23 May 2018
An overview of last night's Annual General Meeting
Building a new home in Horsham, including managing the numerous professional partners and multimillion pound budget; contracting with the Sussex FA to play home games at Culver Road and operating a ground-sharing agreement which meets league requirements; managing the financial and legal affairs of the club; ensuring good governance throughout the organisation and responsibility for all key appointments as it promotes the vision of HFC as a community football club; providing support to the Club Committee and the youth structure as an FA Charter Status club, including ensuring all safeguarding requirements are met for those working with youth teams.
Not an exhaustive list but enough to explain why those volunteers who serve on the HFC Board as company directors enjoy the light relief of watching the club’s various teams play! As Chairman Kevin Borrett explains, the heartbeat of our club are its volunteers. “Those watching the senior team play will quickly identify members of the club committee and other matchday volunteers and our club is immensely grateful for all they do”.
“The board,” he adds, “has never been busier, notwithstanding much of its work is behind the scenes, A recent April Saturday morning board meeting before a home match in Lancing meant a busier day for its members. Email has helped reduce the number of face-to-face meetings but a dozen emails a day is now quite common alongside regular phone conversations”.
Someone who is very familiar with this is David Hillier, the club’s longest serving director. On 29th April, David celebrated 25 years as a board member. “David likes to avoid the limelight but his contribution continues to be invaluable”, says Kevin, “as he has the historic knowledge and experience which strengthens the quality of decisions taken, as well as stopping the club repeating past mistakes. I’m delighted that this long service is being recognised at the forthcoming Club AGM with David receiving Life Membership.”
“Looking ahead”, Kevin continues, “we are already thinking about the right legal structure for HFC once we have our new home and the recent addition of Paul Osborn to the Board reflects the changes needed to put the club on the right commercial footing if it is to be a successful community football club. These things do take time to get right, which itself goes very quickly”.
The Annual General Meeting of Horsham Football Club will take place at The Holbrook Club on Tuesday 22nd May. Doors will be open from 7pm, with the meeting set to start at 7.30pm.
pictured (left to right): Jeff Barrett, Mark Butler, John Lines, David Hillier, Paul Osborn, Kevin Borrett