New members join exisiting eight fans on the forum after vote
Everton's Fans’ Forum has six new members following a supporters’ vote.
The additions are the result of a club review which saw Evertonians asked to have their say on a range of aspects to do with the Forum.
Everton then invited supporters to apply to be part of the Fans’ Forum, with 12 names then shortlisted for an online vote.
Steve Jones, Lisa Vaughan, William Carr, Peter Dodd, Gary Evans and Kevin Smith were the supporters chosen and they now join the eight existing members ahead of the first meeting in January.
The Forum will then take part in bi-monthly meetings with Everton’s senior executive team and “club partners”.
An online fans’ panel will also be launched early next year to give those supporters who applied to be part of the Fans’ Forum, but were not elected or included on the 12-fan shortlist, to have their say on key club issues.
Plans are in place for the panel to eventually have as many as 1,000 members.
Below are biographies on the six new members of the Fans’ Forum.
He said: “I’m a fourth generation Evertonian, having had a season ticket for over 25 years in most of the stands at Goodison Park.
“Currently, I sit in the Upper Bullens with my special needs son, Dan – who loves going to the game.
“Although I love going to ‘The Old Lady’ I really enjoy going to the away games, especially in Europe.
“Having recently moved out of Liverpool, I still wanted to make sure my connection with Everton Football Club was as great as ever, so I helped start up one of Everton’s newest Supporters’ Clubs - the Croston Blues - of which I am chairperson.
“As you can see, I love Everton and think I could help and make a difference on the Everton Fans’ Forum.”
She said: “My dad first brought me to watch Everton aged eight and I’ve been an obsessive supporter ever since.
“I have been a season ticket holder for over 30 years and have sat in various stands around the stadium, including the Paddock, the Upper Bullens and the Upper Gwladys Street where I now sit.
“I love following Everton on the road as a regular away match attender with my family and friends and haven’t missed a game this season.
“I have been a primary school teacher in a local Liverpool school for 20 years, trying my best to recruit as many Evertonians as possible and growing the junior fan base.”
He said: I am a season ticket holder in the Upper Bullens and have loyally supported Everton for 58 years.
“Born locally, I started watching from the Paddock with my grandfather then graduated to the Gwladys Street via the Boys Pen.
“I have supported Everton through good times and bad times, mixing my emotions to the extreme.
“I am extremely passionate about this club both on the pitch and off the pitch.
“In my professional career I have been an active member of various steering groups and working parties.
“All Evertonians can rely on me to proudly represent them in honest and open discussions with our club representatives and other Forum members, ultimately bringing the club closer to the fans.”
“I’m a lifelong Everton fan and currently a season ticket holder in the Upper Gwladys, where I have been for several years.
“I follow Everton on the road in the Premier League, domestic competitions and Europe.
“I think I know what EFC fans feel.
“I’ve been a part of focus groups with the club before and have made active contributions to these meetings.
“I have shared my views in the 2013/14 crest consultations and more recently the new website.
“I feel like my opinions have been taken on board at past consultations and I’d love to be involved in future consultations.
“I want to represent our fans and have an input to Everton Football Club as a whole.
“I am really proud of what our club does both on and off the park, particularly in the local community and on a matchday.
“EFC is unique in the emphasis it places on communication with the fans and I’d love the opportunity to help the club to continue and expand upon this.”
“I have been an Evertonian for over 40 years; it was when I first stood on the Gwladys Street aged four with my Dad that I really fell in love with Everton.
“I am a season ticket holder in the Main Stand and attend games with my wife and daughter.
“Going the games is still a real family occasion for me.
“I am proud of Everton’s values and traditions and I have high hopes for the club’s future.
“I am a headteacher and, more importantly, a father, so I am particularly passionate about ensuring the Fans’ Forum works with the club to guarantee the next generation of Evertonians will experience the future achievements of our great team.
“Nothing but the best is good enough, and that would be my approach as a member of the Forum.
“I have supported Everton for 52 years and am a season ticket holder in the Paddock.
“My family are all mad Evertonians, including my wife and three children.
“I follow the Blues home and away as a part of the Netherton Blues Supporters’ Club with my son and daughter.
“I started supporting the Blues in the Boys Pen and have had a season ticket in all areas of the stadium ever since.
“I am passionate about driving new initiatives, so that the fans are at the centre of everything the club does.”
Post by Everton News. on Jan 23, 2015 19:21:30 GMT
Club representatives attended a meeting on Thursday to welcome six new supporters and thank four departing members from the Everton Fans’ Forum.
CEO Robert Elstone began proceedings with a presentation on the Club’s four pillars, before Joe Royle presented gifts to retiring members for their contribution.
Elected sextet Kevin Smith, Lisa Vaughan, Gary Evans, Peter Dodd, Steve Jones and William Carr are set to join, while Tony Bott, Kathy Keig, Paul Gabbutt and Amy Wilson have left.
The Forum will convene bi-monthly with Club officials, with the next meeting taking place in March.
