Jason shaw - VIQI founder
I am a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET and have over 30 years experience within large Engineering Companies, where I manage multi million pound projects from design through to delivery. I have been in my present job for 18 years and I am currently responsible for all large scale Electrical Infrastructure Projects as part of a Strategic Alliance. My current team consists of over 80 highly skilled, mulit-disciplined on-site engineers, supported by numerous satellite offices all working collaboratively to successfully deliver the business needs.
I have great memories growing up as a youngster in the town, going to the games with my parents, standing in the Northwest corner of Naughton Park just below the souvenir shop. I would always ask at each game if I could go and sit on the white wall that run around the edge of the grass pitch. I was often allowed to do this and the local police man, that patrolled the perimeter would ask me to keep my legs on the stand side away from the pitch. Once he had walked away I would swing my legs back over until he returned on his next lap. At the end of each game I used to run on to the pitch to see my heroes. I always remember John Basnett giving me his tie-ups after the Bradford Northern game. When I got home, I stuffed them in my bottom drawer for safe keeping but come Monday morning all of my clothes stunk of winter green! Great Memories though!
After leaving school I served my time in a local chemical factory, as a young fresh-faced apprentice. You can imagine how excited I was when I turned up for my first day, to find out my locker was next to none other than Keith ‘Chiefy’ Elwell. My early memories of Chiefy go as far back as 1978 when he played his part in Widnes being the last club side to beat a touring Australian team in front of over 12,000 fans. What would we give to see crowds like that now!
I founded the Vikings Quids In scheme better known as VIQI back in October 1999, on the 10th Anniversary of arguably the clubs greatest ever achievement with a view to helping the club through some tough times. The scheme has raised nearly £200,000 since its inception and has provided the fans with some quality players over the years starting with Martin Crompton who went on to Captain the team that won the grand final in 2001 and culminated in a return to Super League.
I have watched Widnes Vikings all of my life along with my wife and two children. The 1989 World Club Challenge was the third ever and first official World Club Challenge match and is without doubt the highlight of my time as a fan. It did help that I won VIP tickets with the Daily Mirror and got to shake every Widnes players hand as they walked up to collect the trophy. This is what drives me on as a fan as I am desperate to bring the good times back for the fans and I would dearly love my children to experience the many highs that I have been so privileged to see over years gone by.
I am absolutely passionate about the club and my aim is to unite the fans with the club by ensuring greater accountability, visibility and transparency of how the club is operated, something I personally feel can be greatly improved on as we collectively move forwar