Saunderson to fill Dobb's boots

Last updated : 16 January 2006 By Bigrich.....
Since Chris Dobbs resignation on December 14th left both the club and the supporters trust's boards a member short.

Since then RUST have been looking for Chris's replacement and after a series of meetings last week, Craig Saunderson has been put forward.

A statement on the RUST website quotes:-
The current Rotherham United Supporters Trust Chairman and founding member has been invited to take up the position, expected to be formally confirmed by the end of this month.

Craig Saunderson
Thirty-one-year old Craig, a sales director with a leading IT and communications company, replaces RUST nominated board member Chris Dobbs, who last month announced he was stepping down due to work commitments.

An avid Miller since the age of seven when his grandfather took him to his first game, Craig will take specific responsibility for how the Millers communicate with their fans.
“Chris did a brilliant job, not only as the RUST representative on the board, but in particular for all the work he did on behalf of the club in bringing the new stand to where it is now.

“I will have a slightly different approach. My focus will be on the communication between the board and the fans, where we can expect a bit of a sea change.

“I will be looking at better ways of engaging with our fans – from those who are regulars at Millmoor to those who may have lapsed,” added Craig, who expects, along with his RUST colleagues, to implement a series of measures designed to provide a more effective mechanism for fans to have their views, ideas and suggestions heard within the club, whilst ensuring consistent and regular feedback, through a number of initiatives including a fans’ council.
“Something like a fans’ council will provide a direct opportunity to share with fans the plans and views of the club but at the same time receive their responses.”

Chairman Peter Ruchniewicz said: “We are delighted to have an individual of the calibre of Craig strengthening the board of directors. The club will benefit from his considerable Millers pedigree and strong links with the supporters.”

Incidently, the deadline for nominations for the RUST elections have been extended to the 27th January.