CEO meets with coalition of supporters groups

Tuesday, 14 December, 2021 16comments  |  Jump to last

Everton CEO, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, and other club officials met with representatives of the Everton Stakeholder Steering Group (ESSG) on Monday to discuss proposals for fan representation on the Board of Directors.

In the wake of a review of governance at the top level of football in the UK, Everton supporters groups affiliated with the club had come together over the past 6 months to develop proposals for greater involvement in the club for supporters, by having one or more Fan Directors as elected representatives sitting on the club's Board of Directors, who will be:

  • Full members of the Board, who will attend all Board meetings with no restrictions and with equal voting rights to other Board members;
  • Directly accountable to and elected by Everton supporters; and
  • Suitably qualified and possess the experience and competencies necessary to effectively operate at Board level."

This would be underpinned by the creation of a Fan Advisory Board representing the diversity of the fanbase and to ensure that the interests of Everton fans are considered in strategic decision making.

The Executive Summary of the ESSG proposals concludes:

“The overwhelming feedback from Evertonians is the need to ensure that their views are listened to, understood and can be represented at the highest levels of Everton Football Club.

“We believe the recommendation for Fan Directors at Board Level, underpinned by a Fan Advisory Board representing the diversity of the fanbase provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enable this.

“We call on Everton Football Club to quickly accept our recommendation.”  

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Paul Kernot
1 Posted 14/12/2021 at 21:30:54
Ironic that the club send one of the incompetents the majority of us seem to want gone to hear our grievances.
Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 15/12/2021 at 09:36:34
The concept of Fan Director(s) sounds good in principle, which may be why this hasn’t generated much comment either way… but you have to wonder what power they would really have – unless equipped with the Golden Vote veto that was mentioned in the government’s Fan-Led Review but conspicuously absent from this proposal document.

It asks for “equal voting rights”. My understanding is that voting at Board level was based on shareholding. Historically, you had to be a shareholder to sit on the Everton Board of Directors. (This may well have changed with the many recent iterations of the Articles of Association…)

In any event, when it comes down to critical votes, I can’t see this ‘voice on the Board’ having any power as they will be easily outvoted. But at least the voice of the fans will heard.

Clive Rogers
3 Posted 15/12/2021 at 09:54:26
The first message to the board should be “Get rid of Kenwright”.
Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 15/12/2021 at 09:59:32
I'd agree with that Michael.

The concept is sound in principle, but would there be any real power? I don't think so. It would be a sounding board to put opinion across, but ultimately the shareholders will decide.

That said, let's not be too negative. Should these recommendations be accepted, it's a step in the right direction.

With the right representation and person with experience of operating at that level, over time there is an opportunity to influence those making decisions or having a deciding vote. Soft power through influence rather than direct voice if that makes sense?

It would be interesting to see how the supporters would decide (vote) on who would be the representative(s).

And yes, I'm up for it. Vote Danny.

I'll even take my Ridgebacks along. That will wield influence if there's any indecision.

Derek Thomas
5 Posted 15/12/2021 at 10:10:51
This is the sort of 'touchy-feeley, fine words and aspirations' stuff the Dolores Umbrage, sorry – Denise Barrett-Baxendale, will lap up all day.

She had to have a minder (Ged?) for a meeting with that man of firm opinions, Big Nev... who she didn't seem to know from Adam, but had heard he held his views fiercely. So you know and I know that only those holding the most mildly vanilla opinions will make it through to actual sit in the halls of the mighty.

It'll be a talkfest of box-ticking tokenism.

Dennis Stevens
6 Posted 15/12/2021 at 13:55:38
I'm fairly relaxed about the idea. It could be beneficial or it could prove a pointless exercise.

However, of far greater importance is the need for Moshiri to finally get a proper grip on the running of the Club. Surely, he must be extremely unhappy with the way things have gone, as are we all.

While he is also culpable for failures we've seen over the last few years, he is the one person in a position to completely reconstitute the Board, bringing in people who can do the job properly and, having done so, he then needs to let them get on with their jobs without undue interference and meddling.

Alan J Thompson
7 Posted 15/12/2021 at 15:29:42
Clive (#3);

That will not be an acceptable question and would probably see the Club's or Board's representative walk out but it may be asked if there is an agreement in the terms of purchase for the position of Chairman to remain with the one person and if any such agreement has an expiry date.

I suspect the answer would be that it is a matter of commercial confidentiality. However, if the "Stakeholders" are actually shareholders, then it might become an awkward position.

Mark Taylor
8 Posted 15/12/2021 at 15:38:25
For a start, it would be useful to understand what our CEO actually does since you met her. What authority does she have over what, and what is she held accountable for?
Clive Rogers
9 Posted 15/12/2021 at 16:06:49
Alan, it wasn’t a question, it was a demand.
Clive Rogers
10 Posted 15/12/2021 at 16:08:55
Mark, #8, the CEO normally runs the business. The business made a record loss of almost £140 million last year.
Brian Murray
11 Posted 15/12/2021 at 16:09:43

Everton is a bit of a half-way house – neither one thing or the other. She used to oversee that with the homeless so probably feels at home in her Kenwright-appointed role.

She as a CEO was verbally paralysed when Carlo walked and still is when there's any comment or clarity she needs to address. Another inept figure in a long line, thanks to this buffoon.

John Pickles
12 Posted 15/12/2021 at 17:08:43
Paul #1

'The majority of us'...

Did I miss that poll?

Don Alexander
13 Posted 15/12/2021 at 17:26:35
Since when did, quote;

"Suitably qualified and possess the experience and competencies necessary to effectively operate at Board level" – become a requirement to sit in the Everton boardroom?

Brent Stephens
14 Posted 15/12/2021 at 17:28:16
Don, they're just setting a low bar. “Suitably”.
Martin Mason
15 Posted 15/12/2021 at 18:04:45
Needs to be a top class happy clapper.
Jerome Shields
16 Posted 15/12/2021 at 19:09:25
IMO, this is all done and dusted. Everton do take their fans seriously. Because, when there was a hint of a fan-led review and the underlying unrest with how the Club was being run, Everton got in contact with their sanctioned fanbase and came up with proposals that will be agreed, to prevent any revolt or having to deal with revolting fans.

This will have no effect on how Everton is run and it is a whitwash.

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