It is over three years since the Fans took over Portsmouth Community Football Club. The name indicates how important it is to us and to the wider football world. I have pleasure therefore in giving notification of this year’s PST Board Elections.
In doing so I also notify you that the Election Policy approved at the AGM on Monday, 8 December 2014 will be used for the second time in the 2016 elections. The election policy permits electioneering through social media sites and openly in the press. PST will hold hustings in Portsmouth at some stage to give candidates an opportunity to meet members of the Trust; and communicate with our worldwide fan base.
It is fair to say that Board Members have had to manage the tensions we anticipated would arise after taking over the Club. The time needed to be devoted to the position is not inconsiderable. Furthermore, Members of the Board, however successfully they are carrying out their tasks, have to stand for re-election every three years.
The Pompey Supporters’ Trust will therefore seek to elect THREE Board Members this year and we would like to invite candidates formally to consider applying to serve for a three year term to help shape and progress the PST.
Details of what you have to do are in the Election section of our website, under About Us.
The Election Schedule is as follows:
- The date on which you must be a Member of the PST to qualify to vote or to nominate a candidate is Thursday, 30 June 2016.
- Nominations to stand in the Election to be in by 6pm on Sunday, 31 July 2016.
- Voting papers will be sent out to qualifying members by Friday, 12 August 2016.
- Voting closes 6pm on Friday, 9 September 2016 and all ballots must be received by that date to count.
The ballot will be conducted by email and post and we urge all members to make sure we have your correct contact details and that your subscription, if you are not a life member, is up to date. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to check your details.
Please remember that not more than one vote will be accepted from the same email address. Therefore, if an email address is being shared with another member; one member will have to register another email address with the Trust by 31 July 2016 or vote by printing off the voting form from the PST website and posting it. If nicknames are used in the voting process, they may not be recognised and the vote cast would not be counted.
The Election Management Group comprises the Independent Scrutineer, Neil Le Milliere of Exeter City AFC Supporters Trust, whom we warmly thank, Mark Farwell (PST Secretary) and Steve Hatton (PST Membership Secretary).
Nomination Forms and the Election Policy, Board Membership and Conduct Policy, and Social Media Policy, each candidate must sign up to all three, are on the Trust’s Website.
The 7th AGM will be held on Thursday, 22 September 2016 at Fratton Park where the results will be declared, if not earlier, and you can meet the successful candidates.
Dr Mark Farwell
26 June 2016