After a number of behind the scenes meetings with club officials, including relatively recently installed Fans' Liaison Officer Lee Marshall, NUST were happy to take up the offer of a permanent position on the NUFC Fans Forum due to be launched in September.
Newcastle United are launching the Forum with the stated aim of encouraging structured dialogue between fans and the club's senior management team, the forum consisting of 15 supporters and seven club and sponsor representatives.
NUST board member Peter Fanning will represent the Trust at the quarterly meetings while individual fans can apply directly for the twelve individual seats which represent different segments of the Magpies' diverse fan base.
The Trust are approaching the venture with an open mind and will be there on behalf of the hundreds of paid up members who have helped to make NUST the cornerstone of democratic representation amongst Newcastle supporters.
The club's management team will be represented by board members John Irving and Lee Charnley, and heads of department from safety and security, ticketing, media and the club's Foundation, as well as representatives from club sponsors, Wonga.com.
Unlike many forums at other clubs, which are voted in by a panel or elected by fellow supporters on the strength of written applications, applicants to the new Fans Forum at Newcastle United will be required to select an individual seat for which they meet criteria (i.e. Milburn Stand representative must hold a valid season ticket in the Milburn Stand).
They will then be selected at random from all qualifying applicants, enablingevery Newcastle United supporter to stand a chance of being on the Forum.
All fans will be able to communicate with the representative who most closely represents their needs, as well as raising proposals for agenda items, via a revised Fans section on www.nufc.co.uk, which will be introduced shortly. Meeting minutes will subsequently be published online for all fans to read.
Peter Fanning of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust, said: "One of the aims of NUST is to develop formal representation between supporters and the Club. The Trust is therefore happy to play an active part in the new Fans Forum. It is seen as a positive move and the Trust hopes it is the first step towards Newcastle United developing a meaningful and structured relationship with the fans."