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Alan Calder, Club Chairman and Supporters' Trust Committee member

alan.calder@cheshamunited.co.uk

I first ventured down to The Meadow as a 8-year old desperate to quench a football thirst that annual trips to Stamford Bridge were unable to reach. Involvement in the club came natural, becoming ball boy at an early age before being sucked into the appeal of the Supporters' Club as a young teenager. During the 1990's I spent a couple of years editing a non-league football magazine with a fellow Chesham United supporter, and also played an active role in the world of fanzines that were very popular in those days before internet access was commonplace. In the late 1990's I became Chairman of the Supporters' Club at a time when a fundraising group called Friends of Chesham United was also pro-active in town, and was the leading figure in the amalgamation of these two bodies to form Chesham United Supporters' Trust.
In 2002 I was invited to become the first fans' representative on the main Board of the club. In 2006 I organised the Open Meeting at the Town Hall and played a significant role in bringing together the relevant personnel to ensure the takeover of the club by Charles Manchester could happen at a time when the club was close to disappearing.
Throughout my time as a supporter and Director I've organised countless social events from Race Nights and quizzes to Casino Nights and Pub Games Evenings; participated in sponsored walks (Berkhamsted and Aylesbury twice, Burnham, Dunstable and Leighton); organised a 24-hour sponsored car rally to visit all 88 Ryman League grounds in 24-hours; introduced the now legendary Alternative Awards; created the Prediction League; spent 8 years as programme editor; organised work parties; been the tannoy announcer and even donned the yellow stewards bib!
More recently my concern has been to help the club commercially by introducing the Corporate Patron Scheme, bringing Business Partners Evenings to the club and introducing the pre-season 'free admission' matches for the community.
I became Chairman in May 2010 when Charles Manchester brought his 4-year reign to an end; the intention had always been for the club to be run by passionate, hardworking supporters with a good sense for business, it is now time to head up a team that can make that ambition become a reality.

Colin Beton, Director (Chess Suite management)

colin.beton@cheshamunited.co.uk

I started coming to the Meadow in about 1991, having moved to the town in '86 from Ruislip where I used to support the local team Chelsea through thick and thicker as it was in those days. My eldest daughter was a restless thing so I started taking her down Botley Playing fields on a sunday morning in 1990, to watch football which Alice enjoyed even then aged 2. The next year I decided to take the next step and venture out on an odd Saturday afternoon to watch Chesham United (on the condition that Alice had to come with me awake or not!). It was a very pleasant shock to see how many people where there (had to park on grass verges round Fullers Close) and what a great little stadium it was. Yes we all take for granted what we have but we do have a real small scale stadium which we should be proud of. My wife couldn't believe how hooked Alice and I got so quickly, with non-league football, "programmes and everything" I used to say after my early visits. We witnessed the "promotion" season, came back more and more, venturing into the bar with another daughter and then another one, and just continued to make more and more friends in and around the club, helping where we could until one day, quite how it happened I will never know, I was Chairman of the Supporters Trust, Director of the Football Club, managing the Chess Suite, running the Snowball Draw, attending most games away as well as home, Reserve games, Youth games, Ladies games etc. My two eldest Daughters taking the ride with me and a Wife and youngest wondering who I was when I went home on the odd occasion.

I have had to stand back from a lot of the things I used to do, but am now concentrating on running the Chess Suite to make as much profit for the club as possible, for which I find myself on the Board of the FC again, and attending as many matches as possible to support the team, whilst sharing my other time between odd jobs at the club and my home life. Here comes another long season get involved as much as you want, I will promise you that you will meet some great people/friends and you will feel rewarded for what you do.All help is welcomed, no one is turned away.

Mike Dragisic, Director (Football Cohesion - Youth, Reserves, Ladies, Mini League)

mike.dragisic@cheshamunited.co.uk

I joined Chesham United in 2004 from Berkhamsted Town having been invited by the previous Chairman Phil Morgan to join the club. My first job was to bring some sponsorship to the club from my contacts which l succeeded. And also bought in a shirt sponsor for the following season. Since have been looking after the Reserve team administration and also helping out with the Youth team which is still one of my duties now.

Dave Jeffrey, Director (Communications) & Supporters' Trust Committee member

dave.jeffrey@cheshamunited.co.uk

I have been a member of the Supporters’ Trust committee since 2006 and was invited to join the main club board in June 2010. I first came to The Meadow around 1970 when we spent most time kicking a ball around behind the old wooden stand and have supported the club ever since. After going to school in Chesham and Amersham I left the area for college and work but was still travelling back to see games most weekends and then returned to Chesham in 1998. Since then I have become more involved with the Supporters’ Trust and then with the main club in 2006 at the time of the emergency meeting in the town hall. Activities since then include editing the programme from 2007-2009, launching the Comedy @ The Chess club in 2006 and running it until the start of 2010, launching the Corporate Patron Scheme and Business Partner Evenings with Alan Calder, organising the Trust sponsored walk fundraisers and setting up the Trust and Club marketing databases and email bulletins.

