Pilgrims Fans' Trust vow to make PASB a success
THE ARGYLE Fans' Trust have promised to do all they can to ensure the success of a new body which will oversee the running of the Pilgrims by the club's directors.
The Trust are determined, however, that 'more rigorous and appropriate means' are used to select members of the Plymouth Argyle Supporters Board.
The results of the first election to the PASB were announced earlier this month, filling six of the 12 spots.
The Trust was highly critical of the process, claiming there had been a series of problems and mistakes, including sending ballot forms to junior club members as young as two-years-old.
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Argyle's directors responded by stating they were 'entirely comfortable' with the way the election was carried out.
Two of the other 12 seats on the PASB have been taken up by Mark Edwards and Lee Jameson, as representatives of supporter groups.
The Trust can nominate three people and the final spot will be decided upon by the Plymouth and Cornwall supporters' club branches.
In a statement, the Trust said: "We were disappointed with the scale of the problems that arose in the PASB election process and the way they were handled.
"(But) the Trust, as the largest independent Argyle supporter group, wishes to help ensure the PASB has every chance to be successful and to become an effective governance group, focused on making Argyle a better club for all concerned.
"The PASB is now able to take control of its own destiny," the statement continued.
"We thus intend to help ensure we shape the PASB into a body that is open to all supporters, that has a more rigorous and appropriate means to select its members, and that terms of reference agreed with the club will allow it to pose meaningful challenges to the club board when necessary.
"A number of Trust members have been elected to the PASB, in addition to which the Trust has three supporter group places."
The Trust will consult their members at the upcoming annual general meeting on November 24 on how to fill those seats on the PASB.
"We plan to issue a call for interested parties in advance of the AGM," said the Trust in their statement.
"If a PASB meeting is held before that date, the Trust board has agreed that it will nominate its secretary Linda Fleming, along with board members Tim Chown and Richard Blight, as its supporter group representatives.
"Finally, having gained its own experience over the past two years, the Trust is offering the PASB the necessary administrative support to cover the routine tasks of organising meetings, forming agendas, taking minutes and ensuring relevant documentation is handled as required."
Meanwhile, there have been three successful nominations from candidates wishing to join the board of the Argyle Fans' trust.
The trio are Jon Sparkes, John Petrie and Andy Symons, who will be elected at the Trust's AGM.
They will all be available to answer questions from members at that time.
Under Trust rules, the board must consist of at least six, and not more than 12, members to operate fully.
There are two members continuing their service (Ed Shillabeer and Tim Chown) which means that with the three valid candidates the board will be one short of the minimum number.
Therefore, the board will also seek to co-opt at least one volunteer as soon as possible after the AGM.