Meet Everton's Fan Advisory Board

Biographies of the Blues representing Evertonians across the globe.

The members of Everton's inaugural Fan Advisory Board were confirmed in June 2022. Four members were elected to 'unreserved' seats through an independently-verified fan vote, with six additional members being democratically nominated by supporter groups making up the Everton Stakeholder Steering Group (ESSG). 

Scroll down to find out more about the Blues representing Evertonians across the globe on the Fan Advisory Board. 

Jazz Bal

Name: Jazz Bal 
Seat: Elected to ‘unreserved’ seat (fan vote)

About me: I’m delighted to have been elected to be a part of the inaugural Fan Advisory Board. Hopefully my experiences of being on the Everton Fans’ Forum, starting a Supporters’ Club, representing fans directly to the Premier League, and living throughout the UK and overseas will stand me in good stead to represent Evertonians.

I welcome all Evertonians to get in touch with me, whether in the Upper Gwladys or local pubs on matchdays, while travelling to (or at) away games, or whenever the opportunity arises. After all, I am here to represent your views.

I am well aware that the hard work starts now, and I guarantee that I will do my best to make the fanbase proud.

Julie Clarke

Name: Julie Clarke 
Seat: Elected to ‘unreserved’ seat (fan vote)

About me: I am honoured to have been chosen by the fans to sit on Everton’s first ever Fan Advisory Board.
I’ve supported the Blues my whole life and have travelled the world to watch them, including friendlies. Goodison, however, will always be my favourite place to watch - and Bramley-Moore Dock will have to work very hard to fill the same space in my heart!
An engineer by profession, I moved to London through my work and joined the Everton London Supporters’ Club and APFSCIL (Association of Provincial Football Supporters’ Clubs in London), where I represented fans of teams throughout the UK as Travel Secretary. Although issues around fans’ travel are important to me, I want to be a voice for all fans and to get their views represented on the Fan Advisory Board.
I still travel, with friends, to every home game, and will do so as long as I have a beating heart – and a car!

Keith Done

Keith Done
Seat: Reserved seat (Everton Disabled Supporters’ Association)

About me: An Everton supporter for 64 years, I was introduced to the Club by Brian Harris, who was a member of Brackenwood Golf Club where I spent most of my spare time in my teens. The first team photo Brian gave me featured himself, a young Brian Labone, Dave Hickson, Bobby Collins, Jimmy Harris, Tommy Jones and Albert Dunlop, amongst others.

Brian served an apprenticeship as an electrician at Lever Brothers Port Sunlight, and I followed the very same route.

I have a MSc degree in Manufacturing Management and I am a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now the Institution of Engineering and Technology).

Through my wife’s membership, I joined the committee of Everton Disabled Supporters’ Association (EDSA), and I am the current Car Parking Officer.

My wife and I are season ticket holders in the Alex Young Lounge and eagerly anticipating our move to Bramley-Moore Dock.

Helge Grunnevag

Name: Helge Grunnevag
Seat: Reserved seat (International Supporters' Club Network)

About me: I’m 43 years old and have been an Everton fan since the mid-1980s. I live in Haugesund on the west coast of Norway and I have been the chairman of the Norwegian supporters’ club for the last 14 years.

To be a part of the ESSG and the whole process that has led to the Fan Advisory Board has been a great experience and to now be the representative for the International Supporters’ Clubs network is a great honour. I’m looking forward to being able to work with Evertonians from across the globe and to make sure they are all heard; it is one of the things I’m most passionate about. But also to unite the fans, as we are very much stronger together – I cannot wait to get started.

Richie Gillham 

Name: Richie Gillham 
Seat: Reserved seat (Everton Heritage Society)

I am delighted to become the Everton Heritage Society’s representative on the Fan Advisory Board.

Like all Evertonians, I have supported the Club all my life, watching my heroes Bob Latchford and Andy King in the seventies through to Howard Kendall’s glory days from the terraces with my dad, and then bringing my children up watching the Toffees.

I am currently the secretary of the Heritage Society and I have been a member for many years, supporting our projects and helping with the matchday exhibitions upstairs at St. Lukes Church.

Our goal is to support the fans and the Club through the Fan Advisory Board, particularly in maintaining the heritage of our Club during our final years at Goodison and leaving a legacy as we move to our new home on the banks of the royal blue Mersey.

Dave Kelly 

Name: Dave Kelly
Seat: Elected to ‘unreserved’ seat (fan vote)

About me: I would like to place on record my sincere gratitude to all involved in the ESSG for their passion and commitment to ensuring the dream of a Fan Advisory Board became a reality.

I am also indebted to all the Evertonians who took part in the democratic process, particularly those who trusted me with their vote.

Rest assured I will give the Fan Advisory Board my total commitment. Any fan with any issues, do not hesitate to contact me - I will attempt to get you an answer. The Fan Advisory Board presents us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity, let's grasp it.

Onwards and upwards. In solidarity.


Julie Makin

Name: Julie Makin
Seat: Reserved seat (Everton Women Supporters' Club)

About me: Firstly, I am honoured to be given this opportunity. I am a born and bred Evertonian, even says Everton on my birth certificate. I went to my first game in 1981 with my nan and dad and was hooked from the minute I walked out onto the Gwladys Street. 

I am of an age lucky enough to have seen us win Wembley finals and league championships. I feel for those fans who have yet to experience this but glory days will soon be back with us - I can feel it. 

I played, coached and managed in women's football, a career spanning four decades! Now I am founder and chair of the Official Women's Supporters Club, originally formed in 2007 but made official a couple of years ago.

I want to be the voice of all Blues fans and, of course, our beloved women's team. I am also a member of the Rainbow Toffees and our Her Game Too campaign.

I am looking forward to working with some amazing Evertonians. We aim to do you proud and be your voice.

Julie #NSNO

Tony Sampson

Name: Tony Sampson
Seat: Reserved seat (Everton Fans' Forum)

About me: Everton has been a part of my life for over 45 years. A match-going Blue when I lived in the UK, I now live in the US and I am still a season ticket holder. For the past couple of years, I’ve been a member of the Everton Fans’ Forum, which I now Chair, through which I’ve been lucky to represent Evertonians' views on a wide range of issues, including ticketing, matchday experience, retail, the new stadium and international.  

I’ve also developed a network of international supporters' group leads across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with the aim of strengthening their connections with the Club and advocating on issues for overseas Blues.

Our fanbase makes Everton the special club we are. If we’re going to succeed, we need to ensure Evertonians have a voice and a say in the development of our Club. As a member of the new Fan Advisory Board, I’m looking forward to listening to, engaging with and working on behalf of all Evertonians.


Tony Whittaker

Name: Tony Whittaker 
Seat: Elected to ‘unreserved’ seat (fan vote)

About me: Born in 1958 in the Edge Hill area of Liverpool, I was educated in Liverpool, after which I joined Grant Thornton as a junior accountant. After more than a decade in auditing, I was poached to join a multinational company in the paper industry with a head office in Germany, where I advanced to finance director and company secretary of all UK operations. I married in 1981 and we have three children all now in their 30s and the blessing of grandchildren who keep us on our feet.

I am currently the owner of a company selling games worldwide to theme parks and family entertainment centres from our factory in Hungary, travelling extensively for installations and trade shows.

My passion is everything Everton, having held a season ticket since the early 1970s. I now have three generations of family and friends who meet up pre-game and we are all looking forward to a new chapter when we move to Bramley-Moore Dock.