Pam Wilkins to step down from PST Board
by Simon Colebrook

Added on 08 May 2018

Pam Wilkins is to step down from the PST Board this summer. An ever-present figure since the formation of the PST, Pam was instrumental in the formation of the Trust and has been a keen advocate for fan representation for many years. Over the last 7 years, Pam has been a familiar face to many fans holding fort at the Pompey bus, where she has been many fans and members main point of contact for the PST.

Pam was also the Vice Chairman of the Trust from 2015 to 2017 and was one of the Trust reps on the Heritage and Advisory Board over the past year, where she has been striving to ensure that fan representation continued under the new ownership of Tornante.

Well known to football fans of many clubs all over the country as “Pompey Pam”, Pam was for some years a Football Supporters Federation National Council member and is currently Secretary of the FSF Southern Division. Pam has also been a constant presence at England matches for the last 5 years, travelling to every tournament and most qualifyimg matches from Ukraine 2012 to France 2016.

Reflecting on her time as a Board Member, Pam said "When we started the Trust it was with the aim of getting supporter representation at Club Board level, so it was an unforgettable experience to be part of the Trust Board that bought our Club out of administration and one of which I am extremely proud. I have met some amazing people along the way and hope to see everybody around at matches, home and away, supporting my beloved Pompey".

The Chairman of the Trust, Simon Colebrook, said, “Pam will be sorely missed from the Trust Board. She’s been a huge presence and has always been the first voice to speak for ordinary fans and ensuring that all Pompey fans are best served by both the Trust and the Club.

In many ways, Pam has been the heart and soul of the PST, and I will miss her knowledge and experience of fan engagement and representation, as well as her sage advice. It has been a true privilege to have worked with her over the last 3 years.”

Former Chairman and current Chief Executive of Supporters’ Direct, Ashley Brown said “Pam understands what Pompey and football in general means to the supporters, people like her are the heart and soul of our club and City. Without the vison and hard work of Pam and others the Trust and quite possibly the club would not exist. She will be a great loss to the Trust board although I know we will continue to see her at Pompey games up and down the country for many years to come. Thank you, Pam!”

Founding Chair of the Trust Jo Collins, said “Unsung hero is an overused phrase, but not when you describe Pam. Not only in her dedication to the PST in attending virtually every meeting of the PST from rallying ones to the Steering Group and on to the PST Board, but also the various fund raising/membership drive walks around the ground and locality we did together. She has opened the Trust Bus practically single handed every Saturday home game in all weathers during the years it has been positioned behind the Fratton End. 

Always helpful, cheerful, sometimes tearful after a setback and willing to do as opposed to suggesting and taking on tasks when others declined often putting up her hand to volunteer when she really didn't need to. 

I haven't really got enough superlatives or good things to express about my Pompey friend with whom I share the privilege of having played a part in saving a great Football Club.”

The entire PST Board would like to express its fondest and best wishes to Pam as she leaves the Board.

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