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Carlisle United director loses trust board seat as four new fans elected

Nigel Davidson, pictured far left at September's CUOSC members' meeting with the Piataks, has lost his trust board seat <i>(Image: Barbara Abbott)</i>
Nigel Davidson, pictured far left at September's CUOSC members' meeting with the Piataks, has lost his trust board seat (Image: Barbara Abbott)

Two long-serving Carlisle United supporters' trust members have lost their places on the CUOSC board - while four members have been voted in.

Nigel Davidson, who is also the trust's director on Carlisle United's 1921 operational board, failed to gain re-election for another three-year term.

Also losing her place on the CUOSC board was Carol Wilson, who has been involved with the trust for many years and was also hoping for another three-year term.

In their places, and also filling two vacancies created by existing board members Frank Beattie and Malcolm Nugent stepping down, come four fans who also stood for election: Claire Winder, Mike Denovellis, Ross Parkinson and Martin Robson.

The results were announced at the trust's annual general meeting on Sunday.

Winder, a former independent fan representative at United - a position later discontinued at the club - attracted the most votes with 284 CUOSC members voting for her.

News and Star: Claire Winder pictured in 2015 during her spell as a fan representative at United
News and Star: Claire Winder pictured in 2015 during her spell as a fan representative at United

Claire Winder pictured in 2015 during her spell as a fan representative at United (Image: David Hollins)

Denovellis, a former CUOSC board member, was second with 282 votes.

Third was Robson with 235 votes and Parkinson claimed the fourth available board position with 220.

Davidson missed out with 202 votes with Wilson attracting 196.

Two further supporters who stood in the trust election did not gain enough votes for a board position, with Gerard Gornall gaining 123 votes and Richard Mullen 94 votes.

It marks a further change to the look of the trust after last year's AGM saw five members of a new movement called Unita Fortior - which set up with the aim of revitalising the trust - elected to the CUOSC board. Those five are current chair and vice-chair Matt Spooner and Dan MacLennan plus Chris Armstrong, Dave Noble and Kieron Bulman.

Parkinson's election now takes the number of CUOSC board members who were involved with UF's launch to six.

The result also means the trust will need to put forward a new candidate to represent CUOSC on United's operational board.

Davidson has held the position since July 2022, following the death of previous incumbent Jim Mitchell. As well as representing the trust on the club board, he is United's officer for equality, diversity and inclusion, and has carried out a considerable amount of work in that area.

Last year Davidson was also elected onto the Football Supporters' Association national council.

CUOSC said 481 of its 1,028 eligible members voted in the election, a significant increase in turnout compared with many previous such elections.

The changes to the trust board come at a pivotal time at United following the takeover by the Piatak family.

The new Carlisle United 1921 board comprises the six members of the Jacksonville family - Tom snr, Patty, Jenna, Nick, Tom II and Alice - plus a CUOSC representative, chief executive Nigel Clibbens, finance director Suzanne Kidd, and former co-owner John Nixon as 'transitional director'.

The trust recently announced it had reached the 1,200 member mark. Clibbens has praised CUOSC for its part in talks leading to the Piatak takeover, and also for the way it resisted certain previous potential takeover scenarios at Brunton Park.

The trust also has a director - Billy Atkinson - on the CUFC Holdings board along with new owners Tom snr and Patty Piatak.