Brian McCarthy, Director (1st XI Football & Match Secretary)

brian.mccarthy@cheshamunited.co.uk

I was first introduced to non-league football when my son was 10 old years old and playing for Berkhamsted Dynamoes U 10’s of which I was Chairman. In 1992 we merged the youth club with Berkhamsted Town FC and I became chairman of both. Due to numerous contacts in the Professional game at that time my first signing was Nigel Callaghan from Aston Villa and Berkhamsted Town won their last 18 games and won promotion to Isthmian League Division 1. I left Berkhamsted Town in March 2000 and joined the Board at Chesham United as Commercial Director. Left in April 2002 to become Commercial Director at Aylesbury United before returning to Chesham United in June 2004 when the leagues were restructured again as Commercial Director. In August 2005 was appointed Chairman of Chesham after Phil Morgan resigned but unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control left in March 2006 and joined Leighton Town until November 2007 when former Chairman Charles Manchester invited me back to Chesham. I was born in Paddington, West London and was educated at Quintin Grammar School and then was employed by Barclays Bank for 32 years before taking early retirement in 1995.
My playing days were as captain of school Football and Cricket teams, Captain of London Grammar Schools at Football, and then played for Barclays in the Southern Amateur League at Football and The Surrey League at Cricket, firstly for Barnes CC and then Barclays Bank.
My responsibilities on the new Board Structure are everything to do with Football including Secretary and Fixture Secretary and contact with the County FA, The FA and the Southern Football League, where I have been on the Board of Directors since 2004. My present responsibilities on the Southern League Board are Chairman of Ground Grading and League Development Director. I have also been on the Sub Committee of the FA Leagues Committee since 2006, the Committee which decides what Leagues/ Divisions clubs will be allocated to for the next season.

Simon Newbury, Company Secretary & Supporters' Trust Committee member

simon.newbury@cheshamunited.co.uk

Giles Stevenson, Director (Commercial Development) & Supporters' Trust Chairman

giles.stevenson@cheshamunited.co.uk

I was introduced to Non-League at a young age by a friend who's father was the then Chairman of Amersham Town and it was he who first brought me to The Meadow. Even though I don't recall who played, what the score was or even the year, I can remember visiting the club house and my getting sweets, crisps and a fizzy drink. Things don't change as that's all my son seems to be interested in when he comes to football. I spent most of my teen years either watching Watford, Chesham or Wycombe (in their Conference days) but the Championship year of 92/93 has many memories for me, with great away days to Rugby in the trophy, St Albans and Bognor in the League and the great party we had at Aylesbury in the Berks & Bucks cup final against Abingdon and not to forget the home games against Dover in the trophy, Bromley in the last game of season and the end season match beating a strong Chelsea team 4 - 1 in a friendly. I then become very involved in playing and running the Chiltern Cheetahs American Football team until 2006, At the same time I returned to working in Chesham and was invited along to Business partners evening, where my passion for Chesham United was renewed. From then I become involved with the Supporters' Trust, firstly joining the committee and then being elected as Chairman at the start of 2009/10 season. During the season I accepted Charles Manchester's offer to join the Board of Directors.

Len Vockins, Facilities Manager

facilities@cheshamunited.co.uk

Mike Warrick, Director (Financial Planning) & Supporters' Trust Committee member

mike.warrick@cheshamunited.co.uk

I am a relatively recent convert to Non-League Football, having started to come to games as a result of attending a few Firework Events and thinking what a good place The Meadow seemed to watch football. I quickly found myself getting hooked and then drawn more and more into involvement with the club: - first by helping out with work parties and then as a member of The Supporters’ Trust Board, organising the work parties, going on sponsored walks and generally getting involved where I could.
These activities brought me into contact with Charles Manchester in his role as Chairman and, in 2007, he invited me to join the Board of the Club as a Director. I was given the task of getting close to the Finances of the Club and improving our abilities to make forecasts, to anticipate peaks and troughs and to make decisions based on this information. This has been my role on the Board ever since and will continue to be my role in the new structure that we have put in place. I am looking forward to playing my part in the next stage of the development of the Club.

Lisa Welling, Club Welfare Officer & Chesham United Girls & Ladies representative

lisa.welling@cheshamunited.co.uk

I joined a newly established Chesham Ladies team in 1996, having never played competitive football before, two of us took over the running of the club rather by accident the following season and haven't really looked back, I missed playing only 1 match in 10 seasons. Off the pitch with the help of other female players developed a girls section which now provides football for girls aged 7 - 16, as well as a team for girls with learning difficulties, and three senior ladies teams.   Personal progress includes completing coaching badges up to B Licence (FA Level 3) and being appointed Girls & Women's football development officer for Buckinghamshire in 2002 due to the voluntary experience gained from running a girls & ladies section at Chesham United FC. Very keen to develop football for all in Chiltern in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Martin Woolnough, Community Liaison Officer & Supporters' Trust Committee member

community@cheshamunited.co.uk

I became involved again with the club in 2007, Having lived in Chesham all my life I had been too the soccer schools back in the 70's. Like Colin, I used my Children as an excuse to come down and watch some football on a Saturday afternoon. The atmosphere became consuming again and because of my job, I started helping out with the web site, I was then asked to join the trust committee taking on the role of membership secretary, I have now joined the Main Club Board as the community officer