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Elections to the Robins Trust Board 2018: Process and Timetable

The election will follow the following process:

  1. The Trust board currently has 11 members. Trust rules say that the board will consist of no fewer than 6 and no more than 16 members.
  2. The election will be run by an Election Management Group consisting of one member of the Trust board (who is not standing for re-election) and an independent scrutineer.
  3. James Young (Robins Trust) was chosen to organise the election as per a Board Meeting on Monday, July 16 2018. After consultation with Supporters Direct, Neil Le Milliere (Exeter City Supporters Trust has agreed to be the independent scrutineer).
  4. At the Trust Board meeting on July 16, 2018 a drawing of lots was held to decide which of the 11 current board members – elected at the 2017 AGM – will be standing down. As the entire board was elected at the Trust relaunch in 2012, it was necessary for half of the board to stand down.  It was decided to choose six members at random, with two exceptions, listed in point five. For the avoidance of any doubt all existing board members are entitled to stand for re-election if they wish.
  5. As Trust chairman Dave Jennings and Fan Elected Director Dave Beesley had been elected into their posts since the last AGM, it was agreed they should stand. Lots were drawn for the remaining four positions at random.
  6. As per Trust rules, anyone standing for election shall be a fully paid member of the society, and be nominated by two other full society members.
  7. Nominees will also be asked to supply a statement supporting their nomination as per rule 6 of the Trust Election Policy.
  8. As per rule 5 of the Trust Election Policy, it is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure their candidacy is valid as per the terms above.
  9. The timetable for the 2018 election will be:
      1. August 23, 2018: Notice of AGM and election circulated to all members.
      2. Midday, September 20, 2018: Deadline for receipt of nominations and candidate statements.
      3. In the week beginning September 22 an announcement will be made as to whether a ballot will be necessary. A ballot will be necessary if the number of nominations EXCEEDS 11. If so, the following will happen:
      4. September 27, 2018: Candidate statements for all candidates seeking election will be published on the Trust website.
      5. October 4, 2018: voting forms and candidate statements and means for proxy or email voting, will be sent to Trust members.
      6. October 18, 2018: Election count and announcement will take placed at the Robins Trust AGM.
  10. In the event that the number of nominations is equal to or fewer than available positions on the Board (11) or less, those nominees will progress through to the AGM for ratification by members.
  11. The new Robins Trust board will meet for a general board meeting within ONE month of the AGM.

Click HERE for a Robins Trust Board Member nomination form

All forms, and corresponding confirmation messages from proposers must be sent to elections@robinstrust.org by the relevant dates listed above.

Elections for the role of Fan Elected Director

The election will follow the following process:

  1. The election will be run by an Election Management Group consisting of one member of the Trust board (who is not standing for re-election) and an independent scrutineer.
  2. James Young (Robins Trust) was chosen to organise the election as per a Board Meeting on Monday, July 16 2018. After consultation with Supporters Direct, Neil Le Milliere (Exeter City Supporters Trust) has agreed to be the independent scrutineer.
  3. Eligibility for the role of FED is set out in the Trust’s Fan Elected Director rules and any nominee must agree to be bound by those rules.
  4. The timetable for the election of the FED will be as follows:
      1. August 23, 2018: Notice of AFM and election circulated to all members.
      2. Midday, September 20, 2018: Deadline for receipt of nominations and candidate statements.
      3. In the week beginning September 22 an announcement will be made as to whether a ballot will be necessary. A ballot will be necessary if there is more than one valid nomination. If so, the following will happen:
      4. September 27, 2018: Candidate statements for all candidates seeking election will be published on the Trust website.
      5. October 4, 2018: voting forms and candidate statements and means for online voting, will be sent to Trust members.
      6. October 18, 2018: Election count and result announcement at the Robins Trust AGM.

 

Click HERE for a Fan Elected Director Nomination Form.

All forms, and corresponding confirmation messages from proposers must be sent to elections@robinstrust.org by the relevant dates listed above.

Join the Trust – and watch the Robins in Style

The Robins Trust is offering a lucky member the chance to live the high life at the home game against Colchester on September 1.

Any existing Trust member will join those signing up by August 20 for a chance to win a hospitality package.

The prize worth £60 per person includes a two-course meal, half-time refreshments and access to a dedicated cash bar throughout the afternoon.

The winner will also get a car-park pass, a complimentary match programme and teamsheet while enjoying impeccable service from a matchday host.

All existing Trust members will be automatically entered into the draw, while members who sign up online at robinstrust.org or via our matchday surgery on Saturday will also be entered.

