The Trustees

Helen Elton Andrew Rhodes


Appointed Foundation chair in August 2021, Rhodes joined the club’s charitable arm following a long and distinguished career in the civil service. He serves as registrar and chief operation officer at Swansea University between 2018 and 2021. He is currently interim chief executive of the Gambling Commission.


Sports Development Manager for City & County of Swansea, David has 20 years' experience in Sport and Health, including 15 as manager of the local authority sports development unit. The role involves regular liaison and planning with various sports organisations including National Governing bodies for sport, Sport Wales professional and community clubs and facilities management. The objectives of the service David manages are to increase participation in sport and physical activity as well as improving standards of performance and delivery. This includes development and business planning for club capacity building, coach recruitment and education and managing funding projects to improve facility infrastructure. David has significant understanding of sporting pathways, infrastructure and development practices as well as performance management and review.


A former accountant with the South Wales Evening Post, Stuart is also a leading figure with the local Swansea League. He is a former Supporter Director and Treasurer of the Swansea City Supporters' Trust before stepping down in July 2021 after many years of service.


Colin has been a UEFA qualified A Licence coach since 1996 and worked as a first team coach and Academy Manager at Carmarthen Town FC before joining Swansea City AFC Academy in July 2012. He was formerly lead coach with the Wales U17 and U19 Ladies squads as well as the Men’s Semi Pro Wales U23 squad, but he relinquished both positions due to work commitments in 2013. Colin was previously employed by the Welsh Football Trust (FAW Technical Department), as a Club Development Officer for West Wales, with particular responsibility for the Swansea and Carmarthenshire areas. His other duties in the role included Coach Education tutoring as a First Aid instructor and various coaching licences with the FAW. Colin left the FAW Trust in early 2018 - and went on to have a season in charge of Swansea City Ladies - but draws on his 18 years’ experience with them in his work as a trustee with the Foundation.


MP for the Swansea East constituency, Carolyn is a Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities) in addition to being the Deputy Leader of Welsh Labour. She divides her time between Swansea and Westminster but still finds time to support the charities that serve her community. Having lived and worked in the constituency all her life Carolyn has strong ties with the community and is a lifelong fan of the Swans.


Sian is the first official Swans Trust representative on the Foundation Board. A Welsh speaker, she began her career in scientific research before moving into education. Following a lengthy period at senior management level in local tertiary and local authority education, Sian retired in 2015. A lifelong Swans supporter, she joined the Swans Trust Board in 2017 and currently holds the post of Associate Director.


 Lee is a Swansea City legend, have represented the club over 100 times and scored 91 goals. Lee now serves as club ambassador for Swansea City, regularly being a part of local community and events, having supported Swansea City AFC Foundation since it's inception 15 years ago.