OASF’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year is taking place on Thursday 27 July at 7pm. You can join it on YouTube via the Boundary Park Alert System! channel or on the OASF Facebook page.
The AGM will include with an update from the OASF Board, answers to members’ questions, and presentation of the financial accounts (which are attached below to be read in advance).
The AGM will also feature voting:
To elect the new OASF board.
To amend our Rules to correctly reflect our financial year (requires a majority of at least 75%) .
To disapply audit requirements for next year’s accounts (requires a majority of at least 75%).
OASF members who signed up by 27 June will receive an email inviting them to vote. The voting period will close at 23:59 on Thursday 27 July. If you need any support submitting your vote, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Election Management Group have confirmed the members nominated to stand as candidates for this year’s election:
Each candidate’s statement is attached at the bottom of the page.
Because there are fewer candidates (8) than the number of places available (10), a confirmation vote will be held in line with our Election Policy. OASF members will be asked to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ for each candidate. Every candidate that receives more ‘Yes’ votes than ‘No’ votes will be elected to the OASF board, unless that number would be less than the minimum required (6) to form a board.
The candidates which receive the greatest proportion of ‘Yes’ votes compared to ‘No’ votes will be given the longest terms. Terms will be balanced across three years and will be confirmed after the AGM.
OASF members will also be asked to vote to approve a change to our Rules. The copy of our Rules on the Financial Conduct Authority website incorrectly lists our financial year-end as 30 June rather than 31 January which is listed elsewhere on our documentation and on the FCA mutuals register.
Whilst this does not have any bearing on when our financial year-end is (the FCA confirmed it remains 31 January), we recognise that this error could lead to some confusion, so are proposing to change line 85 in our Rules from:
“The Society Board will in respect of each year of account ending on June 30th:”
“The Society Board will in respect of each year of account ending on January 31st:”
Although this is a minor change to the Rules, it is considered an extraordinary resolution. That means we need a 75% majority in the vote to make this change.
Disapplying Financial Audit
Members will also be asked to vote to disapply the requirement for OASF to get its accounts professionally audited before the next AGM. If members vote yes, OASF will still be required to get its accounts independently examined (such as by a qualified accountant) but this would be cheaper than a full audit.
This is standard practice as recommended by the Football Supporters Association but still requires a 75% majority to pass.