The Board and Constitution

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Steve Cooper

Steve's love affair with Arsenal began back in 1956. Residing on the North Bank from an early age, he graduated to the East Stand Upper before returning to the North Bank as a Bond Holder. Steve now enjoys a spectacular view from his season ticket behind the goal at the front of the North upper tier.

The clubs low point for Steve was losing to Swindon in the 1969 League Cup Final. The high point followed just one year later in the Fairs Cup Final, when Arsenal beat Anderlecht 4-3 on aggregate to end 17 barren years; it was the best night ever on the terraces of the North Bank.

Steve is secretary to the Trust, after retiring from the commercial world where he enjoyed a career as an analyst working for various Blue Chip Companies.

Steve's son Richard is following keenly in his father's footsteps, and is also a Trust member and season ticket holder.

Akhil Vyas

Akhil is our youngest board member, born in 1988, and he has been going to Arsenal since the age of four. He has increased his match going days over the years and now attends nearly every home and away game, and follows the club across Europe.

He is passionate about the role of supporters in the Club and his aim is to play a small part in improving the match day experience for not only Arsenal but all football fans. He is concerned at how much it now costs fans to attend football matches and wants to support the work the AST does on this subject. He takes great pride when the team do well and can often be found on media outlets talking about his love for Arsenal.

Akhil works as a social media manager in a communication department for a corporate company and has a background in digital marketing/social media/PR.

Tim Payton

Tim grew up in Islington where he attended the club's local school, Highbury Grove Comprehensive. He became a season ticket holder at age eleven in 1984 - the first year that season tickets were introduced for juniors, then costing £25 for the entire season (the seat he now sits in costs twice that for one match!).

Tim is one of the country's leading corporate communications and public affairs advisors in the sports world and was previously a Board Director at Mandate Communications, where he headed its Sports Advocacy practice. He has acted as an advisor to many sports' governing bodies including the Football Association, England and Wales Cricket Board, British Horseracing Authority and London 2012. He also established, the country's first think tank dedicated to sports policy issues, a subject on which he also writes and lectures.

Tim acts as spokesperson for the AST, and also manages communication issues including editing the website.

Glyn Taylor

Glyn has been an Arsenal fan since 1970. He is a former Arsenal shareholder, a bond holder and sits above the half way line at the Emirates. Educated at Oxford University, he is now a partner specialising in corporate law at one of the UK's largest law firms, Nabarro.

Glyn is a founder member of the Arsenal Supporters' Trust and takes primary responsibility for legal and compliance issues. Glyn chairs the AST AGM and other external meetings. Together with his wife Carmen (the Trust's most important member), he manages the AST Membership register.

Phil Wall

Phil is a second generation supporter and has followed Arsenal for as long as he can remember. The first football match he ever saw on television was the 1971 FA Cup final.

He first attended Highbury in 1972, saw Liam Brady's debut match the following year, then watched Arsenal struggle through the seventies against the likes of Burnley, suffering on through the long wilderness years before George Graham's arrival. By the time Arsenal won the Littlewoods Cup he was attending every home game. By the 1990s he had become a season ticket holder, but family commitments have since reduced his attendance. Both Phil's children have now attended matches, his son at the age of three.

Phil mourned the departure of David Seaman less for the fading of a great keeper than for the fact there will never be another Arsenal player older than Phil himself. Phil has also been a regular contributor to The Gooner fanzine for over a decade.

Nigel Phillips

Nigel attended his first match at Highbury in 1974 (Leicester, 0-0!) and has been a season ticket holder since 1985 and shareholder since 1991. His Arsenal highlight to date is Anfield 1989 (attended en route to the following day's Scotland vs. England game at Hampden). His favourite all time player is Tony Adams, upon whom he has modelled his own playing style.

Nigel cares passionately about the club and sees the AST as an important platform for improved dialogue with the Arsenal Board of Directors. He's keen to further the aims of the AST in whatever way he can.

A married father of four, he has worked in banking since 1988. Son Henry attended his first match at Highbury against Farnborough in January 2003 aged just three and a half years.

Nigel is the Trust's expert on all finance issues at Arsenal and regularly analyses the club's financial results for AST members and shareholders in general. He is the AST Treasurer.

Lesley Williams

Lesley is a solicitor and mediator specialising in family law.  She grew up in a household that followed Arsenal, because her father felt sorry for the club after they lost to Cardiff in the FA Cup.  Her other love is cricket. 

She and her two children have been season ticket holders for some years. She finds it much harder to watch the games on television rather than at the ground and is very vocal… at home in front of the screen. 

Her first away match was at Celta Vigo and she was at the ground in Milan when Arsenal won and the stewards applauded our fans. Something to remember. 

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