Malley takes over as Pompey Trust chairman

Ken Malley. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14228-8344)
Ken Malley. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14228-8344)

Ken Malley has been appointed as chairman of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

The 70-year-old has replaced Ashley Brown in the role following a vote among Trust board members on Monday night.

Malley steps up from vice chairman to take over from Brown, who remains on Pompey’s seven-man board.

The reshuffle also sees Tom Dearie becoming vice chairman of the Trust.

Brown had served as Trust chairman since September 2011, overseeing the long-running battle for ownership and the subsequent High Court fight.

He remains a member of the Trust board and, along with Mick Williams and Mark Trapani, will continue to sit on the Blues’ board.

And Malley paid tribute to Brown’s work.

He said: ‘Ash’s are huge boots to fill and the first thing he said to me following the vote was he is only on the end of the phone.

‘He has performed a magnificent job.

‘How he has managed to fit it all in, I don’t know.

‘I am retired, as are a couple of other Trust board members, but the majority of them are people who hold down a full-time job and look after family.

‘It cannot have been easy for Ash, he has his irons in so many different fires and continues being a director of the club.

‘In that respect nothing has changed, we have re-elected the same three directors in Ash, Mark and Mick.

‘He took over from Jo Collins in 2011 and achieved a hell of a lot as chairman.

‘Ash led the bid team through the process of actually taking control of the club, which was a superb achievement, and we thank him for everything he has done.’

Brown had been seeking re-election as chairman at Monday night’s vote.

He will continue playing an active role with both Trust and club, in addition to serving as a trustee with Pompey in the Community

Brown added: ‘It has been an honour to serve as chairman and I intend to remain a very active board member.

‘I am sure Ken will lead the Trust effectively and I wish him well in his new role.’