2009 resolutions

Published on Sunday 1st February, 2009 by Celtic Trust

Resolutions to be presented at the 2009 Celtic PLC AGM

Resolution with (supporting statement) to be proposed at the 2009 Celtic PLC AGM This AGM calls on the PLC Board to ensure that (i) any future travel partner offers the best value to the travelling support and that (ii) the ticket allocation scheme for European away games is transparent, fair (ie based on previous history of travelling) and meets the needs of independent travellers as well as those supporters who chose to use the services of a Travel Partner The Celtic Trust, in cooperation with the Celtic Supporters Association, recently submitted detailed proposals to Celtic regarding the distribution of European away tickets and on the question of Celtic’s relationship with a travel partner. The basis of that submission was that ‘..fans should be put in a category based on their previous European away history (as far as records extend at Celtic Park) and these should be published on the Celtic web site, and recorded in the ticket office so that fans can ascertain their ranking in terms of their away record.’ In addition we stated that ‘We don’t have a problem with a good value service being offered and accept that some tickets need to accompany such a service, but we do not think that the allocation of tickets should be such that all fans are forced to travel with a particular private company, especially when the prices and service offered are not acceptable or suitable for all travelling fans.’ Given the considerable disquiet among fans regarding both these issues, we felt it important to give shareholders the opportunity to discuss this matter and to indicate their support for the general principles expressed in the resolution. We ask you to support this resolution and the written statement above circulated to shareholders in advance of the meeting. Resolution (with Supporting Statement) to be proposed at the AGM 2009 of Celtic Plc under the terms of the Companies Act ‘That the Board is requested to set in place a series of discussions with the various bodies which represent Celtic supporters on the advantages and disadvantages of direct representation on the Plc Board’ The Celtic Trust The Celtic Trust is a not-for-profit membership organisation, formally constituted as an Industrial & Provident Society, that has been formed as a vehicle to mobilise the voting power of the many thousands of small shareholders of Celtic Plc.Over the last eight years through a series of quarterly meetings with Celtic’s Chief Executive, the Trust has had a constructive dialogue with Celtic Plc on issues of concern. However a key objective of the Trust remains to give supporters a formal voice at Board level in the future development of Celtic Football Club. On three previous occasions the Trust has asked that the Board organise a mechanism whereby a representative of the fans could be democratically elected to serve on the Board of Celtic Plc. These proposals, although strongly supported by many attending the various AGMs, have always opposed by the Board and have always been defeated. The opponents of this idea have argued that having such a Board member would not enhance the Board and would be unworkable in a number of ways. The purpose of this resolution is to initiate a set of formal discussions which could explore in a more appropriate setting the idea of supporter representation on the Board and to deal with each of the objections in turn and to come to a considered and agreed view on this matter away from the constraints of a formal Plc AGM. The Celtic Trust believes that supporter representation on the Plc Board would enhance communication between supporters of Celtic FC and the Board of Celtic Plc and by doing so improve the way that Celtic is run. Furthermore, we believe this could harness the enormous wealth of knowledge and expertise present within the fan base. We ask you to support this resolution and the written statement above circulated to shareholders in advance of the meeting, in the interests of a stronger Celtic.

 
 

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