The Exeter City Supporters’ Trust Board is made up of elected and co-opted (voting) Trustees as well as executive (non voting) officers, and is responsible for the day to day operation of the Supporters’ Trust. Members of the Trust Board have a number of different functions and roles. Each outlined below:
Trust Board Members
Martin Weiler (Chairman)
A City fan for over 40 years, Martin was elected as a Trustee in 2013 and elected Trust Chairman in October 2016. Prior to this he had been a co-opted Trustee from 2010. Martin serves on the Community Working Group and is 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. Martin is particularly interested in the heritage of the Club and has worked on the various Brazil projects. He is a regular contributor on Club history to the matchday programme. Martin recently retired as a Manager with the Environment Agency and also volunteers as Chair of Trustees for St Sidwell’s Community Centre.
Elaine Davis (Trustee)
Elaine was elected onto the Trust Board in October 2015. A prominent member of the East Devon Grecians, Elaine has experience of fund raising, having run Grecian Goal for several years – if you’d like to join us please get in touch! Elaine worked at a local school for many years and enjoys meeting current and former students on the Big Bank.
Paul Farley (Trustee)
Paul has a background in learning. He is the Trust’s representative on the club’s gates committee, where he helps inform policy decisions through the derivation of meaningful statistics. Paul is also the Chair of the Club/Trust Community Working Group and and the History group. He has led on grant finding and is passionate about finding and preserving the clubs heritage and memorabilia, working in partnership with Exeter University. As a volunteer he supports the club as Child Protection Officer. Paul’s wife Frances was, until recently, a member of the club’s board of directors. Paul is currently a member of the club board and has responsibility for policies, procedures, equality, diversity and safeguarding.
Clive was elected to the Trust Board in October 2016. After spending over 20 years as a General Manager in the Hotel & Catering industry, he is now self-employed within Travel and Retail businesses. Clive has supported Exeter City since moving to Devon some eight years ago, and since settling in Cyst St Mary with his wife and two children three years ago, hasn’t missed a home match. Clive is a Junior Grecians committee member and looks after their website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. This season he has taken a role as a Ball Boy/Girl coordinator.
Clive is looking forward to working with his Trust colleagues especially with regard to youth and family supporters. He is keen to work on the integration and retention of the Trusts junior members, to increase the Junior Grecian membership and in helping to improve the match day experience for both junior supporters and families. Clive welcomes the opportunity to discuss these and wider Trust issues on match days and at Trust events.
Pete Holding (Trustee)
More information to follow on Pete who was elected to the Trust Board in October 2016.
John Kanefsky (Trustee)
John joined the Trust Board in October 2014. He is retired after a varied career in management, financial appraisal and control, and communication in several large organisations. He is especially interested in finance and governance, both the strategic stuff and the detailed numbers and procedures, which are not glamorous but essential, to providing a base from which City can play the successful and attractive football we all want.
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.
Neil is on the Supporters Direct Board and their England & Wales Football Council and is a key figure in the London Exiles Supporters Group representing them at APFSCIL. 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.
If you ever want a word with Neil about anything at all then head to the Bottle/Cask bar in the St James Centre on match days where Neil and his colleagues will be happy to sell you a pint of real ale.
Pete Martin (Trustee)
Pete joined the Trust Board in October 2014. Now retired from full time employment, Pete spent most of his working life in highway engineering and town planning and dealing with major development schemes. His interests are music, the cinema, gardening, computers and IT and following City home and away. He is also currently chairman of the Exeter City Supporters’ Club.
Laurence Overend (Trustee)
Elected to the Trust Board in 2011 and re-elected in 2014, Laurence was Trust Chairman and served on the Club Board from 2012 to 2016. He is a member of the Trust’s Finance and Governance Working Group and chairs the joint Board Governance Committee.
Laurence practices as a solicitor in North Devon and has supported Exeter for over 40 years. A third generation Grecian he is proud that the family tradition continues through his son who is a season ticket holder on the Big Bank.
Matthew Phillips (Trustee)
Matt was elected on to the Trust Board in October 2016. He is a student actuary with a focus on risk management, and has been working as an actuarial consultant since leaving university three years ago. Born and raised in Exeter, Matt has been a Grecians fan from the age of seven, when he was first brought to St James’ Park. He is now mainly restricted to watching the Reds play away, being exiled in Manchester.
Paul was elected to the Trust Board in October 2015. As an Exeter boy, born and bred, Paul has been supporting City since his Father took him to his first game in 1976, with Alan Beer scoring the winning goal. He remembers very well what a great team we had then with Beer, Kellow and Robertson and was hooked after this. Then when he was old enough to go himself he was a regular on the Cowshed and who can forget those great ’81 FA Cup nights against Leicester and Newcastle. He soon learnt though that supporting City doesn’t give you many nights like that, but that didn’t matter it was in his blood.
Paul has been a Big Bank regular for many years now and always takes in a handful of away games every season as well. Also through his work career he has been able to support the club with various sponsorship packages over the last ten years and this has helped to build the profile of the business, alongside mutual benefit for the football club.
Paul became a Trust member in the early dark days of the Conference and firmly believes then, as he does now, that Trust Fan ownership is the way forward for our club.
Sean Devine (Trustee)
I started my Professional career at Millwall FC as an Apprentice and went on to win an FA Youth cup medal and sign pro forms with Millwall. Later, I had four seasons with Barnet FC where I held there league goal scoring record, also played for Republic of Ireland b, where I played alongside Robbie Keane Damian Duff and Richard Dunne and went on to Wycombe Wanderers where I also broke their league goal scoring record.
I signed for Exeter City and finished top goal scorer in two seasons I was there and also captained the side against Man Utd in the third round of the FA cup.
I then went to play in inaugural season of the A League for the NZ Knights.
I was delighted to be voted onto the Trust board.
My focus is to work alongside the Junior Grecians and FITC to help get our next generation of Trust members involved with the club and to look at ways this can be achieved.
I am also keen to help with any media or public relations for the Trust and the club, and possibly improve and retain the reputation and the communication of these groups.
Alice Cooke (Press and Media Manager)
City fan Alice is the Trust Press and Media Manager and manages the Trust’s Press and Media relations, whilst playing a key role in the creation of news items for both the Club and Trust websites. Alice will also be responsible for the creation of the Trust’s successful E-Newsletter.
Vacant (Web and Social Media Officer)
Steve Chudley (Trust Finance Officer)
Steve became the Trust Finance Officer in August 2015 and through this is also a member of the Finance and Governance Working Group.
He has worked in financial services for almost 20 years and been following City for even longer, having first been taken along by his father at a very early age. Despite now living in Bristol, he makes it to every home game possible, as well as a number of away games each season.
Graham Deasey (Trust Secretary)
Graham took up the role on 9 January 2017. Graham brings a wealth of experience to the Trust including six years as Chief Executive and Company Secretary for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. He has also worked for the NHS, The Children’s Air Ambulance, the Fire Fighters Charity and Relate.
Since retiring from full time work Graham has been volunteering with the development of Exeter City’s Football in the Community Walking Football initiative. He also assists with the delivery of the ‘City Fit’ programme and is a member of the Senior Reds.