New Trust board member Martin wants to unify

Clare Martin is looking to unify. Picture: Sarah Standing
Clare Martin is looking to unify. Picture: Sarah Standing
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Pompey 1 Southend 0: They said what

  • A 21-per-cent turnout voted in four new additions to the Trust board
  • Martin joins Johnny Ertl, Simon Colebrook and Scott Mclachlan in being elected
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Clare Martin has pledged to unify the Pompey Supporters’ Trust board after being voted onto the board.

Election results were yesterday announced after seven candidates had put themselves forward to fill four spots.

The Trust have lost a bit of direction for all sorts of reasons and some of them have been tragic. But I know the four voted on have plenty of passion and it is a very good opportunity to help

Clare Martin

Martin collected 427 votes, with only ex-Pompey player Johnny Ertl (634) polling more.

Also elected were Scott Mclachlan and Simon Colebrook, with the quartet scheduled to be officially unveiled at the Trust’s AGM on Wednesday, October 7.

For Martin, who serves as chief executive of Pompey in the Community, it is the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the Trust on community projects.

And she believes both groups – and Pompey – can only benefit from a closer and more co-ordinated partnership.

She said: ‘Pompey in the Community currently work with the Pompey Supporter’s Trust, but many of our projects and activities run in parallel rather than in an embedded partnership.

‘We have no joint strategic plans, just both organisations wanting to make a difference for the fans and the local community.

‘This is about joining everything up. So many things can be achieved if we stick together. I want us to unify.

‘Another example is there are so many teams aligned with the Pompey brand, such as Pompey Ladies and other clubs.

‘As long as they are Pompey and as long as they are there for the right reasons they should all come under the same banner.

‘The Trust have lost a bit of direction for all sorts of reasons and some of them have been tragic.

‘But I know the four voted in have plenty of passion and it is a very good opportunity to help.’

Martin, from Widley, has been associated with the various guises of Pompey in the Community for the past 14 years.

However, she does not feel her involvement in the Trust is a conflict of interests.

She added: ‘We are an independent charity and have been since June 2009, even if we do function as part of the football club.

‘If something is a conflict I will remove myself, but we are completely independent – and so is the Trust.’

The elections attracted a 21-per-cent turnout, compared to 13 per cent last year, with 748 votes cast.

ELECTION RESULTS: Johnny Ertl (634), Clare Martin (427), Simon Colebrook (413), Scott Mclachlan (412), Sheila Devaney (345), Alexander Vernal Jnr (213), David Maples (170).