Trust Oldham Meeting: June 2019
The Trust met on 24th June.
The principal purpose of the meeting was to put plans in place for Trust’s up and coming AGM. We discussed the Trust accounts, current Director roles, those up for re-election and re-organisation of people into key roles we believe necessary to keep the Trust running smoothly as a business and to fulfil its role.
As part of this we are looking to appoint up to three people as either Trust Directors or co-optees to the Trust Board at our forthcoming AGM. We also have a specific need for someone with the skills and experience to act as Trust Secretary (a Director role).
If you want to find out a little more about being a Trust Director/Co-optee, please read the article below:
Interested? Then please email Tracy Wright, Acting Trust chair at: [email protected]
Please include your contact details and a brief statement to include: Why you are interested in volunteering, what role you see yourself in or would like to develop and what skills/experience you have or you feel you can offer the Trust. Your email must be with us by 5pm on Monday 15th July 2019.
As we have a couple of weeks until formal notifications need to be received, if you have any queries or questions about being a Director or co-opted to the Trust Board please drop Tracy a line on the above email and we can answer your questions via email or arrange a call.
The AGM is a formal process and giving notice of the proposed date will be announced as soon as we have confirmed the venue.
Progress with the Club
It has been a little quiet since the Trust/Club meeting on 3rd May – not unusual for the early part of the close season. Below is an update from Darren Ratcliffe (Trust Representative to the Board of Oldham Athletic).
“It took a while to get an initial meeting with the club with the close season and being away myself, but I have spoken to Pat (Head of Commercial), Mohammed (Sporting Director) and Natalie (Managing Director) at various points over the past few weeks.
The addition of Natalie to the club should be welcomed especially when we look to the key principles we expect the club to uphold – see link https://trustoldham.co.uk/open-letter-to-abdallah-lemsagam. These have been received positively by Natalie and we hope to develop a positive working relationship with her as we look to improve off-field operations at the club, its structure and direction.
Natalie has exceptionally good experience in football through her career and is excited to help build the club and grow the supporter base with her colleagues.
When the Trust met with Abdallah on 3rd May, we discussed putting a traffic-light system in place to report back on the six key principles the fans have set and taking effect from the start of the new season. This will provide a consistent and simple means by which we can provide feedback to the Club and fans on how and whether our expectations are being met. We will publish these on our website so you can see our progress against them.
Official Board meetings are yet to be scheduled, though I am now approved by the EFL to officially join the Club Board. This will allow the Trust to work with the club on the principles in a professional manner and keep fans updated. I will continue to push on this and we will update you all on our progress.
The big concern for all fans at the moment is the letter from the FCA (https://www.fca.org.uk/publication/final-notices/oldham-athletic-2004-association-football-club-limited.pdf) and filing of accounts. I am awaiting a response from the club accountant to clarify exactly why this final notice has been sent – I need to know both as a Director of the club, but also as a director of my own business. As soon as that is sorted, we will update fans.
27th June was the filing date for the club accounts (up to June 2018) on the extended deadline and it is disappointing that at the time of writing, the club have missed that deadline. As with the final notice from the FCA, I am waiting to hear back from the Club Accountant and will keep pressure on the Club each day to provide us with this. I do expect this to be cleared up within two weeks from the updates I have been given to date.
Overall the club feels in a better place. There is a good atmosphere and mood within the Club but there is evidently lots more work to be done. I firmly believe that once the regular Club Board meetings are taking place, newcomers such as myself, Natalie, Adam and Richard can get settled into our roles, develop the working relationships we need to help the Club be better and out of which we will start to see good progress on the six key principles the fans have set for our club. This is my focus going forward”.
Purchase of Boundary Park
June announcement with regards to their ongoing progress by the media company appointed by the ‘Fan Led Group’ seeking to purchase Boundary Park and their own blog page:
We look forward to further updates from the Fan Led Group.
We hope you find the Trust updates helpful and informative.
Look out for further updates early July with regards to the Trust up and coming AGM and we hope to see you there.