Hi and sorry for the delay. I have to admit I was torn initially with the role and being on the board as a Non-Executive Director as it is a dual role. Your representing supporters but you also have a responsibility to the club and sometimes that can be two different outcomes. Now that I have been in the role I do think it is worthwhile in that we have the same voice as every other Director round that table. We don't always agree. Frank spoke with some Fans Reps at other clubs and they were amazed we get to sit through the whole board meeting as they are asked to leave when it comes to the Financials.Hi @traceyhibs
Sorry that @Jamie made it hard for you to post here, he's still learning this internet stuff and messes up now and again.
Now you're finally here, I'd be interested to hear your answer to one question - nothing sarky like 'what did the fans reps ever do for us' but just a general enquiry.
Now that you have 'performed the role' and have the benefit of being on both sides as it were, do you think the concept of fans reps on the Board - the way it works at Hibs - is worthwhile? Does it add value, and if so to whom?
Maybe you could ask Frank the same question and reply on his behalf.
He promised to post regularly after his successful re-election but obviously Jamie screwed up his account even worse than he did yours.
Thanks in advance.
I think it has added value to those supporters who we've helped. Not everything gets shouted about and we have helped individuals or groups with issues that are important to them but will approach us without putting it online. We work closely with the Security Officer to raise issues at away stadiums (or our own) and for going to Ibrox we relay issues from matches and anything that we were told we would get but didn't. Recently I've been liaising with Police Scotland over an incident after the Hearts match and we are meeting prior to the Rangers game which has been moved to a Friday night. Listening to supporters and ensuring any concerns re match safety are fed back and dealt with.
Look I'm not going to sit here and say we've been wonderful and done everything perfectly because we haven't. I think communication with individuals when dealing with issues has been good but communication with updates following board meetings etc.. dropped off pretty quickly. I was happy to deal with the online communication but I didn't comprehend how huge that was going to be. We haven't been as visible on these forums as would have liked to have been and it's mostly been Facebook and Twitter with all the groups that are on there. I have time now within this year to help the new representative and work with them to ensure that changes dramatically and help them put things in place for the next election.
Haven't asked Frank re this yet but will when I see him and hopefully we can get his thoughts on it all too. I know he can't get on here.