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Robins welcome new interim Fan Elected Director

14 May 2018

Cheltenham Town FC has today welcomed the appointment of Dave Beesley as interim Fan Elected Director (FED).

The club is pleased to be able to confirm that Dave Beesley will take up his post immediately, following constructive discussions between members of our Board and the Robins Trust.

Vice-chairman David Bloxham and Director Clive Gowing attended a meeting of the Robins Trust last week so that a consensus could be reached about the next steps for the FED.

The appointment of Dave Beesley an interim FED was made by the Robins Trust board and not the full membership, in accordance with Trust rules, on a short-term, interim basis.

Following a meeting of the club’s Board on Friday, Dave Beesley’s appointment was approved and he will be welcomed to the next scheduled Cheltenham Town board meeting.

Director and Club Secretary Paul Godfrey said: "The Board of Cheltenham Town AFC Ltd has held some constructive discussions with the Robins Trust over the past few days.

"EFL regulations require the office of director at a Football League club to be held by an individual and not an organisation so it became necessary for the Trust to nominate a new Fan Elected Director and this has been conducted in accordance with the Trust's own regulations.

"On behalf of the Board I'd like to welcome Dave Beesley as the interim Fan Elected Director. He will have a hard act to follow after the excellent work done by Clive Gowing and Murry Toms but we very much look forward to working with him."

Because Dave Beesley will not have undergone the full Fit and Proper Director Test as stipulated by the EFL, there will be decisions from which he will be unable to take part.

However, the club has given the Robins Trust assurances that he will be able to take a full role in the discussions in regards to appointing a new chairman.

Trust chairman Dave Jennings said: “We had a full, frank and constructive meeting with both David Bloxham and Clive Gowing where both sides were able to speak freely about what comes next.

“We are pleased that they respected the Trust’s position that the FED role belongs to the Trust and not any individual and are delighted that they will be welcoming Dave Beesley on to the board.

“The Trust will now take steps to initiate a formal election process to appoint a permanent FED early in the new season.”


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