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About | The Trust Board

The Tranmere Rovers Trust Board is made up of the following people:

Ben Harrison (Chairman)

The Chairman of the Trust since 2008, Ben Harrison attended his first Rovers game in 1970. He has worked in the voluntary sector for 25 years, co-founding Weston Spirit and working as Chief Executive for 18 years.

Ben currently owns and runs his own business, Home Coffee, with outlets in Oxton and Woodside. He has been involved in the Trust since 2005, initially as a Board Member. 

Ernie Hayes (Treasurer)

Ernie Hayes was born in Tranmere and has supported Rovers for more than 45 years. He has more than 30 years’ experience as an Investment Manager, including more than a decade in the City of London as Director of the Investment Management arm of a merchant bank.

On returning north, he has been a Director of various investment management and stockbroking firms. He currently lectures part-time at the University of Chester's Business School and the Open University, and his principal areas of expertise are finance and marketing. 

Mark Randles (Secretary)

Mark Randles was born and brought up in Birkenhead. Taken to his first Tranmere game by his father in 1967, Mark has watched Rovers home and away ever since, having had a season ticket since 1987.

Mark left Rock Ferry High School aged 16 and moved onto an apprenticeship firstly at Cammell Lairds and latterly at a ship repair company in Liverpool. Upon completing his apprenticeship, he joined the family Sheet Metal Ventilation company, where he has worked ever since.

After the retirement of his father in 1996, he became joint managing director and has successfully run the company for the past 16 years. 

Thomas Orr

A Vice President in Business Strategy for Royal Bank of Scotland in London, Thomas Orr grew up in West Kirby and attended his first Tranmere game aged eight. He has followed the club home and away, with highlights including sitting in the Gladys Street end with five Everton-supporting friends on Saint Yates' Day!

Tom previously worked for First Group in Manchester in roles ranging from Pricing Analyst to Commercial Analyst. He specialises in financial/commercial analysis and business strategy, as well as pricing and marketing. 

Rob Jackson

Rob Jackson was born in Wilmslow but moved to the Wirral in 1965. He started his own business in 1982 and steered the company to a turnover of over £4million before selling in 2000. A season ticket holder in the Tranmere Suite for more than 30 years, he attended his first Rovers game in 1967.

Rob has owned several companies in manufacturing and retail over the last 25 years.

Ian Crook

Ian grew up on the Wirral and attended his first Tranmere match in 1991, following Rovers home and away ever since.

Ian has worked at the Houses of Parliament and Westminster City Council, before moving back to the Wirral in 2015 and joining the Trust Board. He currently works at Liverpool University.  

Rob Edwards

Rob has been watching the Rovers since 1975, only missing a handful of home games since 1979, so has seen the best and the worst of the club.

Having worked in corporate and retail banking, as well as a lengthy period with an Investment Fund, Rob will bring commercial experience to the Trust, and those who know him, will expect Rob to be a devil's advocate to other board members, ensuring that the best decisions are made for the members and the club.

Michael Thorne 

Michael has been a supporter since moving to the Wirral in 1967, and played 45 mins of a privately organised friendly on Prenton Park and in 2000, as well as running the London marathon in TRFC kit for the club charity, achieving his best marathon time of just under 4 hours.

Michael was a  Company Solicitor at the Redrow Group for 13 years and in commercial property at Hill Dickinson in Liverpool before his present role as senior solicitor at Liverpool University.

Les Sands

Bromborough born and bred Les remembers one Saturday afternoon in 1961 when his mum asked his dad, “Are you taking him to the match, or not?” So started a life-long affiliation with his beloved Club. He became a shareholder when the Club faced closure in 1982. Les worked at Vauxhall Motors, Ellesmere Port from his apprenticeship in 1968 to early retirement in 2006.

As a lover of rock bands he went to the forerunner of Glastonbury, the Bath Progressive Music Festival in 1970 BUT chose not to go to The Isle Of Wight as Rovers were away at Doncaster!

Les met his wife, Denise, through away travel on the Club coaches and went on to help with the formation of The Junior Supporters Association, later becoming Treasurer and Chairman. Les also played for the JSA in the Birkenhead Sunday League and was a co-founder of the Prenton Pups.

Denise Sands (nee Sherlock)

Denise was born in Birkenhead and started supporting Tranmere Rovers when she was 15 years of age and has supported the team home and away ever since.

Denise is passionate about the Club, an original Committee Member of the Tranmere Rovers Junior Supporters Association in the early 70’s, a co-founder member of the Prenton Pups and in recent years a member of TRSA. Denise is fairly well known around the ground as she has sold tickets for the Club since she was 16 years of age, currently the Equaliser.

Denise would be the first to admit that she is not academic, but worked very hard progressing through the ranks in Personnel administration, her final role in her 30 year career was that of Personnel Manager for the Welsh Ambulance Service based in North Wales.

Above all, Denise is proud to be a member of the Tranmere Rovers Football Club family; she has gained true lifelong friends. The Junior Supporters Association was also instrumental in her meeting Les, whom she married in 1974.