Amy Wilson, departing member of the Fans’ Forum, said: “I want to say thank you for all the help and support given to me over any issues I raised on my time on the Fans’ forum, especially the issues raised by our disabled supporters.
“I found my time on the forum rewarding and informative and I'm glad and a little bit proud to have been involved in the Goodison granites project, which turned out even better than I had envisaged."
And, following feedback in the 2014 review, the Club and Forum will also be launching a new Fans’ Panel to enable even more supporters to have their say.
All supporters with a customer number are encouraged to register, click here for more information.
Post by Everton News. on Feb 28, 2015 14:13:35 GMT
Nick Mernock has recently been named as the new Chairman of the Everton Fans' Forum, so evertonfc.com sat down with him to find out what he intends to achieve during his tenure.
Congratulations on your appointment Nick. Tell us a little bit about how you became an Evertonian?
Thank you! I became an Evertonian in the late 60's, after an FA Cup game against Tranmere Rovers. My dad took me to that game and instantly, like most Evertonians, I was hooked on the atmosphere, the ground and the great players that are still my heroes on the pitch.
From there, it’s just spiralled through from going to the game myself, going with my wife and now going with son - it’s a whole family thing which I think most Evertonians find is the same for them.
How long have you been involved with the Forum?
I saw the set up a few years ago; I applied and was accepted second time around. I’ve done one year so far and I find it an interesting challenge and certainly something I’d recommend to most Evertonians to participate in if they can.
It was an honour really to be asked and voted for by my colleagues on the forum, particularly after one year. My role is now more to assist the process and hopefully enable a lot of very enthusiastic Evertonians to make a difference and contribute to the Club.
What are you looking to introduce now you are chairman?
For me personally, Chair is a lovely position but it’s like the conductor of a band - there are a number of experienced people who are part and parcel of the Forum. What we are trying to do at the moment is work through a number of projects that we are going to drive ourselves, in conjunction with the Club, our contacts and hopefully the help of other supporters.
We want to look at retail, away fan initiatives, the relationship with Supporters’ Clubs but mostly the matchday experience. I think the key element of the Forum is that it’s driven by Evertonians - it’s to make sure they come to the game, enjoy that experience, either as a repeat customer or for the first time, and we want it to be something that people will remember. The Forum is a major part in making that experience the best it can be.
Taking matchday experience as an example, the Club works hard on being able to produce a memorable matchday, but things can always improve can’t they?
I think so; it’s the lovely thing about being a football supporter. From your perspective you know what makes a great day for you and that’s a lot of what we need to find out. The Forum has it’s contacts, it links into supporters’ clubs and it utilises people to get those experiences and that knowledge to ensure we get as many Evertonians contributing to ensuring the best possible experience. So we need to factor in everything, whether it’s food, the style of programmes, ticket prices, accessibility – what is best for them. The only way we can do that is by getting the most views as possible.
Why should Evertonians join the new Fans' Panel?
I think it’s a great opportunity. One of the projects at the moment is trying to link the fans, surveys and a number of issues through the Forum so that we make sure we can contact people. We’ll be looking for as many opportunities as possible to utilise as many fans as we can so I would implore people to join the Panel.
The more people who contribute, the stronger and better it makes the Fans’ Forum so I’d encourage everybody, if you have a view, to register and contribute to a number of projects that we are going to be running over the next 12 to 18 months.
Post by Everton News. on Mar 12, 2015 18:57:10 GMT
Everton’s Fans’ Forum gave a warm welcome to fans of Dynamo Kyiv ahead of the Europa League Round of 16 first leg.
Around 50 fans of the Ukrainian league-leaders were treated to refreshments on arrival, a tour of Goodison Park, which was then followed by a tour of the city of Liverpool.
A whistle-stop itinerary was designed by Visit Liverpool which allowed the fans to see key sites around the City during the afternoon as they built up to the evening’s Europa League clash.
Fans enjoyed seeing the enormity and splendour of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, the mercantile architecture of the Albert Dock and the Pier Head, as well as sampling some of the Merseybeat sound in the Cavern on Mathew Street.
The group even had time to pop into the Liverpool Echo’s Old Hall Street offices for a quick chat about this evening’s game with Everton Ambassador Graham Stuart and Liverpool Echo Sports Editor John Thompson.
Everton Fans’ Forum member Steve Jones said; “It has been a pleasure to meet the Dynamo Kyiv fans and be able to show them around our city. One of the best things about today has been meeting people from a different background and culture but having something in common – football and passion for our clubs.”
Sergiy Burnus, a committee member of the Ukrainian Sports Supporters Club said: "We would like to thank Everton and the Fans' Forum for their welcome to the city. We have visited many countries over the years and not had such a warm and hospitable welcome. Liverpool really is a beautiful city and a few members of the group have already said they would like to come back and visit in the summer.”
Everton’s Fans’ Forum is one of the initiatives designed to help bring Everton fans closer to the Club. The Forum is a representative group of Everton fans who are able to air their views direct to members of Everton’s executive management team and other staff from the Club’s various departments. The Forum meets bi-monthly to provide honest and candid feedback on a host of issue and topics that are important to supporters.