Everton to hold AGM in November

09/10/2015  34 Comments  [Jump to last]

Everton have announced a date for the Annual General Meeting of their shareholders: 23 November 2015.

This year's AGM will take place in Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall from 6pm, according to a Twitter post by the Shareholders Association. Everton shareholders can expect to receive copies of the 2015 Annual Report and Accounts in the next few weeks.

One of the items of business on which Shareholders will be expecting an update is the club's exploration of Walton Hall Park as potential site for a new stadium in partnership with Liverpool City Council.

Some indication of the status of the planning could come sooner as Mayor Joe Anderson had promised an update from the Council's perspective this month.  

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Shane Corcoran
1 Posted 09/10/2015 at 16:57:29
So was there an AGM last year or not and if not, why not?
Ian Robert
2 Posted 09/10/2015 at 17:39:01
Yes, there was.
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 09/10/2015 at 17:45:18
I wonder how much our "other costs" are going to be this time?
Ian Robert
4 Posted 09/10/2015 at 18:24:59
Good point... but probably a fraction of the big boys.
Bobby Thomas
5 Posted 09/10/2015 at 19:25:09
Wonder if they are a fraction of the big boys Other Operating Costs in proportion to turnover?

Ground move, well, its not a ground move. Its an idea without any hint of a workable plan to maybe lead to something to possibly get beyond first base.

These fuckers cannot get anything done and it will almost certainly not happen. Possibly dead already.

Ian Robert
6 Posted 09/10/2015 at 22:10:14
Good job the happy brigade are here!
Richard Jones
7 Posted 10/10/2015 at 00:59:44
I see there's a happy clapper!!
Jamie Crowley
8 Posted 10/10/2015 at 05:14:38
WHP off the board... Brand new stadium plan unveiled just before season ticket sales roll out...

Seriously, it's a broken record. And we consume because we love. And those arrogant pricks with their Range Rovers and Mercedes think we don't see it. Feed the sheep...

I despair.

Shane Corcoran
9 Posted 10/10/2015 at 14:12:56
Was it not discussed in depth on TW that after the reinstatement of the AGM a few years back that there subsequently was no AGM a year or two later?
Michael Kenrick
10 Posted 10/10/2015 at 16:52:06
Shane, I had to look up the timeline as I was convinced one had been missed.

AGMs were held annually until Bill Kenwright was embarrassed by the opposition to Destination Kirkby at the 2007 AGM, and subsequently changed the Articles of Association to make them no longer a requirement.

There were no AGMs for six years: 2008 through 2013.

The Shareholders Association and their petition of the small shareholders a couple of years ago forced an EGM. That EGM was held in June 2013 at the Philharmonic Hall, at which the custodians allowed the vote to reinstate AGMs after a long break.

I think it was expected at the time that AGMs would be reinstated in the autumn of 2013, to discuss the 2012-13 Report and Accounts, but this didn't happen. So it seemed like one was missed. It wasn't until the end of April in the following year that the promised AGMs started up again. The last AGM was held on 29 April 2014.

With this one coming up, it will be more than 18 months since the last one, so again, it feels like one has been missed. However, autumn is the 'normal' time to hold them, as it gives time for the accounts from the club's financial year, which ends 31 May each year, to be audited.

I looked for the discussion you asked about but can't find it, sorry.

Shane Corcoran
11 Posted 10/10/2015 at 17:02:51
Thanks for clearing that up Michael. Don't worry about the discussion; I might not have it right. It just rang a bell, real or imaginary.
Clive Rogers
13 Posted 11/10/2015 at 19:29:55
Will Kenwright be well enough to be there? Anyone heard how he is?
Peter Weaver
14 Posted 11/10/2015 at 19:37:33
Is the Press Corps (and ToffeeWeb) invited to these meetings or do we have to rely on clandestine reports for information?
Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 11/10/2015 at 20:38:27
Clive(12), I'm a complete cynic where Billy Boy is concerned, so if Everton are in the top six he'll be there,.
Martin Mason
16 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:08:40
An excellent demonstration of corporate democracy where those with the right to have a say in the running of the club get to have a say. The rest can continue to do this via fan blogs where they can correctly air their views as customers rather than owners.

Are BU represented at the AGM? How about the protest flight organisers? Surely they must be as influential components of our fan base? If not, how do they continue to claim any right to influence compared to us vast majority happy clappers?

Come on you Blues and a massive thanks to those wonderful, wonderful fans that continue to correctly project the great image of our club that the real world correctly sees.

Dave Abrahams
17 Posted 11/10/2015 at 22:12:58
Martin (15), did you get down for the derby game or are you coming on Saturday for the Man Utd game.

I might be able to get you a proxy ticket for the AGM and, if Billy shows up, you'll be able to worship at your hero's feet.

Hope you are keeping well.

Eric Myles
18 Posted 12/10/2015 at 09:11:31
Hardly a demonstration of a democratic process when 3 people control 68% of the voting power.
Bobby Thomas
19 Posted 12/10/2015 at 14:06:26
Martin Mason (#15),

The Blue Union’s Dave Kelly is definitely a shareholder. He was part of the Shareholders Association and has attempted to attend meetings between the club and the Shareholders Association.

The club has banned him from these meetings. Here are some minutes of a meeting between the Club and the Shareholders Association in 2013, from the Shareholders Association website:

Mr Elstone suggested that before we commenced the meeting he would like to explain the Club’s position with regards to Shareholder Association attendees at these meetings and specifically his objection to the attendance, at this meeting, of Dave Kelly.

