12th July 2019
Stour Space, Hackney.
Sue Watson, Terry Land, Kevin Hind, Jack Hart, Debbie Donovan.
(SW, TL, JH, were all co-opted members until they were ratified by the EGM which followed the Cttee meeting.)
Apologies: Natalie Morgans.
1. Introduction - SW
Following on from the AGM, the aim for the coming year is to start again and make WHUISA an outward looking organisation which will work in a focused way and represent the membership. We will make connections with other organisations, such as, the FSF and IAG in order to do so.
There are two motions for the EGM, which have been submitted by members, both of which the committee support.
2. Financial Report - KH
The end of the WHUISA accounting year is 30.4 and, on that date, the balance in the account was £1821.79. Since then, there has been: Income - £389.27 from membership fees and donations. Badge sales have also increased since the new Cttee has been more active.
Expenditure - £763.99 on printing and postage. A donation of £50 was also made to the Fox’s Trust and room hire for today’s EGM was £150. Therefore, the new balance, as of yesterday, is - £1447.07.
TL proposed that membership fees should be annual, as opposed to a one off, as not only would it increase income, but also give a regular record of exactly how many members we have. It is in the new Constitution, so hopefully will be ratified by the EGM.
Two current signatories have asked to be removed as signatories, so two more are needed SW and JH volunteered. Agreed.
3. Social Media Report – TL
Instagram. Has been closed down.
Facebook. The account is ineffective, and although it can be a good way to communicate, it currently does not work. We discussed if it could be used to just notify member of events and publicise WHUISA, but it was not felt that it would be effective. It also requires a lot of work to moderate it and it is not worth continuing, if it cannot be done properly. TL will present something to the next Cttee meeting and we will make a decision about it then. Agreed.
Twitter. We went from 147,000 monthly engagements at its peak in January, to 18,000 in May. However, last month alone, we had 173,000 hits. TL and JH will continue to work on further development. Twitter was felt to be the best way to communicate things about WHUISA. Agreed.
Emails. Mailchimp costs £35 per month for 1,000 – 5,000, with anything above that being £65 per month. Last month we paid £65, due to the increase volume resulting from GDPR, but next month it will return to £35.
We need to continue using Mailchimp, as we are paying for it. WHUISA will look into using Survey Monkey more too.
Proposed – SW, Seconded – JH. Agreed.
WHUISA has applied for a KUMB account to use. Agreed.
4. Feedback from FSA AGM.
60 club reps in the room, who were all against the monetisation of fan opinion and engagement. A motion on Socios, proposed by WHUISA and backed by MUST, was passed unanimously. The FSA CEO will meet with the Premier League to discuss the issues.
5. Programme for the coming Season.
The member’s survey is being finalised, based on issues from last season and feedback already gained for this. The issues the Cttee will propose for attention are, in ascending order:
7. £700 for mascot. We discussed a delay in raising this, as WHUISA had previously auctioned one off. However, we can say that it is an issue from the previous committee on which we have reflected and have changed our position.
6. Gold and Sullivan’s loans to the club. We question why, in principle they are loans and not investments. There are also issues with the level of interest raised. Even though Mike Ashley also makes loans to Newcastle, he does so at 0% interest.
5. The £10 charge for a place on the season ticket waiting list. Why the charge? How long is the waiting list? Why is it not transparent?
4. Football Development. It is reported that the Academy is a shambles and that those working there do not even have compatible IT equipment. Its record for producing new talent is lamentable and recruitment and retention of youngsters is poor. There are also issues with the role of the Director of Football.
3. Proper fan representation to the club, instead of the OSB, which is toothless and not independent.
2. Socios. We object to that in principle.
1. Karren Brady. She was brought in to sort out the migration which has not been effective. The management of the corporates is also very poor. Therefore we question her ability to bring full value to her post. In addition, her Twitter account and Sun newspaper column bring the club into disrepute. The possible purchase of a player failed as a result of an article she did for The Sun.
The committee will want to challenge her role based on her competency, value for money and lack of professionalism at the club. It will not be in any way based on her gender and we will distance ourselves from any of the more overtly sexist criticisms of her whilst making clear what the focus is.
6. Match Day Service
The committee will publicise feedback on any questions asked of the membership and do so by posting it on the website on the Monday following the Saturday game. Agreed.
7. Equalities. KH raised the issues surrounding a gay footballer who is about to come out. This is something which WHUISA should support. We should also support Pride of Irons in line with our equality charter.
WHUISA will now more clearly support the WHU women’s team. JH reported the matchday service is going to extend the women’s home games.
There was discussion on WHUISA campaigning for the women’s team to play at the LS, in the context of the PL rule that no game can be played for 4 hours, either side of the men’s first team.
The committee will discuss with the women’s team how they want to be supported.
Meeting closed at 12.50pm