Fan Advisory Board Vote to Open Thursday

Wednesday, 25 May, 2022 13comments  |  Jump to last

Voting to elect Evertonians to Everton's inaugural Fan Advisory Board will begin tomorrow, 26th May.

The election will identify candidates to occupy the panel's four 'unreserved' seats and join the seven members who will be democratically nominated by supporter groups making up the Everton Stakeholder Steering Group (‘reserved' seats).

The application window for the Fan Advisory Board closed last week and, following that, a shortlisting process has identified 13 individuals who will be put forward for election.

The shortlisting panel which comprised independent members and Evertonians Ellen Loudon (Director of Social Justice and Cannon Chancellor at Diocese of Liverpool) and Chris Matheson (MP for Chester) as well as Bridget Bryson and Bren Connolly representing the ESSG and Catherine Wright (Head of Governance) on behalf of the Club.

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The 13 shortlisted candidates are: Tom Astley, Jazz Bal, Julie Clarke, Ian Craig, Shaun Ingram, John Jennings, Dave Kelly, Laura Hebden, James Holman, Thomas Morris, Timothy Ohlson, Stephen Tait and Tony Whittaker.

Photographs and biographies of the 13 candidates will be published on at 2pm on Thursday, when voting will begin.

Any Evertonian who had a supporter number prior to 1 May 2022 will be eligible to vote and will be asked to select their four preferred candidates. Each vote will carry equal weight and supporters will be able to allocate a maximum of one vote per candidate.

The election, which is being independently verified by UK Engage, will identify successful candidates to serve in the following roles:

  • One Everton Shareholder, to initially serve three years;
  • One Evertonian representing a minority group with a protected characteristic as defined in the Equality Act of 2010, to initially serve one year;
  • One Evertonian with no further eligibility requirements to initially serve three years; and
  • One Evertonian with no further eligibility requirements to initially serve one year.

Voting will close at 11.59pm on Thursday 9 June, with the four successful candidates to be confirmed on once the verification process has been completed.

Once operational, Everton's Fan Advisory Board will be consulted on long-term strategic issues and will meet regularly with the Club's hierarchy, including members of the Board of Directors.

The ESSG and the Club would like to thank everyone who submitted an application and offer its congratulations to the those who have made the final shortlist.

To learn more about the Fan Advisory Board election process and how it will work, or how the seven ‘reserved' seats will be allocated, click here.

Head back to from 2pm on Thursday to read more about our 13 candidates and to cast your votes.


Reader Comments (13)

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Jerome Shields
1 Posted 25/05/2022 at 21:50:43
I know I said I would not comment, but two thing have come up that needed a comment.

First, the election to the Fan Advisory Board is not election to the Everton Board – as recommended in the Fan Lead Review – ie, Board representation. This is clearing a whitewash.

Secondly, yesterday I viewed the video of progress at Bramley-Moore Dock in The Mail. The video was okay until. a crane was stacking concrete cubes on top of one another. The explanation given was that it was office space for an increase in Administration Staff... What the Fuck?

Hopefully I will get peace till mid-August this Summer. Bye again.

Allen Rodgers
2 Posted 26/05/2022 at 11:43:19
Jerome, I think it's office space for Laing O'Rourke for the duration of the build.
Jerome Shields
3 Posted 26/05/2022 at 18:20:35

Hope you are right. But it was very ambiguous the way it was presented if that was the case.

Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 26/05/2022 at 21:37:58
Without resorting to a search, I'm not recognizing any of the 13 candidates as being contributors to ToffeeWeb. Not that that should affect my choice in any way.
Brent Stephens
5 Posted 26/05/2022 at 21:45:44
I was struck by the degree of difference between those with wide experience and "rich" backgrounds, and those without. Are the latter in there just to give the impression of choice? with dodgy characcters having already been filtered out? (e.g most TW contributors!)
Barry Rathbone
6 Posted 26/05/2022 at 21:51:40
Not sure what such a body contributes.

Ask a question of 20 fans and quite likely 20 varying opinions based on guesswork will arise as none are privy to Finch Farm or board room workings.

Smacks of political box ticking.

Eugene Ruane
7 Posted 26/05/2022 at 22:17:15
George Carlin - "The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice; you have owners. They own you. They own everything."

No idea what made me think of that.

Rob Jones
8 Posted 26/05/2022 at 22:18:31
Probably your experience of living in this corrupt cesspit of a country, Eugene.
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 26/05/2022 at 22:22:23
Barry, I suspect those manoeuvred into the final choices will be Yes-people.
Michael Kenrick
10 Posted 26/05/2022 at 22:25:04
I would imagine it would be a bit like the existing Fans Forum.

For those who haven't followed the machinations of this august body, the minutes of their meetings are published every month on the Official Everton Website.

They're really interesting. Go on, see if you can find them.

Rob Halligan
11 Posted 26/05/2022 at 22:33:44
Jerome, the reason for the extra “office spaces”, or whatever they are, is because within the next few weeks the workload at BMD is going to increase from 200 workers currently on site to well over 1200. I guess they will all need somewhere to eat, piss and have an eartha!
Will Mabon
12 Posted 26/05/2022 at 22:37:20
Hmm - "Social justice... MP... Governance... Engage".

This could be a real break from tradition, with some serious ass-kickers let loose.

Danny O’Neill
13 Posted 26/05/2022 at 23:20:31
Before it's even established, I'm increasingly becoming of the opinion this is going to be having pre-selected people to choose from to tell a governing body what they want to hear. An extension of the status quo. Be seen to have been doing something to appease the pitchforks.

I could be wrong. I hope I am. If this is going to happen, it has to be listened to. It has to be the supporters' influential body. Not a view. Not an input to a quarterly meeting. An influence.

Within reason obviously. I'm not for one minute suggesting I know how to run a football club but, if we are going to set up a fans advisory board, it has to be able to advise in a meaningful, yet realistic manner. It has to have teeth and influence. Of course we won't make decisions, but we should be able to influence the decision-makers' thought process at least and be taken seriously.

I know a Board of Directors and those who run a football club have a lot more to consider than the immediate weekly concerns and opinions of the masses but, if we're going to do this, do it with meaning, not as a token gesture. Not just sit there in the boardroom doing those overly sincere nods as if they're taking notice and concerned until the meeting is over and the pests are gone, then carry on as normal.

This is not like me. What is happening to me?

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