Tuesday, November 03 2015
RIP Brian Lomax OBE - Founding Father of the Trust Movement
The RamsTrust board was deeply saddened to hear that Brian Lomax OBE passed away peacefully at home on 2nd November.
Brian was the inspiration behind the Supporters’ Trust movement through his work at Northampton Town in the early 1990s, becoming the first supporter elected director of a football club after the supporters and community rallied round to save the club in 1992.
This pioneering approach led to the Football Task Force report in 1999 recommending the widespread establishment of Supporters’ Trusts to replicate this work. Brian was instrumental in the formation of Supporters Direct for this purpose, along with Andy Burnham and Phil French - and was appointed its first Managing Director. He would later become Chair of the organisation.
In both positions and throughout SD’s existence, Brian’s skills, experience and warmth have been at the heart of our movement and in him we had our truly inspirational founding father.
Back in 2002 when RamsTrust was formed, Brian attended many meetings and spoke eloquently about the formation of trusts and gave examples of how a number of Trusts had helped to save their clubs from going into extinction.
When ourselves and Foxes Trust established the East Midlands Trusts forum in early 2003, Brian often attended meetings when able, arriving at the Marlene Reid Centre in Coalville on his motorbike all the way from Northampton to encourage the volunteers from over 12 trusts around the region.
RamsTrust Vice Chair and long time Supporters Direct board member Elaine Dean said "Brian is a huge loss to the football world and was taken far too soon. However, his legacy of supporters' involvement in sport governance will live on. He will never be forgotten'.
Brian leaves a wife Catherine and a daughter Emily.
Wednesday, September 16 2015
Derby County Supporters' Society Limited
The following board was elected at the RamsTrust AGM on Thursday 10th September 2015.
- Chair - Jim Wheeler
- Vice Chair - Elaine Dean - Supporters Direct Board
- Secretary - Tanya Noon
- Treasurer - Pete Drew
Other Elected Board Members
Co-opted Board Members
- Jim Coyle - co-opted for local government experience
- Peter Dean - co-opted for Co-operative and Trade Union experience
- Bob Donald - co-opted to represent overseas/international members
- Tricia Goodwin - co-opted for co-operative and financial experience
- Kevin Hepworth - co-opted for Trade Union and Co-operative experience
- Richard Millington (Kidderminster Harriers Trust)
Friday, September 04 2015
Thursday, 10th September, 2015 at 8.00 p.m.
at the Derby Co-op Bowls & Social Club, 50 Taverners Crescent,
Littleover, Derby. DE23 6XT
1. Chair’s welcome.
2. Apologies for absence.
3. Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting.
4. Matters arising.
5. Resolution 1: To accept the Annual Report and Financial Statements year ended 24th March, 2015.
6. Resolution 2: Independent examination of accounts
It is hereby resolved that subject to the provisions of section 4A of the 1968
Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act, the members of the
Society shall not require an audit for the accounts covering the current
financial year ending on 24th March 2016 when they are presented to the next AGM held in 2016. Instead of an audit, an independent examination shall be carried out, in line with the best practice of Supporters Direct.
7. Results of ballot for Society Board members.
8. Any other competent business.
Thursday, July 30 2015
Article by Rebecca Harvey in Co-operative News, 29 July 2015
Football supporters from across the UK met in Manchester in July to discuss the challenges and developments affecting fans of the game. The Supporters Summit 2015, hosted jointly by the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) and Supporters Direct (SD), aimed to bring together a collection of fans who were “interested in shaping the game for the future”, said SD’s director of development, Hilary Clifford.
The day before the main summit, SD hosted a variety of workshops and discussions during a Members’ Day, covering community-owned clubs, issues affecting Premier League and Championship clubs, SD’s rugby league network and youth involvement.
The Members’ Day also incorporated the SD annual general meeting, which featured its work across Europe, a proposed review of the organisation’s governance structure, and the presentation of the Richard Lillicrap award. This award is presented each year to someone who provides outstanding support and advice to others in the supporters’ trust movement.
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