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Welcome to the website of RamsTrust, the Derby County Supporters Trust. Our goal is to widen and deepen supporter ownership, representation and influence at Derby County. The Trust works with its members, Derby County executives and Board and other Derby County supporter groups to help strengthen the club's ties with the community and build the club into a world class sporting institution. Please join us and support our work.
Jacqui Forster
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Friday, November 11 2016

RamsTrust is proud to have played a significant role in supporting the Justice4Jac campaign as Jacqui was its link with Supporters Direct for 12 years.

http://www.thenews.coop/110958/news/co-operatives/supporters-direct-u-turn-employee-payout/

Supporters Direct (SD) has stated it will pay the salary of its longest-serving employee, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year. The organisation initially stopped payment to Jacqui Forster, who had been working there for 13 years, after her statutory sick pay allowance expired in September.

SD – which helps fans to set up democratic co-operatives (known as supporters’ trusts) to gain influence in the running and ownership of their clubs – made the u-turn after defending its reluctance to pay out earlier by saying it was forced to “do more with less” financially. Ms Forster has now received her back pay from June to December 2016.

A Justice4Jac campaign was set up by former SD directors and trust members, which urged the business to continue to pay Ms Forster, and a Just Giving page raised almost £2,000 in two months from nearly 50 supporters. Ms Forster intends to use the monies raised to set up a legacy campaign to encourage more women to attend sporting events. While welcoming the turnabout, the Justice4Jac group has called on those who voted to stop the pay to resign.

“Supporters Direct should never just rely on legislation in how it deals with urgent matters. Instead, the organisation should be helping Jacqui as she deals with a dreadful situation,” said a statement.

“We raise this because we want everyone in football who knows Jacqui Forster to show her their support and equally make their own judgment about her employer who, in our view, has let her down disgracefully.”

SD chair Brian Burgess said at the time: “We note that former SD board members have publicly aired concerns about recent board decisions relating to a member of SD staff.

“We hope, however, that members will understand that we seek to act at all times in the best interests of all SD members, all SD staff, and the entire supporters trust movement.”

Robert Pepper, who is involved in the Justice4Jac campaign, has resigned as the SD reciprocal member of the Football Supporters Federation National Council because of the initial decision to stop Ms Forster’s salary.



 
Annual General Meeting 2016
Tuesday, September 06 2016

Agenda - RamsTrust Annual General Meeting 2016

Thursday, 15th September, 2016 at 8.00pm.

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, 2016.

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 2017 when they are presented to the next AGM held in 2017.  Instead of an audit, an independent examination shall be carried out, in line with the best practice of Supporters Direct.

7.    Resolution 3: Adopt updated election policy.

8.     Results of ballot for Society Board members.

9.     Any other competent business.

10.     Close.

 
RamsTrust AGM and Board Election 2016
Tuesday, July 19 2016

For Members.

The RamsTrust Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 8:00 pm on Thursday, 15th September 2016 at the Derby Co-op Bowls & Social Club, 50 Taverners Crescent, Littleover, Derby, DE23 6XL. Your support is important so please make a diary date for this important event.

This year we have six vacancies on the RamsTrust Board: three for 3 years, three for 2 years. We are now inviting nominations to all full members wishing to stand for election.

Please give this opportunity some consideration, as this is your chance to play a leading role in the trust.

RamsTrust is committed to furthering the interests of Derby County fans and the general community of football supporters, so please come forward to formally volunteer some spare time and energy in active participation. RamsTrust is an independent, open and democratic supporters group that endeavours to make a positive contribution to the future of Derby County Football Club.

The AGM also gives the opportunity for all members to submit any items or resolutions for inclusion in the AGM’s agenda. Please note that another member must second any such proposals.

If, as a member, you want to be nominated for election to the RamsTrust Board, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a nomination form. Nominations must be received by Thursday August 11th.

If you would like to discuss the role as a Board member, require advice on the completion of a nomination form or any aspect of the election process, please contact the Chair of the Election Management Group at the RamsTrust EMG Chair, Derby Co-op Bowls & Social Club,50 Taverners Crescent, Littleover, Derby DE23 6XL or, for more rapid response, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All nominations will be verified on receipt. In the event of any dispute over the validity of the form, the candidate will be contacted.

An election will be held unless there are six or fewer nominations for the six available positions and all candidates are willing to accept terms of office. The election results will be given at the AGM.

In case of any complaints regarding the election procedure, we have adopted Supporters Direct best practice guideline and have formed an Election Management Group, chaired by John Boyle of the Stafford Rangers Supporters Trust, STRIPES.

The agenda for the AGM will be placed on the website at least 7 days before the meeting.

Thank you again for your continued support and we hope to see you at the 2016 AGM.


 
RIP Brian Lomax OBE - Founding Father of the Trust Movement
Tuesday, November 03 2015

Brian Lomax


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.


 
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