Alasdair Ross, Chair
From a family of well-known town fans. The great Laurie Sivell used to lodge with his parents in the early 70s. Ran the Ipswich fanzine “Dribble!” and currently runs the “Ipswich Town Programme and Memorabilia Club”. Now teaches sport at a local school after 25 years in the Army where he had to spend Saturdays away from Portman Road watching Glentoran, Dortmund and the Kosova Albanian XI. Involved in local politics and a member of the Football Supporters’ Federation.
Joe Fairs, Vice-chair
Carl Day, Committee Member
Currently running a logistics supply chain management company specialising in wines & spirits (hic!), Carl has been a Town supporter since he could carry his milk crate to Churchmans. Even though the Mecca of Football is Portman Road, he enjoys the camaraderie of away games. Regardless of where and when, through the highs and lows, Carl will always be proud to wear his Ipswich colours and will always continue to support Town and his other favourite team – whoever is playing against Norwich at the time! He feels that being part of the Trust will empower supporters and enable them to make the difference.
Colin Kreidewolf, Secretary/Treasurer
Colin has been a Town supporter for 38 years and is a season ticket holder in the Cobbold Stand, is committed to giving supporters a say in the way their club is run. Between 1978 and 1993 he went fifteen years without missing a game home or away in this country. He continues to attend all home and away games again following a return from a five-year business assignment to San Francisco. Originally from Ipswich he now lives in London and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. His favourite player of all time is Allan Hunter, although the best without a shadow of doubt was Kevin Beattie. His most abiding memory is the FA Cup win in 1978.
Graham Steel, Funding/Social Officer
Exiled to East Anglia in 1993, Graham thought that the only live football he would see would be the occasional Hartlepool away game (born in the North East he saw his first Pools game “before The Beatles had a hit”). Infrequent visits to Portman Road soon became common and within two seasons Graham, his partner and son were season ticket holders in the family area of the Britannia Stand. Committed to Trust principles, he believes those with a seat in the stand should have a seat on the board; an objective he says he will pursue with all the tenacity of his favourite Town player – Micky Stockwell.
Jane Summerfield, Committee Member
Born in North Suffolk where some turned ‘to the dark side’ and supported you know who, Jane was set on the path to a lifetime of pain and glory by her father who threatened to put her up for adoption if she did not support the Town and took her to her first game long before she could see over the wall round the pitch. A financial adviser by profession, Jane has been a North Stand season ticket holder for many years and votes Wembley 2000 as the happiest day of her life. However she believes that her attendance at the Tuesday night fixtures in February when it is sleeting, you can no longer feel your feet, and Town are being beaten at home by a bottom of the division side, is perhaps more a measure of the extent of her devotion to all things ITFC!
Rob Freeman, Committee Member
Rob is a Midland-based town fan, with family links to Suffolk. First introduced to Ipswich in the dark days of John Duncan, Rob has travelled tens of thousands of miles following the Town over the years from Morecambe to Milan. A software developer by trade, Rob has also written for numerous publications, most notably When Saturday Comes.
Gavin Barber, Media & Publicity, has been an Ipswich supporter for over 30 years and has written about Town for several fanzines and blogs, as well as When Saturday Comes magazine. He comes from a family of Ipswich fans and is pleased to have passed the trait on to his son, who now has a season ticket with him in the West Stand and travels across from Oxford for home games
Susan Gardiner, Committee Member, has been a season ticket holder in the Sir Alf Ramsey stand since 2001. She has contributed to ITFC fanzines, including Turnstile Blues and her book, Ipswich Town: A History was published by Amberley Press in August 2013. Susan believes that a football club is nothing without its supporters and that extending democracy and shared ownership of football clubs to fans (in the context of national legislation) should be the way forward.
Grant Bage, Campaigns