Introducing The Applicants

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The vote to select new members to the Everton Fans' Forum is now open. 

All supporters with a customer number and purchase history are eligible to vote and can select from eight shortlisted applicants.

Voters must provide a customer number and postcode (no spaces when entering the postcode) before selecting their four preferred candidates from the eight shortlisted. The four candidates who receive the highest number of votes will join the Forum from January 2016. 


The voting window is open until Thursday 17 December and the four successful applicants will be announced via evertonfc.com on Monday 21 December. 

To find out more about those up for election, read their profiles below. The vote has now closed.

Annemarie Harper


Why would you like to join the Fans’ Forum:
I am keen to see how Everton as a Club involves its fans and want to be able to give my opinions and views on how things involve and affect the fanbase.

What would you bring to the Fans’ Forum: I’m a female who enjoys going to the game, but as a 42-year-old female, I think the attitudes towards my gender at away grounds can sometimes be unacceptable. I want to work with the Forum to help raise issues women face as football fans.

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I’m a mum-of-three who breeds dogs and has named all of my pets after Everton players past and present. My partner, son and I have previously been named ‘Everton Fans of the Year’ by the Liverpool Echo which resulted in us being featured in the newspaper.

Anne Porter

Why would you like to join the Fans’ Forum:
I would like to try and help with issues that may arise for fans. It will be interesting to gain an insight into how things are done at the Club and provide an opinion on key issues on behalf of the fans.

What would you bring to the Fans’ Forum: As a matchday steward and a Season Ticket Holder of 30 years I think I can provide an honest view as to matchdays, not just at Goodison Park but also at away matches. As a steward I have an understanding of the accessibility issues that some of our fans face at Goodison Park. 

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I hold an FA Level 1 coaching badge and have zip-wired across Goodison Park.

I’m known to a lot of the Everton fans as ‘Little Anne’. 


Dean Gannon


Why would you like to join the Fans’ Forum:
I would like to join the Forum to be able to have more of an impact on the liaison between fans and the Club.  Everton is renowned for its personal approach to fans, I would like to be able to be part of the collective that can have a positive impact. I would like to be a voice for the fans and also utilise skills that I have to enhance the Club in any way that I can.

What would you bring to the Fans’ Forum: My major interest and or skill is design. 

I am a freelance graphic designer and have helped visually front a few Everton Supporters Clubs, including NYC Evertonians and HansTours, by designing a logo to give them a visual presence.  

I have experience in sports retail working for a major sports brand and would like to work with the Forum to begin to expand the merchandise offer available to fans. I have a good grasp and knowledge of social media and think I can contribute to the Forum in this area.

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I have designed various t-shirts for WSAG and given Supporters’ Clubs an identity to spread the word of Everton and its fans.  


Ian Ball


Why would you like to join the Fans’ Forum:
I want to help make a difference on behalf of Everton fans. I would like to be involved in the fan-centric approach Everton has and I want to help the Forum achieve a higher profile.

What would you bring to the Fans’ Forum: I would bring a new and dynamic view to the Forum’s online presence. I can help generate ideas that will help the Forum create a new and exciting brand going forward. 

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I manage an independent forum, which just happens to be Everton-related. I was recently involved in a World Cup podcast which went viral worldwide with over one million downloads!


Jeanette Salmon


Why would you like to join the Fans’ Forum:
This is a fascinating opportunity to play a part in our Club. As a lifelong fan and Season Ticket holder I know the impact it can have when one feels part of something big. 

This Club has the ability to inspire people and enhance lives. 

What would you bring to the Fans’ Forum: I am very interested in our female Toffees, both younger girls and women. I want to understand what our female supporters want from our Club, not just on matchdays but in every aspect of supporting Everton. 

In terms of my skillset I bring management experience as well as positive creativity and a pragmatic approach.

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I love a bobble hat and I have never been able to watch a penalty shootout (even at Wembley!).


Jeremy Clein


Why would you like to join the Fans’ Forum:
 I have a lot of ideas I’d like to bring to the Forum, having been a Season Ticket holder since 1978. I care passionately about what the Club does, both on and off the pitch and I have a genuine interest in anything to do with ticketing.

What would you bring to the Fans Forum: As someone who was a junior coach and now referee, as well as a Business and Finance graduate who worked in the commercial sector for over 20 years, I feel I have an understanding of the game both on and off the pitch. Five years of working for the Sports department at BBC Radio Merseyside has also allowed me to establish contacts with a number of fan groups. I have plenty of time to dedicate to the Fans’ Forum, not just through attending meetings but also if any projects require out of hours meetings.

Everton is in both mine and my family’s blood as I not only attend the game with my sons, but also my brother.

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I played football competitively for almost 40 years and then decided to give something back to the game by going from poacher to gamekeeper and becoming a qualified referee.

So give the other candidates a red card and vote for Clein!


Ruth Eardley


Why would you like to join the Fans’ Forum:
As a current member of the Fans’ Forum I would like the opportunity to stay on and continue delivering on the various project groups I’m involved in. My key aim has always been to help Evertonians enjoy Everton.

What would you bring to the Fans’ Forum: I will continue to bring a female perspective to the Forum. I am passionate about women coming to football and the continuous improvement of the matchday experience for everyone. 

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I have ran the Chester marathon in 2013 for Everton in the Community and I am running the London Marathon next year.  


Lewis Owen


Why would you like to join the Fans’ Forum:
I’d like to have a voice in Everton’s future. The Forum is the trusted guide to improved fan satisfaction. I want to help towards the ambition of connecting with existing supporters, inspiring new ones and balancing commercial with on-field success.

What would you bring to the Fans’ Forum:
Passion, enthusiasm and youth in the same way Ross Barkley and John Stones bring it to the team!  I have a journalistic background and have written for newspapers and appeared on local radio.  I currently work as a Digital Marketing and Social Media manager. I’m confident in being able to offer a fresh voice within the social media and communications area. I’d like to help the Forum reach a younger demographic.

Tell us something interesting about yourself… During the early David Moyes era, I bagged an invite to Bellefield to watch training. I met all the players, including Wayne Rooney and Super Kevin Campbell.  I somehow ended up in the canteen following the tour sharing a meal with the first-team squad!

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