The Club have announced that Jon Woods and Deputy Chairman Keith Harris are leaving the Board of Directors.
Everton say the changes have come about following a period of "review and strategic planning".
Dr Harris had been charged with leading Everton's plans to relocate to a new stadium Bramley-Moore Dock.
CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale will now oversee the work of Stadium Development Director Colin Chong and take responsibility for the new stadium project — including the delivery of a community-led legacy at Goodison Park — with Sasha Ryazantsev responsible for finalising the funding for the schemes.
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1 Posted 26/07/2019 at 08:52:41
2 Posted 26/07/2019 at 08:59:49
Hopefully the end of the 'jobs for the boys' culture.
3 Posted 26/07/2019 at 09:17:55
4 Posted 26/07/2019 at 09:23:11
5 Posted 26/07/2019 at 09:29:41
Bill Kenwright loves a show and loves to be centre stage. That suits Moshiri as he doesn't.
His continued chairmanship is in more of an honorary position and one which I believe would have caused "bad press" had he been replaced at his particular time.
I know the very mixed feelings about him throughout the supporter base, and I'm not going to get into ANY arguments about him (honest) but he's well respected in a lot of areas of the media and I think if the club had ousted him just when the stadium announcement was made it would make us look bad in the eyes of the outside world.
Yes, he could have stood down but I don't think he has that in him to do.
6 Posted 26/07/2019 at 09:32:05
Whats the role of Chairman.
Does he have the deciding vote in a 'show of hands'?
7 Posted 26/07/2019 at 09:38:24
Stephen - it ain't necessarily so! Chairman often has no casting vote. I am a company Chairman with no casting vote!
8 Posted 26/07/2019 at 09:43:10
9 Posted 26/07/2019 at 09:49:52
But in this particular instance, does Mr Bill Kenwright have the Casting Vote on the Board?
10 Posted 26/07/2019 at 09:53:47
Your right about Kenwright, he's the last of the 'old brigade' still remaining I guess. I can only speculate about his past health issues, but he doesn't show any sign of 'stepping back' at this stage.
I'm not even sure how much involvement he has in transfer dealings anymore,I believe Brands has taken over that role completely.
The new BMD development actually gives the club the opportunity to review ALL roles at the club and rightly so, it's been long overdue.
In a kind of ironic way, the financial pressure now involved in securing the new stadium brings added responsibility on all board members and senior management at Everton to secure new revenue streams simply to ensure we can repay our new lender(s), and also compete in the transfer market to enable the club to push on in it's objective to break into the top four/six.
Interesting times ahead.
11 Posted 26/07/2019 at 10:00:31
Anybody out their remember (I think Joe!) Forte. He stated that the best board would be an odd number and preferably less than three! Made me chuckle.
12 Posted 26/07/2019 at 10:33:43
John Woods is clearly leaving as he has sold his shares to Moshiri and is now on the periphery of things. I didn't know a lot about the guy other than he owned Ocean Software, which was big in the computer industry in the 1980s. He's well into his 70s now and maybe he wants to just enjoy the football rather than the business side of it.
Dr Keith Harris was meant to the stadium guru wasn't he? Is he leaving as the stadium has been delivered to the point where we no longer need his specialisms? I recall his skillset was queried by those who know far more than I do at the time of his appointment. The club had given him a bit of fanfare and then people in the know questioned his credentials. So this raises the question, was he "found out", had he completed his task or was it a difference of vision?
Anyway, back to the transfer worrying and looking at the new stadium video to cheer me up.
13 Posted 26/07/2019 at 12:28:08
14 Posted 26/07/2019 at 12:31:18
15 Posted 26/07/2019 at 12:45:55
Also Hardly a surprise that again it all turns around to BK. F me.
I'd of thought more people would question if our CEO is the person that should be overseeing the construction of BMD. Shouldnt that be Meis.
16 Posted 26/07/2019 at 12:53:33
The timing suggests that having reached a significant milestone, the second consultation stage, the club is now getting ready to move forward with the planning application and delivery of the new stadium.
17 Posted 26/07/2019 at 13:08:55
Woods and Harris shareholder ageements have come to a end. Kenwright has still control of the board having two votes, himself and Barret Baxendale, and the Chairman's casting vote in a tied 2 to 2 vote. Can only speculate on Kenwrights shareholder agreement, but it must stipulate the Chairman position and limited Director appointment rights. The time limit on Kenwrights agreement is different than Woods and Harris and there must be something regarding a buy out clause for Kenwright's Shareholding.
Barret Baxendale has been given a PR role, her Chief Executive role is looking more hazy. Everton in the Community interestly have a PR stadium connection. Barret Baxendale sort of, has not left Everton in the Community
Moshiri had to get control of the Stadium project. The appointment of Chong had done that and the money end is being dealt with by Rayzantev. To have any of those other twits near it would have been a disaster.
