Trustees

Aldershot Town's Football in the Community scheme is overseen by a Board of Trustees.
Please find below photos and profiles on each member.


Malcom Wood CBE

Malcom Wood CBE

Major General (Retired) Malcom Wood became a commissioned officer in the Army in 1973. He is a graduate of Cambridge University, a resident of Winchester, Hampshire and is prepared to admit to being a supporter of Burnley football club and Lancashire CCC.

During his 37 years in the Army he commanded a Company, a battalion and a brigade which was based in Aldershot. He also served in Germany, the Gulf region and Bosnia. As a major General from 2003 to 2008 he was the Director General of the Joint Supply Chain for the Army, Navy and Air Force responsible for supplying those deployed on operations both in Iraq and Afghanistan and for the provision of spare parts, transport, ammunition, food, fuel, mail, clothing, medical supplies and equipment disposals for the Ministry of Defence. In this role he employed a staff of around 6000 uniformed and civil service personnel. He was a member of the Army Football Association Executive Committee for 14 years and was Chairman of Army Football, whose offices are in Aldershot, for five years.

Having retired from the Army in 2008 he chose to persue a range of activities including both consultancy services and work within the charitable sector. Having met some of the people involved in the Football League Trust which is responsible for the oversight of the Community programmes of all Football League clubs he was asked to assist with the reintergration of Aldershot's successful Community scheme into the Football League structure. In late 2008 he was invited by the club to become the independant Chairman of the Aldershot Town Football Club Community scheme and then the Chairman of the Trustees of the Community Trust when charitable status was achieved in 2008

Paul Marcus

Paul Marcus

Passionate about music, football and radio, Paul took on the Managing Director role at Eagle radio in October 2007 having spent the previous five years working on the south coast for Portsmouth football club's official radio station, The Quay.

Paul lives in Camberley and is also a director of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce. In 2008 he founded the Eagle Radio Charity Trust which supports small charities and non-profit making organisations in Surrey and Hampshire.

Paul has followed Aldershot football club since the early seventies and passionately believes that strong links with the community and schools in particular are essential for the future prosperity of the club. he is also one of the supporters involved with the Shots player share scheme that raises funds specifically to support the manager with player signings.


Ian Dawkins

Ian Dawkins

Aldershot Town FC has been in Ian's family's blood since 1928 when his grandfather, Sidney Bateman who was the club's honourable secrtary at the time bought one of the first shares in the club for five shillings. This then followed on with his father Reginald Dawkins playing for the Shots in the 1940s.

Unfortunately the talent stopped there but Ian made up for it by his company becoming main sponsor of Aldershot Town FC during seasons 2000-2002.

Since then he has been heavily involved with the player share scheme, the Football Trust and Football in the Community as well as being a Barfield school governor. Ian is very passionate about helping the local community.


Graham Hortop

Graham Hortop

Graham has 38 plus years experience as a Football League administrator which included seven years as Aldershot Town FC secretary. He has also served in positions of secretary, general manager and Chief Executive.

He was at Fulham for 13 years during which time he became the youngest secretary in the first division (now the premier league) and the club reached the FA Cup Final in 1975. he was then at Millwall for 15 years. During this time the club gained promotion to division 1 (now the premier league and moved to their 20000 all seater stadium in 1993. At both clubs he was closely involved with their community schemes.


Simon Groves

Simon Groves

Simon is a lifelong supporter of the Shots and is well-known around the club for the many loyal years of service he has devoted to them in the form of both director and club solicitor.

his duties when director of the club included acting as the main link between the then Football in the Community Scheme and the Aldershot Town FC board of directors. Subsequently Simon's support of the scheme has been instrumental in the achievement of charitable status.

Simon's working experience and knowledge of Aldershot Town FC has proved invaluable to the development of the Trust


The Trustees pictured with members of The Community Forum Group

The Trustees pictured with members of The Community Forum Group

Back L-R Tony McGovern (Rushmoor Borough Council, Matt Smith (Wessex Housing Group), Andy Munnings (North-east Hants Schools Sports Partnership), Paul Marcus (MD Eagle Radio), Oli Walker (PCSO), Graham Brookland (Army FA), Simon Groves (ATFC solicitor), Malcom Wood CBE (Ret Major General), Kirk Wheeler (Community Manager)
Front L-R Jill Newbold (North-east Hants School Sports Partnership), Suzanne Watkins (Parkside Mencap), Rose Duffet (PTA Henry Tyndale School), Gavin Delf (Community Develoment Officer), Richard Denham (Safer Hart Partnership), Lucy Campbell (Student)