Everton confirm Fan Advisory Board election results

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Everton FC and the Everton Stakeholder Steering Group (ESSG) have confirmed the candidates who will sit on the club's inaugural Fan Advisory Board.

The Fan Advisory Board was established by club and the ESSG following the Government's 2021 fan-led review of football. The club's commitment to a FAB was reaffirmed following the outcomes of its own survey on fan engagement and the future of the game, and a survey carried out by the ESSG with supporters.

An election to identify four Fan Advisory Board members concluded on Thursday. The results of the election have been independently verified by UK Engage, with Jazz Bal taking 14.9% of the votes, Dave Kelly 13.7%, Julie Clarke 13.6% and Tony Whittaker 8.3% and therefore all being elected to take up ‘unreserved' seats.

The results also ensure that the four candidates cover the pre-set criteria, with the top-scoring candidates set to serve the longest terms:

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  • One Everton Shareholder, to serve three years - Jazz Bal
  • One Evertonian with no further eligibility requirements, to initially serve three years — Dave Kelly
  • One Evertonian representing a minority group with a protected characteristic as defined in the Equality Act of 2010, to initially serve one year — Julie Clarke
  • One Evertonian with no further eligibility requirements, to initially serve one year - Tony Whittaker

The four successful candidates will be joined on the Fan Advisory Board by six representatives who have been democratically nominated by Everton supporter groups comprising the ESSG (‘reserved' seats). The six are:

  • Everton Fans' Forum - Tony Sampson
  • Everton Heritage Society - Jamie Yates
  • Everton Supporters' Club Committee — Hanna Roks
  • Everton Women's Supporters' Club - Julie Makin
  • Everton Disabled Supporters' Association - Keith Done
  • International Supporters' Club Network - Helge Grunnevag

The Football Supporters' Association affiliated groups were unable to put forward a nominee, however the organisation will have representation on the Fan Advisory Board through Jazz Bal, Dave Kelly, (both ‘unreserved' seats), Julie Makin (Everton Women's Supporters' Club seat) and Tony Sampson (Everton Fans' Forum seat), who are all active FSA members.

The Fan Advisory Board will decide on a process to fill the vacant seat at a later date.

The members of the Fan Advisory Board will meet for the first time in early July and will be consulted on long-term strategic issues at Everton going forward. As part of the Club's commitment to the Fan Advisory Board, the panel will get the opportunity to meet regularly with Everton's hierarchy, including members of the Board of Directors.


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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 11/06/2022 at 16:43:56
Since I was not elected, this election was clearly fraudulent, and I will be marching on the Everton offices to overturn the electors as soon as I can find enough supporters to chant my name and wave my flag. One will do.

In all seriousness, a hearty BRAVO to the election of Dave Kelly, the guiding light of Fans Supporting Foodbanks. I saw him on a video story about how many Merseysiders have been fed by this effort. He will be a magnificent representative of everything that is best about Everton fans.

And congratulations also to Tony Sampson, founder of the Chicago Evertonians at a pub just a few blocks from where I was born (AJ Hudson's on the Near North Side, owned by former Toffeewebber Jamie Lenard). I've never met Tony, but from everything I've seen and read, he will be a brilliant representative of the Yank fan base.

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Brendan McLaughlin
2 Posted 11/06/2022 at 20:26:02
Thanks Mike #1

Expected this news to be met with a chorus of "Yes men appointments" posts...so good to hear an opening positive response.

Although why the club didn't simply appoint "Yes men" escapes me...

Kevin Jones
3 Posted 12/06/2022 at 18:22:42
F.A.B Scott
Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 12/06/2022 at 18:26:10
Go and represent us and be heard.

You all now have a privileged position. One that I would love to be in.

Be heard. Have a voice.

Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 12/06/2022 at 19:18:57
Dave Kelly, is both a surprise and also a very good appointment imo, a man who I’m certain was instrumental in helping to Keep Everton In Our City.👏👏
Ken Kneale
6 Posted 12/06/2022 at 19:40:34
I do not know the individuals personally but given the last 30 years, very heartening that respected voices such as Mike G and Tony A approve

Is this the genuine start of a new beginning? Think where we might have been without KEIOC.

Barry Rathbone
7 Posted 12/06/2022 at 19:43:54
A bit of schmoozing with players and EFC personnel and a few freebies and they'll be pet poodles for our lords and masters.
Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 12/06/2022 at 22:08:44
Classic Rathbone right there.
John McFarlane Snr
9 Posted 13/06/2022 at 14:18:46
I have known Dave Kelly for some time and consider him to be an excellent choice for the Fan Advisory Board.
Brian Murray
10 Posted 13/06/2022 at 14:36:58
Is that the Dave who spoke a bit in the Howard's Way DVD? If so, he knows the score and the elephant's in the room.
Tony Abrahams
11 Posted 13/06/2022 at 15:42:26
I think he’s a different fella Brian, but someone who is definitely along the same lines. I remember going to Kirkby to look at Everton’s plans for what I considered would be our deathbed (definitely part of Kenwright’s managed decline, anyway) and speaking to Dave Kelly.

He told me he lived right by where this stadium was going to be built, but he was dead against it, and when I asked him could I join this group, he turned me down, but I was okay with this, and absolutely delighted when KEIOC, eventually defeated Everton & Tesco, for obvious reasons.

Even Bill Kenwright said he was glad Everton lost, my-oh-my-oh-fucking my! What an absolute fraud.

Brian Murray
12 Posted 13/06/2022 at 16:01:22
Tony. I think it's the same blue. He wears glasses if not mistaken and was part of KEIOC as you say. If he somehow manages to oust that idiot, he should get a Nobel Prize or at least Freedom of the City.

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