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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas 20:29 - Jul 13 with 2071 viewsswanseajack4eva

Hello: Please find below the statement I submitted for the Trust board election. There was a sentence removed in the papers sent to members for voting (the sentence that describes my experience from being Chairman of the Board of IPIECA, an industry association). Please let me know if you have any questions for me, either publicly here or privately to rupert.thomas@shell.com and I will respond. Thanks for your consideration. Rupert Thomas.

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I am 52 years old and grew up in Swansea. I have supported the Swans all my life through the good years as well as the difficult times.

We are now entering a challenging and uncertain period for both the football club and the Trust, and there are a number of complex issues ahead. I would like to put my energy and experience into ensuring that the Trust plays a strong and positive role in representing Swansea supporters to secure the best possible future for the football club. I believe the Trust membership needs to be expanded significantly and transparency improved in order for the Trust to more effectively represent Swansea supporters and to become more credible.

In my professional life I work for Royal Dutch Shell plc in a Vice President role. I have worked for the company for 29 years in operational, commercial, finance, communications and strategy roles. I have mainly worked in the UK, the Netherlands, and the USA. I have negotiated multi-decade commercial agreements and am experienced in legal and governance matters. I have worked closely with members of the Board of Directors of Shell. I am myself currently chairman of the Board of Directors of IPIECA (an industry association).

I live near London and visit Swansea twice a month to watch the Swans and visit family and friends. If elected I can readily attend the monthly Trust Board meetings and related activities.

Following the Swans has been an important part of my life and I would like to ensure our supporters have a club that we are proud of going forward.

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For the record, based on what I know, my view is that the Trust should take all legal remedies that are still available, including direct legal action against the current majority shareholders and former owners.

I previously answered some questions in the thread at the link below:

https://www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/swanseacity/forum/226166/trust-board-–-

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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 22:02 - Jul 13 with 1971 viewsAguycalledJack

You’ve got one of my votes.
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 22:55 - Jul 13 with 1918 viewsmajorraglan

I don’t do Facebook and social media, have you circulated this Facebook, Twitter and the other forums, Scfc2 and the Jack Rmy forum?

Good luck.
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 23:37 - Jul 13 with 1857 viewsairedale

Have you still got that humongous office space down Waterloo way?
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 02:37 - Jul 14 with 1803 viewsUplandsJack

Rupert, you'll certainly have one of my votes too.
Please though all I ask, is that you follow through with your statement above. Help make OUR Trust one to be proud of again and not the embarrassment it has become!
Good luck👍
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 08:32 - Jul 14 with 1733 viewsswanseajack4eva

Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 22:55 - Jul 13 by majorraglan

I don’t do Facebook and social media, have you circulated this Facebook, Twitter and the other forums, Scfc2 and the Jack Rmy forum?

Good luck.


Thanks, good idea.
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 08:36 - Jul 14 with 1727 viewsswanseajack4eva

Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 23:37 - Jul 13 by airedale

Have you still got that humongous office space down Waterloo way?


Yes, we're still in the tower block at Waterloo overlooking the London Eye.
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 08:40 - Jul 14 with 1723 viewsswanseajack4eva

Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 02:37 - Jul 14 by UplandsJack

Rupert, you'll certainly have one of my votes too.
Please though all I ask, is that you follow through with your statement above. Help make OUR Trust one to be proud of again and not the embarrassment it has become!
Good luck👍


Thanks, and if elected I will do my best. I am encouraged to see many people standing who seem minded to make real change happen.
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 08:57 - Jul 14 with 1698 viewspikeypaul

Far to qualified.

Don't waste your time and leave it to the trust muppets who fought so hard for no action to be taken against the sellouts for whatever reason, hopefully one day that reason will come out.

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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 09:27 - Jul 14 with 1660 viewsmonmouth

I already voted for you, Clase, Phil, and two others I can’t remember now. I really liked your statement. I hope you are elected.

Poll: TRUST MEMBERS: What DID you vote in the, um, vote

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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 15:38 - Jul 14 with 1499 viewsUplandsJack

Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 09:27 - Jul 14 by monmouth

I already voted for you, Clase, Phil, and two others I can’t remember now. I really liked your statement. I hope you are elected.


Like you Monny im going with Clasie and of course Rupert too.
But I must admit im really torn with putting a tick against Phils name.
I cant help but keep thinking back to the way he pushed the the "Non Legal Route" last year, plus of course the shambles that was the Cooze revelations and the way that was all handled. He along with others, some of whom are still there, completely took their eye off the game / became too cosy in position. I also felt his communication/transparency with us, the members he was supposed to represent, was simply terrible. Dont get me wrong I fully understand there are sometimes sensitive topics which may need to be withheld for a time, but it was pretty much across the board.

That all said, reading what he's posted in the last few months including his statement, I do get a sense that he wants the chance to right at least some of the wrongs which happened under his watch.
What to do hey.....🤔
As for anyone else i simply have no idea as ive not seen anyone elses statement.
Is Lisa standing again?
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 15:48 - Jul 14 with 1478 viewsmonmouth

I’m figuring there’s no bigger zealot than a converted sinner

Or as Dubya Bush would have it, fool me once shame on me, I mean you, fool me twice.. <looks confused>..we won’t get fooled again.



Poll: TRUST MEMBERS: What DID you vote in the, um, vote

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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 17:41 - Jul 14 with 1414 viewsWingstandwood

Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 08:57 - Jul 14 by pikeypaul

Far to qualified.

Don't waste your time and leave it to the trust muppets who fought so hard for no action to be taken against the sellouts for whatever reason, hopefully one day that reason will come out.


