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The Community Trust Trustees

Leigh Dineen (Chair)

The Community Trust's chair of trustees has also served 12 years as the Vice chairman of Swansea City FC. Leigh also sits on the board of the stadium Company and runs his own business. In the past he has sat as a trustee for Global Cancer Care and currently is a board member of Celtic Community Trust.

David Jones (Vice Chair)

Sports Development Manager for City & County of Swansea David has 20 years' experience in Sport and Leisure, including 15 as manager of the local authority sports development unit. The role involves regular liaison and planning with various sports organisations including National Governing bodies for sport, Sport Wales professional and community clubs and facilities management. The objectives of the service David manages are to increase participation in sport and physical activity as well as improving standards of performance and delivery. This includes development and business planning for club capacity building, coach recruitment and education and managing funding projects to improve facility infrastructure. David has significant understanding of sporting pathways, infrastructure and development practices as well as performance management and review.

Alun Cowie (Treasurer)

The General Manager of Swansea City AFC, a position he has held for 9 years Alun is also the current Treasurer of the Swansea City AFC Community Trust. Prior to his time at the Club, Alun spent over twenty years in accounting with South Wales Transport (currently First Group) before spending four years as the Financial Accountant for Roma Medical Aids, based in Bridgend. Outside work, Alun is still a keen follower of Swansea City.

Tony Thomas (Secretary)

Tony was a teacher for 32 years so his involvement with youngsters and parents has been considerable. He coached on the Football in the Community Scheme in the past and also coached school football teams and Swansea Schoolboys for over 25 years. Tony has previously been Chairman and Secretary with the Swansea Schools F.A. and also the West Glamorgan Schools' F.A. Tony is Head of Education / Welfare at Swansea City F.C. Academy and in his role of Children's Service Officer at Swansea City F.C oversees the safeguarding policies and procedures within the Swansea City AFC Community Trust. Tony brings a fair measure of experience and acumen to the Board of Trustees.

Colin Staples

Colin is employed by the Welsh Football Trust (FAW Technical Department), as a Club Development Officer for west Wales, with particular responsibilities for the Swansea and Carmarthenshire areas. He has been with the Trust for 16 years and has extensive experience as a Sports Specific Development Officer within Carmarthenshire County Council as a partner of the WFT. Colin has also been a UEFA qualified A Licence coach since 1996 and worked as a first team coach and Academy Manager at Carmarthen Town FC before joining Swansea City FC Academy in July 2012. Colin was formerly lead coach with the Wales U17 and U19 Ladies squads as well as the Semi Pro Wales U23 squad (men) but he relinquished both positions due to WFT duties in 2013. His other duties include Coach Education tutoring as a 1st Aid instructor and various coaching licences with the FAW.

Jonathan Morris

Jonathan has been involved in regeneration activities for the past 15 years, working for both Local Authorities and the Welsh Government. He has expertise in research and management of large scale regeneration projects. He has advised Local Authorities, Welsh Government, Community Groups and Social Enterprises on the development of regeneration plans. His working life and initial expertise began in the legal profession and he has been able to bring his legal experience and analytical skills to all that he does. He currently manages the Community Regeneration department of NPT Homes. He sits in a voluntary capacity as a trustee of a homeless charity and is chair of a Housing Association. He works closely with the Regeneration Departments of both Cardiff University and the University of Glamorgan.

Huw Desmond Cooze

Huw has supported the club for over 45 years and for the past 12 years has been on the Supporters Trust board. For the last 6 years Huw has been on the club board. His duties include representing the supporters via the STs and he has recently been appointed Supporters Liaison officer for the club, this is a mandate from premier league. Huw also represents the club on the Safety Advisory Group as well as a steering committee promoting Swansea as a destination on behalf of the football club.

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