Trust make-up under scrutiny as elections get under way

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For the first time since the community seized control of Pompey, fans have the chance to decide who represents them.

The Pompey Supporters’ Trust elections are today launched, with six spots up for grabs on the group’s board.

Among those seeking re-election is Mick Williams, who presently sits on Pompey’s board as part of his Trust role.

Williams is one of four Trust board representatives seeking to be voted back in, while Jo Collins and Scott Mclachlan have opted to stand down after two years.

It leaves six roles to be filled as Trust members and club shareholders have the chance to choose between nine candidates.

The ballot will be conducted by post and e-mail, with voting closing at 6pm on September 6.

For the likes of Collins, it signals the end of an involvement which began with the initial Trust steering committee in 2009.

The 61-year-old later became the group’s first chairperson before handing over to current head Ashley Brown.

Now she feels the time has come to stand aside from the board to let in new blood.

She said: ‘I played the waiting game to see who else was going to stand and, after long consideration, decided to step aside.

‘When I saw the strength of the list of candidates it made me realise there comes a time when you have to be realistic and think how much more you can contribute.

‘I do think, generally in life, some people want to cling on to perceived responsibility and the spotlight rather than recognise the end of their useful contribution.

‘That time for me has come and I’ve stepped down in the best interests of the Trust.

‘Now is the time for the Trust to get some fresh blood, let’s get some new people on the board who can offer different skill sets.

‘An injection of new board members will help – people with fresh ideas to balance the experience of the existing board members.

‘I am immensely proud of what has been achieved by the Trust during my time and will still be giving my full support.’

In addition to Williams, other candidates are Steve Tovey, Carl Paddon, Dan Fearnley, Tom Dearie, Stuart Hardman, Mark Farwell, John Kimbell and Ken Malley.

For full manifestos for each of the nine candidates visit