October 28, 2005
Supporters Club Chairman John Malyckyj has today issued the following statement.
“It is with regret I have to announce that Supporters Club director Jane Browne has resigned from the board of Bristol Rovers. I am sure everyone will join me in thanking Jane for her efforts over the past seventeen months but she has found that she has not been able to devote the necessary time to her boardroom duties that the role demands. This has not been an easy decision for her, but with the stadium redevelopment plans now being taken forward she feels that the time is right for her to step aside to allow someone with a different set of skills and more time to come forward.
Under the terms of the Share Scheme agreement we must now seek a replacement for the position, our constitution does not provide for this set of circumstances. However I am empowered to rule on any matters not accounted for in the rules and I have put the following resolution to the committee to which they have given their unanimous support.
“Under the terms of Rule 11.1 of Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Rules and Constitution it is proposed that:
· The Associate Director, Kim Stuckey be nominated by the Supporters Club to fulfil the role of Director of Bristol Rovers Football Club until May 2007 which will mark the end of his period of office to which he was elected in May 2004, a decision ratified at the 2004 Annual General Meeting.
· Nominations are invited from members of the Supporters Club for the position of Supporters Club Associate Director on the board of Bristol Rovers Football Club.
· That the Annual General Meeting be delayed for a week from its original date of 24th November to Thursday 1st December to allow appropriate time for a possible election to take place, with a time table as follows:
1. Nominations be received by 5.00pm on Friday 4th November 2005. These must be proposed and seconded by existing members of the Supporters Club and sent to The Secretary, BRSC, 199 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 1AZ.
2. The candidates will be invited to attend an informal meeting with the Chairman of the Supporters Club and representatives of the Football Club to explain fully their duties and to answer any questions about the role on Monday 7th November 2005.
3. Candidates will then be required to submit an election address to be received not later than 5.00pm on Thursday 10th November 2005.
4. The election addresses will be dispatched with the Newsletter to give sufficient time for members to apply for postal votes should they require them, or they may vote in person from 5.00pm at the Memorial Stadium on 1st December (prior to the AGM).
5. In order to protect the integrity of this process any person applying for membership of the Supporters Club between now and 1st December shall be entitled to all normal benefits, but will not be permitted to vote in any election nor stand for elected office.
[image2] Jane was elected to the Board in May 2004 and became the first female fans director in the country balancing her part time paid role as operations manager of the Supporters Club and Treasurer with her boardroom duties. She had this to say about her departure.
“It has been a very difficult decision for me and I have been mindful of all the people who voted for and put their trust in me, but the board need someone now with additional skills and time availability that I cannot currently offer. It is therefore timely for me to stand down and let someone else have a go in this vital post. No one should be in any doubt just how hard he or she will need to work if they apply for the position. It is an honour to serve the supporters, but people need to have the skills, time and commitment to fulfil the role.” Mrs Browne will remain as operations manager and Treasurer of the Supporters Club. [image3]
Fellow fans director Kim Stuckey commented; “Jane gave me great support and guidance as a newcomer to the supporters club and board. She has been a steadying influence on the Supporters Club for forty years and been there through the good and bad times for Rovers. She should be proud of her achievement in being the first Supporters Club full board member and giving the board 18 months of loyal service”.
“Her resignation also demonstrates that the directors roles are not an honourary title but involve hard and tough work. I can tell any candidate that the broad sweep of topics involved in running a football club means that you have to be very adaptable in learning new skills and understanding the football business. You also have to be prepared to spend most of your free time involved in the job. This is especially true with the supporters directors who have both football club and supporters club responsibilities to fulfil on most evenings and match days.”
Football Club Chairman Geoff Dunford has written to Mrs Browne saying ”Your fellow directors have asked me to sincerely thank you for your contribution and the dedication you have shown since joining the board as a Supporters Club representative.”
Please remember, in view of these special circumstances, the Supporters Club AGM will be put back one week and will now take place on Thursday December 1st.