Barrett-Baxendale appointed to Everton Board

5 July  16 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton have announced that Deputy CEO, Denise Barrett-Baxendale MBE has become the latest member of the Board of Directors.

Long considered a potential successor to Robert Elstone as the club's Chief Executive, Barrett-Baxendale has been recognised nationally for her work heading up the award-winning Everton In The Community.

She joins existing board members Bill Kenwright, Jon Woods, Elstone and Sacha Ryazantsev as directors.  

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Stephen Ashton
1 Posted 05/07/2016 at 17:09:16
Well deserved and long overdue.

A lady who understands Everton.

Paul Andrews
3 Posted 05/07/2016 at 17:22:08
A girl brought up in the inner city of Liverpool. I have no doubt she has her finger on the pulse of all things Everton.

From what I hear, she has fantastic principles too.
Mark Dunford
11 Posted 05/07/2016 at 20:40:36
Excellent. She has been an incredible asset to the club for a long time. I remember speaking to her after my son was a mascot for a game 12 years ago. One of the most helpful people imaginable and clearly a blueblood. And the Board needs more people - wisdom of crowds and all that, more women in the boardroom, etc
James Power
12 Posted 05/07/2016 at 21:27:14
I like alliterative surnames, it adds a punchiness to the roll call that would otherwise be missing.

Welcome DBB to the top table. You should add some insight into the proceedings and also may be able to stop old bumbling Bill from picking off the bobbles from his cardigan while Sascha is bossing the quarterly meeting, passing various motions to cease the Werthers original contract and Monday night showings of Phantom and Carousel.
Barry Roberts
14 Posted 05/07/2016 at 22:11:53
Well done girl. you've done more for our club than most have.
Peter Mills
15 Posted 05/07/2016 at 22:25:35
From all I have heard - an excellent, progressive appointment.
Charles Mills
17 Posted 05/07/2016 at 22:27:31
This is marvellous news.
Denise truly represents the Soul of our wonderful Club.
Jamie Crowley
18 Posted 05/07/2016 at 22:38:32
It's about time a woman was on the board.
Andrew James
19 Posted 05/07/2016 at 22:43:48
It looks like we are gradually modernising. Moyes did it with Finch Farm but the board and the ground were behind. Now they appear to be moving forwards.

Communication and PR are the next aspects of the club I want to see improve.

Trevor Lynes
21 Posted 05/07/2016 at 23:37:07
This lady is a credit to our club and she has received an MBE from the Queen for her work on the project Everton in the Community.Let us hope that her hard work brings success on the field next season.

By the way, our much maligned ex manager and his wife has also been very active in this side of our club.

Jamie Sweet
22 Posted 06/07/2016 at 00:16:24
I have often thought that if the club in general was run as efficiently and progressively as Everton in the Community, then we would be in a much better position.

It seems we are actually getting a better blend of personalities involved at the top level now, not just the old boys club it once was.

I liked the sound of the new Russian fella too. Seems like the sort which wouldn't take any bullshit from Kenwright and Elstone.

Steve Bingham
23 Posted 06/07/2016 at 02:36:49
Congratulations on a very well deserved appointment.
Karl Masters
25 Posted 06/07/2016 at 21:23:46
This is a very sensible appointment and one that had been stark staringly obvious for some time.

Now the shackles of Green and Earl are gone, things are moving along.

Tony Draper
26 Posted 07/07/2016 at 20:06:27
Jamie @18

How very, very true. Far better to have an able, proven, achiever on our board, purely upon merit, rather than anyone there through some antiquated system of "duty & privilege".

Trevor @21

Two very creditable points:

1) DBB's track record has seen her area of influence return Everton's reputation as innovators in the world game.

2) Yes. In Bill & Jenny, Evertonians really have leading Evertonians who have continually carried through very noble works for people who have greatly benefitted. (I could cite a very laudable very longstanding example; however, to do so would be unnecessarily intrusive and entirely against their genuine and generous spirit.)

John Austin
27 Posted 07/07/2016 at 20:46:40
This is a great appointment if reports from people I know and who have met her are anything to go by. She has done a fantastic job with Everton in the Community and will hopefully be an important bridge between the Board and the supporters. Many congratulations DBB.
Thomas Lennon
28 Posted 10/07/2016 at 09:32:28
It seems that the board is moving away from being a group of owners with a few advisors from time to time, to a group of professionals who will no doubt be paid. From autocracy to democracy... should be an improvement. We are now a business rather than an owner's club.

I like the importance placed on building with the community – I like the principle of building a support structure through which the manager will work rather than the manager being the centre of all things.

We are building a robust club that does not just depend on one or two men – rather like Arsenal perhaps?

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