York City Supporters’ Trust have been invited to give evidence to the Government’s fan led review of football governance, with an hour long, one-to-one session with the expert panel next Monday.
The detailed evidence will cover many aspects of the York City story over the past two decades, including club governance, financial controls, the rights of fan shareholders, fan engagement, reporting and monitoring, securing of loans against community assets, planning policies, company law and wider regulatory matters.
Commenting on the invitation, Trust Chairman Mike Brown said:
“The Government’s review session provides an opportunity for us to share the many challenges faced by York City fans over the past 20 years. We hope it will bring about much needed change in the governance of the game and behaviour of club owners and directors in the years to come. Football is nothing without the fans.”
Exploring all aspects of governance in the game, the review panel includes:
- Tracey Crouch MP (Chair)
- Kevin Miles (Chief Executive, The Football Supporters’ Association)
- Roy Hodgson (former Crystal Palace and England manager)
- Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale (Chief Executive, Everton FC)
- Clarke Carlisle (former Burnley player and former Chair of Professional Footballers Association)
- Dan Jones (Partner, Football Finance)
- Dawn Airey (Chair, FA Women’s Super League)
- David Mahoney (Chief Operating Officer, England and Wales Cricket Board)
- James Tedford (Former Secretary, Southport FC)
- Godric Smith (Director, Cambridge United)
- Danny Finkelstein, independent member
The panel features fan representation at its heart and also includes former players and managers, current administrators, representatives of non-league and the women’s game as well as independent members. The Chair and panel will now begin a series of roundtable meetings that will reach out to fans and football organisations throughout the football pyramid, to hear their views on the future of the national game.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“This expert panel brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the football family to shape the future of our national game. Their job will be to listen to fans and ensure their views are at the heart of reforms on governance, finance and improving day to day experience of supporters. Football is nothing without fans, and today we deliver on our promise to put them in the driving seat.”
The terms of reference for the review can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fan-led-review-of-football-governance