HCST Board of Directors

Geoff Bielby (Chair)


Geoff has been a Hull City fan since the mid 1960s and is an East Stand passholder. In late 2013 he discovered that his family’s involvement in the club goes back to the original directors who formed Hull City in 1904.  His involvement in helping organise the Huddersfield protest was his first of any kind with a fans’ organisation and it made him realise how under-represented Hull City fans are.  Geoff previously worked in a bank locally and then undertook managerial roles in the North-east and the Midlands, finally specialising in Employee Share Plans for 25 years. He left full-time employment in mid 2015.

Geoff is responsible for developing ideas to grow the Trust’s membership as we take the journey from campaign group to fully fledged Supporters’ Trust.

First game: City 3 v Grimsby Town 3 13th March 1965.

All-time favourite player: Ian Ashbee.

HCST has an action plan that guides our work to achieve the Trust’s objectives. Geoff is the lead for actions on: challenging the “name-change by stealth”; representing HCST on the Fans’ Working Group; merchandise.

Ryan Richardson (Vice-Chair)


Ryan has been a City fan since the late 90s. Before joining HCST he was involved with the Official Supporters Club and also worked on Andy Dawson’s testimonial events. He was a firm supporter of the No To Hull Tigers campaign from the beginning and strongly believes in fans having a greater voice at their clubs. Ryan joined the board of the newly formed HCST when it replaced the City Till We Die campaign group. He has since served as Interim Chairman.

Ryan looks after our social media presence, managing Twitter and Facebook feeds on a day-to-day basis. Which explains why our tweets dry up when he is on holiday!

First game: Mansfield at home in either ’98 or ’99. I know I was 5.

All-time favourite player: Ian Ashbee.

(Note – Ryan’s surname was formerly Kerr.)

HCST has an action plan that guides our work to achieve the Trust’s objectives. Ryan is the lead for actions on: social media communications.

 Pete Fleming (Treasurer)


Peter has had an interest in football for over 40 years.  His first Hull City match was the third round FA Cup win over West Ham in February 1973, but he quickly realised days like that came rarely.

Over the years he has supported sport in the city, being a Hull Kingston Rovers season ticket holder and going to see the Hull Vikings speedway team in their glory days of the 1970s.  Football always drew him back though, when matches could be fitted around work commitments.  A change in employment has freed up more time for him in recent years and so allowed greater involvement.  He has been a West Stand season ticket holder for three years and when the team are not playing or are away can often be found supporting the local non-league sides.

Peter is interested in the sustainable development of football from grass roots up through the whole pyramid and the greater involvement and engagement of fans in running the game.  He sees joining the Board as one way of being able to contribute to these activities.

He is a chartered accountant and has worked both in practice and industry in Hull and Grimsby.  He is currently working for an industrial rope manufacturer in Doncaster but still lives in Hull.

He too is a member of CAMRA!

Richard Mathers (Secretary)



Richard’s allegiance to City began in 1977 and he got his first season ticket a year later. Seven promotions, five relegations, a FA Cup Final, and a trip to Lokeren later he’s still going strong.

In his work life Richard is the Group Loss Prevention Manager for the Northampton based Travis Perkins plc…so knows every junction of the M1!

Richard’s commercial and organisational skills help him in his role as the Secretary of the Trust, and he has admirably continued to maintain the high standard set by predecessor Mike Scott.

First Game: A 2-3 defeat to Charlton in 1971.

All time favourite player: My all time favourite player is a tricky one…….but for his impact on the club I’ll have to go Ian Ashbee.

HCST has an action plan that guides our work to achieve the Trust’s objectives. Richard’s role as Secretary sees him monitor the progress of the other directors, and ensure the HCST action plan is followed as closely as possible. 

Graham Cannon


Born in Goole in 1959 (not his fault), Graham has only supported Hull City for three years, and so can be regarded as the ‘new boy’ on the team, but cannot now imagine life without City.

He has been interested in all sports since childhood and has been a member of Yorkshire Cricket Club for ten years.

Graham has worked in the IT industry for over thirty years, running his own consultancy for the past thirteen years.

Like many others Graham became involved in the CTWD campaign, seeing the importance of tradition in a sport which day by day seems to be getting more divorced from its fans.

Graham is very keen to build up the membership of the Trust  to allow it to be a strong voice in representing the fans in discussions with the club.