Aye RT?... He sure does have the credibility, background, qualifications and experience in exactly the right required elite high-ranking private/corporate/big business sector to give the sellouts and Yanks sleepless nights!

Perhaps? A reason the (your quote) "trust muppets" ended up being white flag waving collaborators? Maybe they knew they were completely out of their depth and knew they would be seen as zero-threat and a complete and utter joke by Yanks, Jenkins and Co. Perhaps some trust impostors were both intimidated and knee-capped by their shortcomings from the very start.

The supporters/SCST needs Red-Adair-esque 'private-sector-specialists' to take the fight to the enemy because a bunch of 'alien to the situation/environment' ex-public sector or current public sector employees are exactly what Jenkins and Yankees would desperately want. There is a required situation(s) of poachers being extremely wary to come against gamekeepers. Or soldiers being extremely wary to come against other soldiers as opposed to an ineffectual 'all-singing-all-dancing' drag artist entertainment troupe.
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 20:22 - Jul 14 with 1313 viewsPhil_S

Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 15:38 - Jul 14 by UplandsJack

Like you Monny im going with Clasie and of course Rupert too.
But I must admit im really torn with putting a tick against Phils name.
I cant help but keep thinking back to the way he pushed the the "Non Legal Route" last year, plus of course the shambles that was the Cooze revelations and the way that was all handled. He along with others, some of whom are still there, completely took their eye off the game / became too cosy in position. I also felt his communication/transparency with us, the members he was supposed to represent, was simply terrible. Dont get me wrong I fully understand there are sometimes sensitive topics which may need to be withheld for a time, but it was pretty much across the board.

That all said, reading what he's posted in the last few months including his statement, I do get a sense that he wants the chance to right at least some of the wrongs which happened under his watch.
What to do hey.....🤔
As for anyone else i simply have no idea as ive not seen anyone elses statement.
Is Lisa standing again?


It is of course your entitlement to vote for the people you feel right and that is why I support any ballot - I have cast my votes in the ballot, I have not used all 7.

In terms of where I stand at the moment your last paragraph sums it up. Sometimes time away can make things much clearer and that - coupled with some very key people who seconded and backed my application - made me stand again. Which I did not think I would do 3 months back.

The time is now to stand up and make sure that any wrongs (perceived or otherwise) are corrected and I think my 250 words says the rest.

But I respect your right to vote for who you feel is right for the roles available.

Also a thank you to those who have cast votes in my direction so far

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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 21:08 - Jul 14 with 1247 viewslondonlisa2001

Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 15:38 - Jul 14 by UplandsJack

Like you Monny im going with Clasie and of course Rupert too.
But I must admit im really torn with putting a tick against Phils name.
I cant help but keep thinking back to the way he pushed the the "Non Legal Route" last year, plus of course the shambles that was the Cooze revelations and the way that was all handled. He along with others, some of whom are still there, completely took their eye off the game / became too cosy in position. I also felt his communication/transparency with us, the members he was supposed to represent, was simply terrible. Dont get me wrong I fully understand there are sometimes sensitive topics which may need to be withheld for a time, but it was pretty much across the board.

That all said, reading what he's posted in the last few months including his statement, I do get a sense that he wants the chance to right at least some of the wrongs which happened under his watch.
What to do hey.....🤔
As for anyone else i simply have no idea as ive not seen anyone elses statement.
Is Lisa standing again?


I’m an affiliate board member Uplands. I don’t stand for election as I’m not a full board member. I’m instead there to offer some advice on my particular area of specialism (finance related stuff). I can’t vote (downside) but I’m able to give impartial advice and observations without others thinking it’s because I’m voting a certain way (upside).

In the time I’ve been involved, I think I’ve given as much advice and feedback as possible, no less than I would as a full board member, but it allows me to devote my energy to stuff that I think I’m best able to help (the current mediation for example).
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 09:53 - Jul 15 with 1044 viewsThornburyswan

Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 09:27 - Jul 14 by monmouth

I already voted for you, Clase, Phil, and two others I can’t remember now. I really liked your statement. I hope you are elected.


Ditto - think I put 5 'X's' in too.
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 13:10 - Jul 15 with 948 viewsUplandsJack

Thanks for reply Lisa. Keep up the good work, full respect for your efforts.
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 13:22 - Jul 15 with 927 viewsUplandsJack

Thanks also to you Phil, for taking the time to reply.
I do believe being on the outside looking in has re-ignighted your passion and hopefully also reinvigorated you too to fight the good fight.
Phil you will have my vote, but please just remember if you are successful in getting elected, just how frustrated you've felt being on the outside, not knowing whats going on. Make it a priority to be as transparent as legally possible, to the membership and infact fanbase as a whole. Communication is key to building the support the trust will need going forward.
Pob lwc 👍
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Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 10:18 - Jul 17 with 718 viewsNookiejack

Trust Board election – Rupert Thomas on 09:27 - Jul 14 by monmouth

I already voted for you, Clase, Phil, and two others I can’t remember now. I really liked your statement. I hope you are elected.


I am definitely going for Rupert Thomas and Clase.

I am torn on Phil - I think his initial strategy was wrong but gets it now. He also understands the issues from a commercial perspective, which I really don’t think most of the other candidates do. Just my view.

I am 50-50 on some of the other candidates but if I vote for them might mean they then beat Clase and Rupert Thomas.

Although that probably means that other candidates, who have been existing members of the Trust Board and have led has into this current mess - will probably be re-elected ahead of my 50/50 candidates.
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