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Supporters Council Elections - NOW OPEN

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14:00 4th June 2014

Six General Seat vacancies up for grabs

NOMINATIONS have been received for positions on the Club's Supporters Council.

Seven Potters fans have put themselves forward for the Six General Seat vacancies with a two-week voting period beginning on Wednesday 28th May 2014.

Supporters can vote for the six candidates (from a choice of seven below) that wish to join the Supporters Council by clicking HERE.

Voting will close at midday on Wednesday 11th June 2014

Once the General Seats have been decided, the process of seeking applications for these five specialist seats will commence:

- Corporate member
- Season Card holder in the family area
- Season Card holder in the Boothen End
- Season Card holder in the Novus Stand
- Season Card holder in the Marston's Pedigree Stand

To view the personal statements from the seven candidates applying for the General Seat vacancies, please see below:

RICHARD BESTWICK

My name is Richard Bestwick and I have been on the Stoke City Supporters Council for the past 2 years. I thoroughly enjoy my time as a Committee member and therefore would like to stand again for re-election to the SCSC. I have been a Stoke City for supporter all my life and have been a Season Ticket holder for a total of 12 years. This next season is a very special one for me as I have purchased my son his first Season Ticket. I hope he enjoys the ups and not so many downs as I have witnessed in my time as a Stoke City fan. As a parent and committee member I believe it is important to ensure that families enjoy the matchday experience and I will continue to do this if I am successful in being re-elected. While I have been elected I have always made myself available to chat to other supports especially on match days, listening to their views and do my best to answer questions on various issues and to make them aware of the Council's role. During my two years on the Council I have participated in many projects the club has asked the Council to get involved with. These have included the 150 year anniversary, ticketing issues and customer service.  If re-elected I hope to continue to make a significant contribution in helping to shape the way the Club moves forward on the Supporters Council.

2 PETER ELKIN

I am a Season Ticket holder, which I have been for some years and my seat is in the West Stand, Block 15, row 8. I am 74 years old, and been a Stoke supporter for many years, starting from the McGrory days, through the Waddington era, the return of Sir Stan and of course the Pulis Years.
I am interested in applying for a seat on your Council because there are several issues that concern me and the Sir Stanley Matthews statues is a case in point. It is sad, that this trio of statues should be sited on the outer perimeter of the North Car Park. Visiting supporters rarely cast more than a cursory glance that way and it is wrong that our famous son, possibly the finest footballer the world has ever seen, should be isolated in that place. I have a several ideas which may help:
I use the South Car Park and I am amongst many thousands of frustrated drivers who have to queue to get out after each home game. Things could be improved, again I have constructive ideas. I would like to see the yearly meet the manager session resurrected. It was a good chance to put questions direct to Mr Pulis and for whatever reason, this was discontinued.

3 WAYNE HARRISON

Now in my early 50s and a lifelong Stoke fan and seen and felt all the lows and highs I feel I can give something back to not only the Club but to our great fans.
Having served for the last two years as Supporter Council Rep I would like to stand again for another term. I believe my views and opinions are balanced and take into account how the majority of our fan base would like to see the Club improve our experience as fans. I feel I have made a number of contributions of very topical subjects and the most recent been away ticket priority and making sure season ticket holders were in the top band.
We need good people on the council to be a voice for all our supporters concerns and issues along with improving the feedback we all feel is missing and improve the experience and enjoyment of following our beloved Club.

4 JULIA MILTON

Since becoming an active member of the Council, in the last two years I have represented my post at every Stoke City Supporters Council internal meeting and currently lead the sub group for Customer Experience. The customer, and the supporter experience I take very seriously, as my background full-time work practice and ethic has nurtured high levels of customer expectation.  To help to keep the lines of communication open for supporters to contact the Council, a Facebook page has also been created and is monitored and maintained by myself. Since acquiring my General Seat two years ago, I have thoroughly enjoyed and participated in activities which have helped to raise funds to inject back into our local community, and in addition have given my free time to help the local Stoke Foodbank, in receiving generous donations from the public, to give to people who are less fortunate than ourselves. The Supporters Council in my opinion is not just about meetings and discussions. It is a valuable instrument to pro-actively put something back into my own community. Not only is the Supporters Council a fantastic opportunity to help to give supporters a voice, but to also make a difference in our local area. Should I be favoured with a second term within the council, my commitment to my General Seat would continue to be taken very seriously.

5 ANGELA SMITH

I wish to be considered for re-election to the Council. I am a lifelong supporter of the Club and feel that I can continue to add value via the link between the Club and the fans. Over the last twelve months the profile of the Council has increased and that bodes well for the future. However, whilst we have been involved in some positive developments for the supporters with the Club, there are areas where improvements can and need to be made. I would like to use the experience gained over the last twelve months to try to ensure that this happens. I care about us, the Stoke fans and I do not have a personal profile agenda. I attend matches home and away and feel that I am fair, articulate and strong minded enough to represent supporter's views. I have enjoyed the challenge thus far and will be delighted should it continue.

6 JOE HAYNES

I'm looking to apply for a general seat on the Supporters Council. I am a huge Stoke fan, with a Season Ticket and only missing one away game in three seasons, that being West Brom away this season when tickets sold out extremely quickly. It would be fantastic to get more of a say in our Club and voice the opinions of the fans and put them across to other people, and also to raise debate to help the Council come to the best decisions for the Football Club. The Club is in fantastic shape at the moment, progressing well on and off the pitch, and it would be a privilege to contribute to that and help the Club continue their success. I'm a very talkative person who is more than happy to put my opinion across but also take other peoples on board. I also think it would be very enjoyable to get to know other people around the Club and their roles to give me a better understanding of how the things work that we don't get to see in the everyday running of the Club. If I was given the opportunity it's one I'd take very seriously but also enjoy.

7 DAVID RICHARDS
 
I'm standing for the Supporters Council, because whilst Stoke City is a Premier League team on the pitch, off the pitch there is definitely room to improve the supporter experience. I think the best way to do this, is with a vocal and active Supporters Council, putting the thoughts of the majority of Stoke fans first, and presenting them to the Club. I'm active on social media and will listen to the views of those I represent, either in person at the game, or via various contact methods, and report back to them how things are going. I won't just be a silent head nodding at everything I'm told to. I'd like to see far better lines of communication between the Club and the fans, so that genuine grievances are resolved quickly, and openly, and a permanent record of them made, so people can see the action taken. I'd like to see the supporter base expanded, and will try to ensure the Club are aware of all ideas proposed on that front by supporters to me. My first Stoke game was in 1988 aged 12, and I have had a Season Ticket at both the Victoria Ground, and the Britannia Stadium, now in my seventh season in the same seat in Block 24.

Vote for the six candidates that wish to join the Supporters Council by clicking HERE.

Voting closes at midday on Wednesday 11th June 2014.

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