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Welcome to the website of RamsTrust, the Derby County Supporters Trust. Our goal is to widen and deepen supporter ownership, representation and influence at Derby County. The Trust works with its members, Derby County executives and Board and other Derby County supporter groups to help strengthen the club's ties with the community and build the club into a world class sporting institution. Please join us and support our work.
RamsTrust AGM and Board Election 2016
Tuesday, July 19 2016

For Members.

The RamsTrust Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 8:00 pm on Thursday, 15th September 2016 at the Derby Co-op Bowls & Social Club, 50 Taverners Crescent, Littleover, Derby, DE23 6XL. Your support is important so please make a diary date for this important event.

This year we have six vacancies on the RamsTrust Board: three for 3 years, three for 2 years. We are now inviting nominations to all full members wishing to stand for election.

Please give this opportunity some consideration, as this is your chance to play a leading role in the trust.

RamsTrust is committed to furthering the interests of Derby County fans and the general community of football supporters, so please come forward to formally volunteer some spare time and energy in active participation. RamsTrust is an independent, open and democratic supporters group that endeavours to make a positive contribution to the future of Derby County Football Club.

The AGM also gives the opportunity for all members to submit any items or resolutions for inclusion in the AGM’s agenda. Please note that another member must second any such proposals.

If, as a member, you want to be nominated for election to the RamsTrust Board, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a nomination form. Nominations must be received by Thursday August 11th.

If you would like to discuss the role as a Board member, require advice on the completion of a nomination form or any aspect of the election process, please contact the Chair of the Election Management Group at the RamsTrust EMG Chair, Derby Co-op Bowls & Social Club,50 Taverners Crescent, Littleover, Derby DE23 6XL or, for more rapid response, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All nominations will be verified on receipt. In the event of any dispute over the validity of the form, the candidate will be contacted.

An election will be held unless there are six or fewer nominations for the six available positions and all candidates are willing to accept terms of office. The election results will be given at the AGM.

In case of any complaints regarding the election procedure, we have adopted Supporters Direct best practice guideline and have formed an Election Management Group, chaired by John Boyle of the Stafford Rangers Supporters Trust, STRIPES.

The agenda for the AGM will be placed on the website at least 7 days before the meeting.

Thank you again for your continued support and we hope to see you at the 2016 AGM.


 
RIP Brian Lomax OBE - Founding Father of the Trust Movement
Tuesday, November 03 2015

Brian Lomax


RIP Brian Lomax OBE - Founding Father of the Trust Movement

The RamsTrust board was deeply saddened to hear that Brian Lomax  OBE passed away peacefully at home on 2nd November.

Brian was the inspiration behind the Supporters’ Trust movement through his work at Northampton Town in the early 1990s, becoming the first supporter elected director of a football club after the supporters and community rallied  round to save the club in 1992.

This pioneering approach led to the Football Task Force report in 1999 recommending the widespread establishment of Supporters’ Trusts to replicate this work. Brian was instrumental in the formation of Supporters Direct for this  purpose, along with Andy Burnham and Phil French - and was appointed its  first Managing Director. He would later become Chair of the organisation.

In both positions and throughout SD’s existence, Brian’s skills, experience and warmth have been at the heart of our movement and in him we had our truly inspirational founding father.

Back in 2002 when RamsTrust was formed, Brian attended many  meetings and spoke eloquently about the formation of trusts and gave  examples of how a number of Trusts had helped to save their clubs from  going into extinction.

When ourselves and Foxes Trust established the East Midlands Trusts forum in early 2003, Brian often attended meetings when able, arriving at the Marlene Reid Centre in Coalville on his motorbike all the way from Northampton to encourage the volunteers from over 12 trusts around the region.

RamsTrust Vice Chair and long time Supporters Direct board member Elaine Dean said "Brian is a huge loss to the football world and was taken far too soon. However, his legacy of supporters' involvement in sport governance will live on. He will never be forgotten'.

Brian leaves a wife Catherine and a  daughter Emily.


 
RamsTrust Board 2015-16
Wednesday, September 16 2015

Derby County Supporters' Society Limited

The following board was elected at the RamsTrust AGM on Thursday 10th September 2015.

Officers

  • Chair - Jim Wheeler
  • Vice Chair - Elaine Dean - Supporters Direct Board
  • Secretary - Tanya Noon
  • Treasurer - Pete Drew

Other Elected Board Members

  • Tony Beck
  • Malcolm Turner

 Co-opted Board Members

  • Jim Coyle - co-opted for local government experience
  • Peter Dean - co-opted for Co-operative and Trade Union experience
  • Bob Donald - co-opted to represent overseas/international members
  • Tricia Goodwin - co-opted for co-operative and financial experience
  • Kevin Hepworth - co-opted for Trade Union and Co-operative experience

Independent Examiner

  • Richard Millington (Kidderminster Harriers Trust)

Officers

  • Chair - Jim Wheeler
  • Vice Chair - Elaine Dean - Supporters Direct Board
  • Secretary - Tanya Noon
  • Treasurer - Peter Drew

Other Elected Board Members

 
  • Tony Beck
    Malcolm Turner

 
  • Co-opted Board Members
  • Jim Coyle - co-opted for local government experience
  • Peter Dean co-opted for Co-operative and Trade Union experience
  • Bob Donald - Co-opted to represent overseas/international members
  • Tricia Goodwin - Co-opted for co-operative and financial experience
  • Kevin Hepworth - Co-opted for Trade Union and Co-operative experience

Independent Examiner

  • Richard Millington (Kidderminster Harriers Trust)

    Officers

  • Chair - Jim Wheeler
  • Vice Chair - Elaine Dean - Supporters Direct Board
  • Secretary - Tanya Noon
  • Treasurer - Peter Drew

Other Elected Board Members

 
  • Tony Beck
    Malcolm Turner

 
  • Co-opted Board Members
  • Jim Coyle - co-opted for local government experience
  • Peter Dean co-opted for Co-operative and Trade Union experience
  • Bob Donald - Co-opted to represent overseas/international members
  • Tricia Goodwin - Co-opted for co-operative and financial experience
  • Kevin Hepworth - Co-opted for Trade Union and Co-operative experience

Independent Examiner

  • Richard Millington (Kidderminster Harriers Trust)
 
RamsTrust AGM Agenda, 10th September 2015
Friday, September 04 2015


Thursday, 10th September, 2015 at 8.00 p.m.

at the Derby Co-op Bowls & Social Club, 50 Taverners Crescent,
Littleover, Derby.  DE23 6XT

1.     Chair’s welcome.

2.     Apologies for absence.

3.     Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting.

4.     Matters arising.

5.     Resolution 1: To accept the Annual Report and Financial Statements year ended 24th March, 2015.

6.     Resolution 2: Independent examination of accounts
It is hereby resolved that subject to the provisions of section 4A of the 1968
Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act, the members of the
Society shall not require an audit for the accounts covering the current
financial year ending on 24th March 2016 when they are presented to the next AGM held in 2016.  Instead of an audit, an independent examination shall be carried out, in line with the best practice of Supporters Direct.

7.     Results of ballot for Society Board members.

8.     Any other competent business.

9.     Close.

 
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