it’s food, wine, travel and nature - very often all at the same time. Andrew owns his own PR Company which specialises in promoting all that is good in Nelson’s County from pubs and restaurants, through to nature reserves, architects, local events and much more. But 3pm on Saturdays (subject to regular change!) are always kept free for Norwich City.

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Lorraine Taylor

Membership Lead

Being born into a family of Norwich City supporters, I was taken to my first game in 1975.  In the early 90's I worked in the Club Shop and was there during our UEFA Cup run. I am currently a season ticket holder in the Lower Barclay. 

With a degree in marketing, I have used those skills in a range of industries, however I can now be found designing kitchens. 

My interests outside of football are Moto GP, cricket, gardening, the wine, food and art of Italy, and enjoying walking my dog along the many miles of the beautiful Norfolk coast. 

I am proud to be part of the Canaries Trust and I very much believe in the part the Trust plays within our club and the wider footballing community. 

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Glenn Bate

Corporate Social Responsibility Lead

I moved to Norfolk in 1976 and a work colleague suggested watching a match and that got me hooked. Fourty three years later I’m still going and I’ve never lost the thrill of seeing us play. I’ll be the first to admit it’s been a roller coaster ride at times, winning the Milk Cup, the European run, Promotions, Relegations, losing the play-off final and what seemed like a never ending journey back to Norfolk but that is what supporting a club is all about, we win together, we lose together, but we never lose that belief. 

 

I joined the Trust because I feel it’s really important for fans to have a voice and I wanted to be involved, when the question of safe standing started to be discussed I contacted the Trust’s Chairman Robin Sainty offering my services as someone who has worked in Health and Safety for many years. Ultimately we would like to see a fan on the SAG team, the SAG team issue’s the general safety certificate to the club, unfortunately it’s not possible at the moment as the SAG team have refused to have a fan on board. 

 

I have a strong interest in diversity and inclusion, I had a stroke and was diagnosed with the incurable brain condition Cadasil nearly four years ago so I now have a disability and have experienced the stigma associated with brain injury. Really looking forward to the new season and watching us in the Premiership again OTBC.

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Sarah Greaves

Women's Football Ambassador

Born and raised in Norfolk to a football-supporting family who started attending at the Nest,  I have followed the Canaries since the glory days of the Milk Cup final in 1985.  Having seen many ups and downs since the 1980's my best game on a personal level has to be March 18th 1992 when Norwich beat Southampton in an  FA Cup quarter-final replay to celebrate my birthday.  

Attending games over the years has changed dramatically - it is no longer unusual to see female fans in the stands and outside of Carrow Road young girls no longer have to ask their schools to put on football training. Having represented Warwick University and Darwin College, Cambridge as a left-footed defensive midfielder, my playing days ended with the glory of winning Cambridge Women's League Division Four in the late 1990s.

Even though I left Norfolk many years ago to study science,  the season ticket has remained and I now attend home games (and many away games) with two of my three children in tow (a 66% conversion rate isn’t bad!). I am truly passionate about engaging more women and girls in the beautiful game through my role at the Canaries Trust, ensuring our ground is as welcoming as possible for everyone and working with NCWFC over the weeks and months to come.  Having married someone who really isn’t into football I have a true role reversal household where my other half can often be heard commenting on when the season will end - something everyone who knows me finds pretty amusing.

 

I can often be found commenting on either football or science at @SarahGreaves18 on Twitter (usually in my NCFC hat of emotional comfort).

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Laurie Egan

Fundraising Lead

I was born in Gravesend Kent and cricket was one of my childhood favourite sports, I still support Kent CC. I then lived in Cornwall where rugby and cricket were the main school sports and always look for the Cornwall and Bath RFC results.

 

I moved to Norfolk in 1987 and lived opposite Mike Phelan, who had a lovely family and was a great bloke to have as a neighbour, and underated as a player.

 

I have supported NCFC since moving to Norfolk and have been a season ticket holder for 10 years. I retired a couple of years ago and now enjoy doing away days too !

 

Away from football, I play golf ( very badly), love walking and exploring the Broads by kayak, and volunteer as crew with the Wherry Yacht Charter Trust.

 

I joined the Canaries Trust because NCFC is such a special club.  I want to help the Trust influence the NCFC to ensure that ordinary hard working fans are considered in their decision making, and to help the Trust continue to develop and promote links with the community.

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Mal Mortimer

Fundraising

Joined the board in the early 2000’s. 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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David Whiteside

Mental Health Team

Born in Huntingdon and now living in Birmingham, I saw my first Norwich game in September 1994. A 0-0 against Arsenal at Carrow Road. My favourite memory is watching the Playoff Final against Middlesborough.

These days, living in Birmingham I get to more away games than Carrow Road so I'm an away member. My work in the trust revolves around the Mental Health advocation and you can usually find me as one of the team behind the Canaries Trust Mental Health Twitter account.

Away from football, I am a Data Engineer in the travel industry. In my spare time, I enjoy football, music, F1 and quizzes and you can usually find me tweeting about these things as well as politics and mental wellbeing promotion.

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Nick O'Brien

Mental Health Team

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Stewart Lewis

Board Member

I worked for 30 years at opinion research company MORI (now Ipsos MORI), including 20 years as a director. I am now an independent consultant.

I bring business and communication expertise to the Canaries Trust, which i am delighted to serve as a life-long Norwich City fan and season ticket holder.

After Great Yarmouth Grammar School, I studied Modern Languages at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

 

I am equally proud of scoring 100 career goals for Capital Canaries in the West Fulham League.

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Roberto Bergonzi

International Ambassador | Italian Canaries

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Marc Foster

International Ambassador | American Canaries

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Lucas La Torre

International Ambassador | Brazilian Canaries

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