AGM, elections and motions

Voting for the FSF's National Council (NC) will take place at the FSF AGM on Sunday 19th July (Mercure Hotel, Manchester Piccadilly, 11am). This is the day after the Supporters Summit, which we hold jointly with Supporters Direct. 

  • AGM Registration: Send your name, club and any supporter organisation you are representing to: events@fsf.org.uk

FSF AGM packs and voting/motion info:

FSF AGM Agenda:

  • 11am: Chair’s welcome & introduction
  • 11.10am: Adoption of Minutes for FSF Annual General Meeting 2014 and matters arising
  • 11.20am FSF AGM elections
                    • Chair’s explanation of format of elections
                    • Appointment of FSF President
                    • Election of FSF Chair (unopposed)
                    • NC election of directly elected representatives –introduction of nominees
                    • Ballot boxes open - election of directly elected NC reps
  • 11.30am: Adoption of accounts & financial report
  • 11:40am: The remainder of the meeting will be spent discussing the FSF Annual Review and motions submitted
  • 12.00pm: Ballot boxes close for election of National Council
  • 12:45pm: Announcement of National Council election results
  • 12:50pm: Any other business
  • 1pm Close
  • Post-AGM: National Council meeting for new NC members (usually lasts around 1hr)

Voting information for individuals, proxies, affiliates, and associates

Only members of the FSF who have joined by Tuesday 30th June 2015 can vote at the FSF’s AGM - you can join the FSF here. Votes are cast by individual FSF members (one vote per individual), as well as associate (one vote) and affiliate member groups (five votes to be used as a block). 

Any individual member unable to attend the FSF’s AGM is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf. Anyone appointed as a proxy must themselves be an individual member entitled to vote, and can hold the proxy vote for no more than two individual members unable to attend, in addition to their own individual vote.

The form used to appoint a proxy can be obtained from the FSF secretary Jon Keen (secretary@fsf.org.uk) and a signed copy must be returned at least one week before the FSF AGM. This can be done via smartphone (readable pictures emailed to the secretary are fine) or post a hard copy to: FAO Jon Keen, 1 Ashmore Terrace, Stockton Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR2 7DE.

If the FSF representative of a member group (affiliate or associate) cannot attend the FSF AGM they should notify secretary@fsf.org.uk in advance with the name of any substitute official they wish to send. Substitutes who turn up unannounced on the day may not be allowed to vote.

As is the case with all our motions and election procedures, if you have any queries, please email FSF Secretary/constitutional guru Jon Keen who is happy to help: secretary@fsf.org.uk.

What is a motion and how do I submit one?

Fans care about a huge range of issues and members can set FSF policy via motions at our AGM. Any FSF appearances in the media, or stories on the news section of our website, try to fairly reflect these democratically-set, core beliefs.

So if you’ve ever thought, “Why doesn’t the FSF campaign for X, Y, and Z?” or have been infuriated by something we’ve said, the answer is simple – propose your “motion”, come along to our annual conference, and argue its merits. Your idea will either succeed, and be taken on as official FSF policy, or fail, and be voted against by your fellow fans.

The deadline for receipt of motions is two weeks before the AGM. The reason that we ask for motions in advance is to avoid identical motions, to circulate information to members in a timely fashion, and to avoid spurious nonsense taking up time on the day. You might think it’s a disgrace that Wagon Wheels aren't served at your stadium but this probably isn't what your fellow fans deem a priority.

You must be a member to submit a motion but fear not, it’s free to join the FSF here. To be accepted for debate, motions must have both a proposer and seconder, and both will be invited to speak on the matter.

Any motion should express, in the simplest form possible, what it is seeking to achieve, and set out the current situation in relation to that issue – you can expand on specific points in your short speech. You should also think about what practical measures the FSF could take to implement your idea. The most utopian and well-meaning ideal might be rejected if it’s deemed to be pie-in-the-sky by your fellow members.

The deadline for the receipt of motions was Sunday 5th July (emergency motions can be submitted later but justification for late inclusion must be approved by the Agenda Committee).

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