CAMPAIGN TO HAVE ELECTED MEMBERS ON THE BOARD AT LANCASHIRE COUNTY CRICKET CLUB
The Lancashire Action Group (LAG) was formed in 2014 to represent Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) members and supporters who were dismayed at the way the club was being run both on and off the pitch. Membership of the club has declined by around an incredible 8,000 primarily because of a reduction in the Club's members' facilities. Since its formation, the LAG has successfully surveyed members and lobbied the club to improve its services in a number of areas.
In 2013, LCCC changed the rules to create a Nominations Committee controlled by the existing board which vets any member who wishes to stand for the board. Since then, the membership has never had the opportunity to elect representatives to the board as the number of candidates put forward by the Nominations Committee has always equalled the vacancies available.
The LAG is launching its campaign to restore the right of club members to elect two from their membership to the club’s board of directors at all times.
With the return of cricket fans allowed to go to matches, LAG members will be collecting signatures from Lancashire cricket supporters in support of the right to elect members through 5000 leaflets being given out at games and through appeals on its social media pages.
At the club’s AGM on 28 May, the following questions are being asked of the club’s governance and relationship with members.
1. Does the club agree in principle with Lancashire vice-president Michael Atherton when he writes:
“I believe supporters should have a presence on the ECB board and on their county clubs. There are obvious practical problems on how such a person should be elected and how easy it would be to represent a group that often has disparate aims and views, but a voice is better than no voice at all”?
If so, will the club take positive steps to encourage members to put themselves forward so that at the next AGM there are candidates for the members to choose from in elections?
2. Will the club commit to reform the Member Representation Group (MRG) so that it is entirely elected by the membership instead being chosen privately by club officials and commit to total transparency in the minutes of its meetings with the club? That would make a significant difference to those members who feel the group has failed to resolve the real issues of concern for members.
3. Does the club have evidence that the Member Representation Group is well known amongst the membership and how does the club assess its effectiveness in the absence of any validation from the membership by electing the people who sit on it?
Lancashire supporters will be kept informed of the progress of the campaign through “Not the Spin”, the leading county cricket fanzine produced by the Lancashire Action Group.
Contact or quote
Ian Lomax (LAG Co-Founder) email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07974 936046.
“Members need to be elected to positions of authority to truly represent the membership. We call for the club to restore the right of members to elect two representatives to the club’s board and to encourage Lancashire cricket fans to make a contribution by putting themselves forward. We want to pull together to help the club recover from the impact of the pandemic.”