New roles and communication strategy agreed for DHST Board

The new Board for the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust was appointed on 7 July at our Annual General Meeting.  We met for the first time on 21 July.

We recognised that regular communication from the Board to our members was an area that could be improved. One of our first decisions was to ensure the Trust makes a step change in this area in the coming months.  Hence, we have published a DHST communication strategy for 2014-16. For example, we will:

  • increase our use of social media to keep our members and other fans updated with the latest news;
  • publish the Minutes of our Board meetings on the DHST website within ten days of them occurring – the Minutes from 21 July are here; and
  • reach out to new fans by attending local fairs and festivals.

We are now in the process of updating the overall aims and objectives of DHST for 2014-16.  We hope to make these public during September.  The recent developments at the football club mean that it is certain a great deal of our time will be spent on ensuring the football club has a secure long-term home in East Dulwich.  We apprecaite all the contributions on the Trust’s survey on the potential ground redevelopment.  Our next step will be to analyse the results and use them to inform the Trust’s formal response to Hadley’s consultation.

We also agreed roles in our first meeting. This is by no means definitive, and as we all have other work and responsibilities, we will need to be fluid in how we handle Trust activities.

  • Eddie Muraszko will continue as Chair for the immediate future. Eddie has delegated several of his responsibilities to other members to enable him to focus on the principle role of a Chair, i.e. oversight of the strategy and major decisions. He will, however, continue to manage DHST’s 100 club and preparing our annual accounts.
  • Mark Panton has agreed to continue as Secretary, which includes managing our membership database. Mark will also continue in his role as our liaison with Supporters Direct.
  • Guy Grater will continue managing the club shop – although all Board members will take it in turns to run it on match-day. Guy will also be managing the popular DHST stand at local festivals and fairs to encourage more of the local community to Champion Hill.
  • Darren McCreery and James Masini will be use their professional expertise and lead on all issues relating to the proposed redevelopment of Champion Hill.
  • Duncan Hart and Jack Bagnall will focus on ramping up our communication activities externally and internally respectively. They will also work closely with the manager of the bar at Champion Hill.
  • Jack Spearman will seek to expand DHST presence on local internet forums, and expand our web presence. He will also work with others on the Board to develop links with national and regional campaigns that tackle racism, sexism and homophobia in football.
  • Robert Molloy-Vaughan will lead a sub-group of the Board to scope potential future ownership models of Dulwich Hamlet that could fully or partially involve fans. Robert will also support Guy on merchandise design and Andy on publicising games.
  • Andy Greig was co-opted onto the Board at our first meeting. He will be our link into the football club committee. Andy will also manage and seek to increase the Trust’s poster campaigns for advertising games.
  • Jonathan Hunt was also co-opted. He will continue in his role as the Board’s link with local community and political groups, and offer his professional media advice.

We intend to prioritise a large proportion of our time to investigating different fan or community football club ownership models in the coming year. We recognise that our current Board would benefit from additional commercial legal and financial skills. The Board still has two spaces available, and we are very keen to hear from anybody who has experience in these areas. If you are interested, then please do ask for any of us on match-day, or email us on info@dhst.org.uk. We are committed to equality and valuing diversity, and will work proactively to consider how the Board can better represent the diversity of our fans.