Inverness Caledonian Thistle Supporters Trust (ICTST) is the operating name of the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Supporters Society Limited, a company registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, with registered number 2665RS.
The following information is taken directly from the Supporters Society’s Rules and gives a clear explanation of the remit of the organisation:
COMMUNITY BENEFIT PURPOSE
The Society’s purpose is to be the vehicle through which a healthy, balanced and constructive relationship between the Club and its supporters and the communities it serves is encouraged and developed. The business of the Society is to be conducted for the benefit of the community served by the Club and not for the profit of its members.
The Society’s objects are to benefit the community by:
- being the democratic and representative voice of the supporters of the Club and strengthening the bonds between the Club and the communities which it serves;
- achieving the greatest possible supporter and community influence in the running and ownership of the Club;
- promoting responsible and constructive community engagement by present and future members of the communities served by the Club and encouraging the Club to do the same;
- operating democratically, fairly, sustainably, transparently and with financial responsibility and encouraging the Club to do the same;
- being a positive, inclusive and representative organisation, open and accessible to all supporters of the Club regardless of their age, income, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality or religious or moral belief.
It is the job of the Society’s Board to ensure the organisations delivers on the above objectives to the best of it’s ability.
In no particular order, the Board Members are:
Peter Mutton (Vice Chairperson)
Before retiring, Peter was head of the Pharmacy Department at Raigmore Hospital. With patient safety forever at the fore, he is no stranger to the need for compliance when it comes to rules, regulations and procedure. Having served on a range of committees and project boards in his 40 years of service with NHS Highland then there’s clearly no shortage of hands-on experience with such matters.
Currently living on the “wrong side of the bridge” hasn’t prevented him from being an avid ICTFC fan and a regular contributor to online discussions. He was keen to get the sleeves rolled up and to business at the recent board meeting; as such he has taken on analysis/comparison of the society rules and policies with a view to identifying any areas which present any concern and/or need for clarification/amendment.
The above analysis work is in keeping with his desire to see the ICT Supporters Society board operating in a compliant and professional manner; that those sitting on the board do so in legitimate fashion; and the organisation can represent and exercise the will of the fans (via its sizeable voting right), with the same legitimacy, if and when it is required…..ultimately allowing it to fulfil it’s wider purpose.
Stewart Murdoch (Chairperson)_
Stewart previously served on the Society Board but stepped down due to other commitments and a conflict of interests which he believes no longer exists.
He is passionate about building the ICT Supporters Society into one which involves all members and supporters. Further to that, there is a belief that it is now time to use those shares to make sure the voice of the fans is heard, with a push towards fan representation at club board meetings.
His aims include opening up new lines of communication with the younger fans, with a view to providing practical education and support which would increase everyone’s enjoyment of games, with good atmosphere and also avoiding the troubles of the past.
Kath Fraser (Treasurer)
Kath was heavily involved in the ICT Supporters Club which existed prior to and, for a time, in parallel to the ICT Supporters Society…also being a member of the steering group which was formed to set up the latter.
In addition to the above, she has also served on the ICT Supporters Trust Board in the past, and most recently that has been in the position of Treasurer. She is currently completing the final steps needed for the submission of the accounts for the annual year-end.
She feels that she is well placed to represent the views of the more moderate amongst the support. Also, by drawing on her experience as a Community Councillor, she is aware of community issues, something she feels needs to be at the forefront of CJT for the future.
Laura has served in various roles on the ICT Supporters Society since very early in its inception and has also attended a number of related training events and conferences during her time. She has found it difficult to keep things just ticking over in recent years and has spent two years working to get it back on an even keel regarding issues such as membership and compliance.
Following the recent vote to remove all existing board members, she decided to stand again and is hoping to have the chance to work alongside a mix of old and new members in a bid to return the society to its former glory and become the first port of call between members and fans.
She is an advocate for the ICT Supporters Society providing more backing to grass routes football in the community through the organisation of fundraisers and would also like to use these events as a means of promoting and fostering more social interaction among fans…of all ages.
Jennifer Aitchison (Secretary)
Jen has also served on the board of ICT Supporters Society and is proud to have been heavily involved in fan-related activity around our Scottish Cup win…including, but not limited too…travel, card display, merchandising and staffing of the shop. She has also represented the society at Supporters Direct Conferences and other meetings.
She has a strong affiliation with the area having lived down south for some time before returning a little over 13 years ago. That affiliation extends to football itself, where she has strong family ties with a past manager/player on the islands. Her decision to stand for the board after taking a break from it came as a result of identifying that the recent criticism of the society needed to be addressed in order to bring it back to the fans and rebuild bridges with the club.
Having been co-opted (unanimously) by the other board members, she was quick to offer assistance in the position of Secretary. .
Lynne has served on the board previously and during some of the clubs most fantastic days…helping get fans to two major cup finals, one of which we won! She was also involved in some of the ICT Supporters Society’s highest-profile campaigns which included placing pressure on the SPFL over unreasonable kick-off times.
Being a mother to three young, passionate ICTFC supporting boys (who have also been regular volunteers in the past) means her affiliation to the club is as strong as it comes. In fact, her affiliation to local football extends back prior to the formation of ICTFC where she had a very hands-on role with Caledonian FC.
She is keen to represent the views of families who follow the club…and as seen above, is more than experienced enough to do so. In addition to this, it is very important for her to see the 10% voting right inherited by the ICT Supporters Society protected as it was hard fought to gain and could be so easily lost.
The main priority for the organisation in the short term is getting its own house in order. Over the last couple of years, it has become painfully obvious that it lacks organisation, control, compliance, communication and adherence to many of the most basic of administrative practices. By fulfilling the above, the Society will place itself in the best possible position to protect the 10% voting right and can then make inroads into ensuring it is a fully representative voice of its members.
So, there you have it….an introduction to the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Supporters Society board. I appreciated that it is quite brief, but I hope it gives you enough of an insight into who we are for now.