The Club can confirm the set-up of a representative supporters group, in order to fulfil Nigel Travis’ pledge at the time of the Club takeover to incorporate LOFC fan representation.
We feel it is in the best interests of the Club to receive a variety of voices when collating feedback on Club issues.
Each representative group meeting will be made up of nine supporters, the Supporters’ Liaison Officer [SLO], two board members plus CEO Danny Macklin and Director of Football Martin Ling. The nine supporters will comprise of four permanent members (two representatives from the Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club [LOSC] and two representatives from the Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust [LOFT]) as well as five places open to supporters via a ballot.
The Club board have agreed to attend a minimum of two meetings per season, as well as regular contact with the SLO. The date for each meeting will be arranged by the Club in conjunction with the SLO, with the Club providing advance notice as well as seeking volunteers for the five available supporter positions.
Danny Macklin, Chief Executive of Leyton Orient, told leytonorient.com, “We’ve been working closely with the Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club and Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust over the past few months. We want to make sure we are hearing voices from across the different fan groups and from supporters individually.
“We believe by collating those opinions into a working forum that will meet twice a year so we can hear opinions, feedback on areas we feel we can improve and where we feel we have improved and set targets for the coming weeks and months. We are looking forward to receiving that dialogue and sharing it with the wider fanbase. ”
David Dodd, Chairman of the Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club, said: “Whilst the Supporters Club has long enjoyed ongoing liaison with the Club board and management, we welcome the introduction of the new fans’ group forum which will give opportunity for representatives from the wider fan base to engage in periodic discussion with the Board, alongside officers of the Fans’ Trust, LOSC and the Supporters’ Liaison Officer.
“We feel sure that the forum will prove to be another step forward in building upon the already much improved relationship and understanding between fans and the Board at Leyton Orient.”
Jonathan Kaye, secretary of the Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust, said: “One of the aims of supporters’ trusts like LOFT is to achieve supporter influence at board level, so I’m delighted that between ourselves, our friends at the Supporters Club and the club board we’ve found a way to honour Nigel’s pledge of fan representation with the board.
“The club ownership has already set a very high bar in its engagement with supporters, and we believe that structured dialogue with a representative group can take that to the next level. We look forward to playing our part in helping make that happen.”
The first meeting will be held on Monday, September 16 at 7pm at the Breyer Group Stadium. Any supporter interested in the five open spaces should apply to Supporters’ Liaison Officer Keren Harrison at [email protected] Closing date for the first meeting is 5pm on Friday, August 30.