He reaffirmed what he had said to John Blain in a telephone conversation on February 1st and subsequently in an email exchange with Dave Kelly. Additionally Mr Elstone and Mr Tyrrell shared with Blain, Gabbutt and Seymour a prepared form of words that documents the position of the Club.

Mr Elstone expressed his disappointment that the Executive were intending — against his repeatedly stated wishes — to include in their group, members who are active in the Blue Union. He reiterated that he will not engage with anyone who has played a part establishing or promoting that organisation’s activities.

He said any further attempts by the Executive to include shareholders who are known members of the group in dialogue would be a further breach of trust he has placed in this process and result in his immediate withdrawal from future discussions. 

As you said #15:

"An excellent demonstration of corporate democracy where those with the right to have a say in the running of the club get to have a say."

Tony Abrahams
20 Posted 12/10/2015 at 15:40:29
Too clever during the PUBLIC ENQUIRY, so ban them from the shareholders meetings.


Propaganda all is phoney, Martin, especially the right to free speech. Who needs the truth, if it will only split the fan base and take us back years.

I know you can't look over the park, from Brighton, but the development going on at Anfield is going to generate a lot of money for our neighbours, something their last owners just couldn't afford to do!

Patrick Murphy
21 Posted 12/10/2015 at 16:40:49
Tony (19) The rules of Elstonia (sic) have to be upheld at all times, I'm not sure how democratic that particular Republic is though.
Winston Williamson
22 Posted 12/10/2015 at 16:58:14
Martin (15)
Thanks for confirmation that you are a complete wind-up merchant.

You could not write a better post designed to pique a group supporters if you tried....oh, wait, you did try. Well done! Congratulations!!

Tony Abrahams
23 Posted 12/10/2015 at 17:48:13
More like a junta, Patrick. He's got to be on the payroll somewhere, even if he doesn't take a wage! (MadMartin)
John Keating
24 Posted 12/10/2015 at 17:53:39
It's a great pity more supporters couldn't get the Club to purchase their shares (like some); then the AGM may be even more undemocratic than it already is.
James Hughes
25 Posted 12/10/2015 at 18:14:26
A clear indication of how our loans are serviced would be nice. We seem to spend less than anyone but our debt goes up. A little shining light in the murky pool of finance would be more than pleasing.

As for Mr Kelly — a disgrace that he is banned for daring to seek the truth. We fans obviously have ideas above our station.

Jay Harris
26 Posted 12/10/2015 at 19:03:13
Not to mention he is also a shareholder so has the right to question the board.

Maybe Dictator Bill and his Junta General Elstone have other ideas.

Ian Robert
27 Posted 12/10/2015 at 19:13:46
Look forward to it... let's hope theres a reasoned discussion.
Jim Lloyd
28 Posted 12/10/2015 at 19:34:27
It's a True Democracy alright, that's according to the North Korean dictionary
Peter Weaver
29 Posted 12/10/2015 at 19:36:20
I'm all for open governance and I've championed it in all kinds of businesses. However, football seems to be a law unto itself.

For instance, most of us would love a billionaire to replace BK & Co but I don't imagine the ordinary fan gets anymore of a say in Chelsea or Man City's affairs than do our lot!

Colin Glassar
30 Posted 12/10/2015 at 19:38:29
I've heard Chairman Bill is going to do a Steve Jobs style presentation. He's got Steve Round's microphone and Roberto has lent him a turtle neck jumper.
Ian Robert
31 Posted 12/10/2015 at 23:50:07
Peter (#28), correct: 100% of Man City's shares are owned by one guy... so nobody gets to interact with the club. We are quite lucky, I guess... but let's not kid ourselves; the major shareholder runs the company, just like any other.
Kristian Boyce
32 Posted 13/10/2015 at 02:06:12
Fingers crossed for the new lawnmowers announcement!
Dave Kelly
33 Posted 13/10/2015 at 14:01:05
Bobby Thomas:

For the avoidance of any doubt your, claim that "The Blue Union's Dave Kelly is definitely a shareholder. He was part of the Shareholders Association and has attempted to attend meetings between the club and the Shareholders Association" isn't quite factually correct.

Dave Kelly, democratically elected to Everton Shareholders Association Executive Committee, is a supporter of The Blue Union, in fact the Chair of the group.

I am not being pedantic about this but it is an important point I make. I have always taken my responsibilities on with the ESA seriously. I endeavor to represent Shareholders to the best of my ability, before The Blue Union, Unite the Union, the Mothers Union, or any other Union for that matter.

In respect to Robert Elstone's decision to deny me the opportunity to represent Shareholders at meetings between him and the Shareholders, I personally take it as a back-handed compliment!!!

What disturbs me is why Everton Football Club operate a "Blacklist" against supporters who will challenge them. Why they have plotted and schemed against many supporters who want what's best for our club?

Unfortunately, Robert and his team see fan engagement as something that takes place between a select and exclusive group of individuals who won't challenge them, those who fall within their "the owe us" category, like the unaccountable and undemocratic Fans Forum.

Will it stop me and others? Not at all...

Ron Sear
34 Posted 15/10/2015 at 13:33:08
I hope somebody challenges them on the very serious matter of the price of a cup of tea at Goodison. Seems it is the third-highest price in the Premier League.
Tony Abrahams
35 Posted 16/10/2015 at 11:01:29
I know Ron, I sometimes think we should be let in the match for free when you consider the price of a hot dog.

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