He is not a member of  CAMRA, but can navigate his way round a Balance Sheet and P&L account.

First Game: Home vs Norwich City, August 2013,  1-0. A Robbie Brady penalty and Sagbo sent off for ‘waving his forehead’ at Russell Martin.

All time favourite player: Paul McShane.

HCST has an action plan that guides our work to achieve the Trust’s objectives. Graham is the lead or joint lead for actions on: dialogue with Hull City Council; member recruitment; supporting Middle Child Theatre Company’s Hull City project.

Sue Dyson

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Sue has supported Hull City AFC since 1965 when she started going to games with a friend standing behind the goal on South Stand. Sue was following the family tradition instigated by her Dad and Uncle who were pass holders in the South Stand at Boothferry Park. Since leaving East Yorkshire to work in London in 1970, she has lived and worked in Surrey, Kent, Derbyshire and West Yorkshire. Sue always managed to get to some games every season until moving to Derbyshire in 1996 when she could finally be a regular again as a season ticket holder. Sue is returning to live in East Yorkshire in mid-April so at last she will be attending home games from home, not away.

Sue has worked in IT since 1984 and retired from her latest role as a Service Delivery Manager on the NHS IT programme in 2014, having been responsible for the delivery of the NHS WAN. As well as an interest in all things football,  Sue’s many interests include art and crafts and a particular interest in all things Italian, having learnt Italian and travelled to all parts of Italy in the last 20 years.

Sue believes she can offer a different perspective on being a Hull City supporter as someone who has lived away and has a lot of friends who support clubs across all the Leagues and have different supporter experiences.

First game: I think this was at home v Oldham in October 1965 .

All-time favourite player: Ian Ashbee.

HCST has an action plan that guides our work to achieve the Trust’s objectives. Sue is the joint lead for actions on: member recruitment; developing the Hull City ART Project.


Phil Walton

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Born in Hull in 1953, Phil has been a City supporter since he was 10 years old. Recently retired as European Sales Manager for AAK, Phil has two grown up sons who live away from Hull but who carry the HCAFC gene wherever they go!

Inspired to join CTWD by the name change proposal Phil sees the HCST, affiliated to the FSF, as the best way for fans’ views to be better represented and for the heritage of our great game to be protected in the future.

First game: The first game I can remember being at was a 7 – 0 thrashing of Barnsley in a night match in 1964 – that sort of thing does tend to stick in the mind!

All-time favourite player: Got to cheat here as more than one but if you combined Ian Butler with Stuart Elliott and Andy Dawson that’d do it!

HCST has an action plan that guides our work to achieve the Trust’s objectives. Phil is the lead or joint lead for actions on: events; developing the Hull City ART Project; strengthening the FA’s heritage rules; supporting national initiatives to increase supporter representation; supporting national campaigns.


Greg Whitaker

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Born in Hull in 1993, Greg has supported Hull City since the age of 6, when his Dad first took him to Boothferry Park. He has been a pass holder ever since. Greg has recently completed his undergraduate degree in Politics at the University of Leeds and is currently studying for a MA in International Journalism, also at the University of Leeds.

Greg has experience in the journalism industry, working a 4 month stint as a Politics Editor at the Urban Times and several years as a football reporter and blogger for the national weekly Shoot Magazine, as well as writing for FourFourTwo and Yahoo Sports in recent years. He has also regularly appeared as a guest presenter on BBC Radio Humberside’s Sports Talk programme.

First game: September 29th, 2001. Hull City 3 – 0 Halifax Town.

All-time favourite player: Nick Barmby.

HCST has an action plan that guides our work to achieve the Trust’s objectives. Greg is the head of content for the HCST website, and also helps to maintain the website.

Steven Pye



Steve has been a City fan and pass holder since the last days of Boothferry Park. After a couple of years admiring the work done by CTWD and the HCST he wanted to get involved himself.

Steve’s role as Merchandising Officer will see him developing a whole range of quality products for Trust members to purchase via the HCST’s official website. Keep an eye on the Trust’s shop for developments in the near future.

First Game:I think my first game was a friendly at home to Newcastle in about 1996, I’m sure someone here will know the exact date!

All time favourite player: Nick Barmby

HCST has an action plan that guides our work to achieve the Trust’s objectives. Steve is the Trust’s Merchandising Officer and is working on developing a range of quality products for Trust members to purchase via the HCST’s official website.