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Justice4Jac Meeting in Derby
Saturday, March 04 2017

A meeting took place on 21st February 2017 in Derby between representatives of the Supporters Direct Board of Directors [Brian Burgess   - Chair and Tim Hartley - Vice-chair] and of Justice4Jac [Robert Pepper, Rob  Bradley, Tanya Noon (RamsTrust), Rick Keracher and Elaine Dean (RamsTrust)].

The meeting focussed on concerns over the ways Supporters Direct dealt with seriously-ill employee Jacqui Forster and broader matters including the significant challenges facing the organisation.

SD representatives confirmed that they accepted that arrangements could have been handled better but confirmed that, since then, many of the persons involved at the time have moved on including former directors and the then CEO.  J4J representatives remain of a mind that current directors who were party to  poor decisions at the time should stand down, if only to stand for re-election to confirm they retained the support of the broader membership.

Discussing Supporters Direct more generally, the J4J group urged the Board of Directors to carry out a root-and-branch examination of the organisation as whole including  examining re-branding and a re-launch.

The failure to secure significant funding from appropriate sources, the lack of a strong visible presence within the football industry, the failure to use the experience and skills of willing trust members who have previously driven the recovery of clubs or arranged their rebirths to the future advantage of Supporters Direct, the need for the organisation to retain its own identity and embracing diversity were among many matters discussed. Many suggestions were  put forward by the J4J party to address some if not all of these issues.

In concluding all persons were keen to extend their very best wishes to Jacqui Forster and hoped that her situation with regard to Supporters Direct might now be the catalyst for the organisation to embrace positive change and  improvement for the clear benefit of the trust movement as a whole.

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