One lucky winner will win tickets for them and a guest and a car park pass between them.

Trust membership is cheaper than ever before, costing just £5 to be a member for the 2018/19 season.

As well as the chance to win this superb prize, Trust members are eligible for reduced-price entry for Bishop’s Cleeve home games when the Robins aren’t playing and free entry to all Cheltenham Town Ladies home matches.

Join the Trust today by clicking here.

Programme Notes – Crawley – 4th August 2018

It has been a busy summer for the Robins Trust with a new membership price introduced, a new FED being put in place and a full and frank exchange of views with the Football Club after being called to act by our members.

TRUST MEMBERSHIP

We made some changes to our membership structure last season with the aim of becoming more inclusive and more representative of the club’s supporter base.
Robins Trust membership now costs just £5 and is for the length of the football season.
All single year memberships expired in mid-July and ALL members should have received an e-mail from the Trust advising on how to renew.
To join the Trust simply log on to www.robinstrust.org and follow the easy steps. Payment can be made by PayPal or by credit or debit card.
We will also be taking cash membership payments at our Saturday Surgery – more of which later.

NEW FED

Towards the end of last season our FED Murry Toms decided to stand down from his role on the Football Club board due to personal reasons.
Murry made an outstanding contribution during his time as FED, leading the Blue for Crewe campaign and providing the club with marketing ideas lightyears ahead of what it had done before.
The Trust Board moved quickly and decisively to appoint Dave Beesley as interim FED ahead of a formal election at our AGM which is scheduled for September.
Dave has been attending board meetings and contributing as much as he can as an interim member of the Club Board. We will confirm the date and details of our AGM in the next two weeks.

INTERACTION WITH THE CLUB

As part of the Trust’s remit to represent supporters, we took on board a number of comments of dissatisfaction with a stealth price rise on season tickets.
The Trust has always worked closely with the Football Club and we have always had a positive relationship. However, we will never be afraid to call them into account if we feel it is needed.
With this issue we had frank discussions with the Football Club board, leading to two members of the club board attending a Trust Board meeting.
We hope that this set a precedent for a closer working arrangement in the future, although we will never be afraid to speak frankly and honestly if our members ask us to.

SATURDAY SURGERY

Starting today, members of the Trust board will be in the main bar before the game to sort any membership queries and to listen to supporters’ suggestions.
One of the Trust’s core responsibilities is to represent the club’s supporters and through our FED we can raise gripes and make suggestions at Football Club board level.
The Saturday Surgery will be a regular feature throughout the season, so come and say hello. Your opinions and feedback are vital.
You will also have noticed that our friendly raffle sellers were not in place ahead of today’s game.
The Trust Board took the decision to stop the raffle ahead of this season and we are now looking into some new and exciting schemes that will entertain, raise money and give you a chance of winning.
Watch this space…

Footie for a fiver – Exclusive offer at Bishop’s Cleeve FC for Trust members

The Robins Trust is delighted to announce that we have linked up with Bishop’s Cleeve Football Club with a special offer exclusive to Trust members.

Trust members will be able to gain adult admission to Mitres’ home games for just £5 on Saturdays when the Robins aren’t at home.

The offer, which will see under-16s go free if accompanied by an adult, is also valid for midweek games when there is no fixture clash with games at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Cleeve are looking to bounce back into the Southern League during the coming season and Trust chairman Dave Jennings said the deal will hopefully be a winner for all.

“We would never want to discourage fans from travelling across the country to watch the Robins, but the reality is that for a lot of us, that is impossible for one reason or another,” Jennings said.

“When the Robins aren’t at home we struggle to get our football fix, but hopefully this offer will change that – with a bonus of supporting a local club who we all regard as our second team.

“We’re thrilled that the Cleeve committee and manager Steve Cleal were open to the idea and want to wish them all the best with their bounceback campaign – let’s hope you follow the Robins’ lead.”

Entrance to Hellenic League matches at Kayte Lane costs £8 for adults, so the saving for Trust members is significant, especially when it costs just £5 for a season-long Trust membership.

To qualify for the special rate you must show your Trust membership card at the Kate Lane turnstiles – with under-16s let in for free alongside a paying adult.

Cleeve boss Steve Cleal added:“ I am hoping that the Robins Rrust members get themselves down to The Lane asoften as possible this year when Cheltenham aren’t playing or away.

“We will welcome all the support in what should be a good season with our bounceback campaign.

“When I met up with Dave to discuss this idea and others it was a no brainer and hopefully be a partnership that we can build on in the future.”