Fans’ Forum Recruitment
NM opened a discussion about the recruitment of the next cohort of Fans’ Forum members.
It was agreed that the next round of recruitment for the Forum should ensure the intake of members seeks to enhance the skillset and knowledge of the group. The criteria has been identified and to specific roles are:
- Knowledge of disability and access issues
- Knowledge of female supporters' issues
- Knowledge of social media and communications
Following the last meeting NM began to draft the ‘invitation to apply’ documents but feels the Forum need to consider the mechanism for application in light of issues raised following the previous process.
LV felt that the interview process could be simplified. BC suggested that rather than an interview process there could be a practical challenge that recreates some of the issues faced by the Forum. GE disagreed and stated that a shortened interview process with a selected group of Forum members would be ideal to validate the information provided by applicants.
JH suggested the group consider expanding the opportunity to join the Forum to fans who don’t have a Season Ticket or club Customer Number which was the process last time. The group agreed that the next round of recruitment should be open to a more diverse group of people and no limiting factors should be in play.
NM suggested current Forum members should also have the opportunity to re-apply to become a member once their term had finished. The group discussed the merits and agreed this should be the case as ultimately they will have to go through the process against other candidates and specify they have served on the forum previously. LV summarised that the wider fanbase will vote to make a decision on who represents them.
NM talked through the current mechanism of prospective members answering competency-based questions in the first instance and discussed how this should be structured going forward. Overall it was felt that this part of the process should be as inclusive as possible and fans should be asked how they could add value to the Forum.
RK confirmed that an independent body will manage the election process again allowing the fan base to again select who represents them.
BC suggested that the group consider a buddy system for outgoing members to work alongside the incoming members. The group agreed this would be a good idea if the outgoing members are willing.
RK confirmed the Club would be on hand to help the Fans’ Forum create awareness of the opportunity.
ACTION: The group to consider the process over the next few days and feedback any further ideas.
ACTION: NM to draft ‘invitation to apply’ documents following feedback with the aim of putting invitation out early October.