ESSG Begin Process to Elect Everton’s Fan Advisory Board as Application Opens Today

 ESSG Begin Process to Elect Everton’s Fan Advisory Board as Application Opens Today

As obtained from the club’s website, Everton Stakeholder Steering Group (ESSG) begin process to elect members of the Club’s Fan Advisory Board.

The process for electing members to Everton’s independent Fan Advisory Board (FAB) has begun, with the panel’s final make-up expected to represent key supporter groups and the Club’s global fanbase’s diversity.

The FAB will be consulted on long-term strategic concerns and will meet with the Club’s hierarchy, including members of the Board of Directors, on a regular basis once it has been constituted.

Following collaboration between the Football Club and the Everton Stakeholder Steering Group (ESSG), and consultation with a wide range of fan and stakeholder groups, it has been determined that the FAB will comprise 11 members – seven of whom will be elected representatives democratically nominated by groups making up the ESSG (‘reserved’ positions) and four of whom will be determined by an open fan vote (‘unreserved’ positions).

The seven reserved positions will be for a three-year term and will be occupied by one member each of the Everton Disabled Supporters’ Association (ESDA), the Everton Fans’ Forum, the Everton Supporters’ Club Committee, the Everton Heritage Society, the Everton Women Supporters’ Club, a member from a group associated to the Football Supporters’ Association, and a representative of Everton’s International Supporters’ Club network.

The remaining four unreserved positions will be appointed by an open and independently-verified vote but will include at least one Everton shareholder and at least one supporter representing a group with a protected characteristic as defined by the Equality Act of 2010. To allow for an annual election process, two of the four elected unreserved positions will be for three-year terms, with the other two positions being for one-year terms.

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Applications open today (Monday 9 May) and close at 11.59pm on Thursday 19 May

Evertonians, aged 18 or over, wishing to put themselves forward for one of the four unreserved positions can apply online here. Applicants will need to have had an Everton supporter number as of 1 May 2022 and will need to be nominated by a proposer and a seconder, both of whom must also have had an Everton supporter number as of 1 May 2022.

The application process will remain open until 11:59pm on Thursday 19 May and requires entrants to provide information about themselves, an image and a video submission explaining what makes them a suitable candidate to represent the Everton fanbase.

A panel comprising independent members and representatives of both the Club and ESSG will determine a final shortlist of 12, with a public vote to begin later in May. Supporters eligible to represent a group with a reserved position will be contacted by the relevant group independently but will not be precluded from applying for the open election for unreserved positions.

Everton confirmed in December last year that it was committed to collaborating with the ESSG to determine how meaningful fan representation at Board level on strategic matters at the Club could be developed following the findings of the Government’s fan-led review of football.

The ESSG, a coalition of independent supporters’ groups which represents more than 20,000 Blues, was established as Everton sought to inform its own responses to the Government’s review.

The group helped shape a fan survey that attracted responses from more than 10,000 Evertonians and which indicated overwhelming support (91 per cent) for the creation of a supporter committee or custodian group.

Working with the Club, the ESSG has since devised the Terms of Reference, informed by consultation with stakeholder groups and a fan survey, that outline the FAB’s mission, objectives and composition.

Once active, the FAB will be consulted on matters including the Club’s strategic vision, plans for broader supporter engagement, the relocation to a new stadium and the subsequent Goodison Legacy Project, finance and revenue generation, and any proposals relating to club heritage.

Any supporters unable to complete the online application form can contact the ESSG (ESSG1878@gmail.com), who will be able to provide further assistance.

For more details on shortlisting and election process, visit club’s website.

Source: Everton FC