At the recent Extraordinary General Meeting one of the key jobs as well as ratifying a tidied-up constitution and code of conduct was to also ratify new committee members under section 4.8 of the terms of the constitution.
This process was essential following the resignation of 11 members from the previous committee of 15.
The six members now forming the group are, we feel, a good balance of youthful zeal and strong experience with a welcome 50/50 split along gender lines.
Chair - Sue Watson: Remembers first game with dad in the chicken run, aged four. That was it. Now have a season ticket in the BML and have done for many seasons. Entire family follow the Irons, generation after generation. Works as a primary teacher in Barking and Dagenham and have done for 26 years. Joined WHUISA to promote an independent voice for the club.
Vice-Chair - Terry Land: Season ticket holder for 19 of the last 22 seasons – all in the BML. Former journo on your favourite daily newspaper who left Fleet St for good seven years ago and now works for one of the largest haulage firms in the world. Requested to join the committee immediately after witnessing the AGM.
Treasurer - Kevin Hind: West Ham in the blood. Several generations of family have supported the club as season ticket holders. Father was born near Upton Park and mother used to handle Bobby Moore's insurance. Joined WHUISA to get fans independent representation without valuable constructive criticism being 'filtered' by the Club.
Secretary - Debbie Donovan: Taken to first game by an uncle aged just eight. Then stood on the South Bank, before having a season ticket on the Bobby Moore Upper for over 20 years. Has been involved in community organisations and the like all of adult life, both as an organiser and Branch Officer. Joined the committee on the recommendation of a previous official.
Membership - Jack Hart: First West Ham game was a 2-2 draw against Everton around 1995 - one of few positive results against the Toffees. Like many was brought up as a fan by father. Is an English teacher in Havering and has a season ticket in the Main Stand. Enjoys running and writing in spare time. Joined the committee at the suggestion of a previous member.
Natalie Morgans: Previously a home and away season ticket holder in the yo-yo years of Roeder and Pardew. Had a brief spell of playing for West Ham ladies in 2002-03 season. Met husband at Upton Park in 2003 and have two sons together. An accountant for a health and fitness company and a football and rugby coach in spare time. Joined WHUISA committee on the recommendation of another member.
Despite recent good work we are looking for further members to bolster this group and would be ready to consider applications from the right people.