Moshiri is heading in the right directions. I am confident that Silva and Brands will do likewise on the field
18 Posted 26/07/2019 at 14:09:01
19 Posted 26/07/2019 at 14:31:57
It is unlikely to come to a show of hands, but the maths and voting rights and the view of those that hold them would be given consideration, before the actual decision comes to a vote.
20 Posted 26/07/2019 at 14:55:51
There was the usual TW babble ahead of yesterday's new stadium reveal that it was all contrived to 'bury the bad news of Lookman's and Gueye's [still-to-be-confirmed] departures'. Conspiracy theory at its best. This appears to be the story the club is 'burying'.
Wood has long been an anonymous moustache in all his time on the board. Any holdings he had have long been reduced to minimal after selling out to Moshiri, so no great news story there.
More interesting is Keith Harris' departure and the way it is reported on the club site. To find the story - released today - you have to click on the News and News Archive tab and when that opens it doesn't appear in the 'top of the fold' - the screen view you see on opening a web page. You have to scroll down and find it as the 8th listed news item, even behind such news items as who the Everton ladies have drawn in one of their cup competitions and ticket details for our home game v Wolves on September 1st!
The stark statement reads as per the opening post, with two additional lines:
"Marcel Brands, who was appointed to the Board in January 2019, will continue in his role as Director of Football.
"The Club remains under the leadership of Chairman Bill Kenwright and Majority Shareholder Farhad Moshiri."
It doesn't explain if Keith Harris is leaving the club completely or WHY his designated role is now redundant, or if his Deputy Chairman title will pass to anyone else.
It does explicitly say that CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale will now oversee the work of Stadium Development Director Colin Chong AND take responsibility for the new stadium project.
In addition to her existing responsibilities, that expands DB-B influence at Everton and makes her a very powerful figure within the club. She must be impressing someone.
21 Posted 26/07/2019 at 15:44:39
Quite frankly I find Jays # 20 findings on the Official Everton site quite disturbing in content and process.
22 Posted 26/07/2019 at 16:12:21
Keith Harris was originally appointed by Kenwright to find an investor and was around long before Moshiri came on the scene.
It was rumoured in financial circles that he had lost his edge a few years ago.
It is difficult to know whats behind these "resignations" but the appointment of Brands to the board together with Sasha Ryazantsev would appear to strengthen Moshiri's hand in the boardroom and with the exception of DBB should reduce Kenwrights influence although I will only be happy when that man can no longer influence anything at Everton.
23 Posted 26/07/2019 at 16:29:52
24 Posted 26/07/2019 at 17:31:38
Why does something always have to stink or be underhanded or somethig of that ilk?
25 Posted 26/07/2019 at 17:55:22
26 Posted 26/07/2019 at 18:10:49
Sorry, mate, but I'm not available!
27 Posted 26/07/2019 at 20:12:32
If things where done right and straight forward Everton would be in the top four by right, but they are not.
28 Posted 26/07/2019 at 20:15:16
29 Posted 26/07/2019 at 21:35:12
Saying that though, it was in the Club rules that board members be shareholders, although that seemed to have been forgotten about when Wyness was on the board. How many of the current board qualify under this rule.
As for Harris, his association with the Club was always surrounded in speculation. He was supposed to be tasked with finding a buyer in an informal 'friend of the Club' manner.
If his remit on the board was to find the finances for the new stadium we can only hope that his departure is because he was successful, and not because he failed.
30 Posted 26/07/2019 at 21:41:51
31 Posted 26/07/2019 at 22:20:10
We don't don't really know what Woods or Harris did, or how good they were at doing it. All we know is that they've gone and we don't really know why.
Still, it's fun to speculate I guess.
32 Posted 27/07/2019 at 00:26:36
33 Posted 27/07/2019 at 00:49:22
34 Posted 27/07/2019 at 04:32:32
The recent PR launch Public consultation is a rehash of the previous leaked plans and appears to have been used as an attempt, for whatever reason, to cover up the announcements regarding changes at Board level. There is still a possibility the plans can change.
A 60, 000 capacity stadium could be a possible change given the projected financial benefits of such a capacity, once stadium proposals are hardened down and a updated financial plan and projections is in place. It also looks like that different and more professional people will be looking at the p!an and making decisions in Everton regarding the new stadium project.
Previously, Everton have had PR launches by past members of the Board of stadium plans at other locations that have come to nought. This stadium maybe be actually built.
36 Posted 27/07/2019 at 08:08:00
37 Posted 27/07/2019 at 19:39:13
The comments that the shareholders' agreement must contain this and must contain that...well not really. Most likely Moshiri controls everything and the majority of board members serve at his pleasure, other than possibly other substantial shareholders, but they can be outvoted. I've seen a lot shareholders' agreements in my time and they are without exception structured like that.
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