Board Meeting Summary – January 2024

Date: 17/01/2024

Venue: Upperby CDC and Online

Attendance: Dan MacLennan (Chair), Claire Winder (Vice-Chair), Alastair Woodcock (Secretary), Chris Armstrong, Billy Atkinson, Kieron Bulman, Dave Noble, Ross Parkinson, Martin Robson, Matt Spooner

Apologies: Mike Denovellis

Dave and Matt briefed the meeting on 1921 board matters. Fan behaviour was once again a major issue, due to recent incidents. Stewarding/policing was stepped up at the Oxford home game but there was a report of racial abuse of an assistant referee which had led to action being taken by the club and police. CUOSC was seeking to develop its own messaging on this topic.

The club was improving the internals of its club houses on Warwick Road, which house players.

The new owners were keen to fill the boardroom on match days. Sponsors and potential sponsors will be invited and CUOSC had agreed to give places in the boardroom and directors box on match days as prizes in a regular free draw for members. The first draw would be made this week for the Bolton game.

The re-branding/re-structuring of CUOSC was discussed again. There was a general agreement amongst the board not to change the name from CUOSC, but members would be consulted on this in the near future, along with other questions about the direction of travel for the organisation. The current logo would be looked at with a view to refreshing it. New membership tiers were being worked on by Dave, with a view to introducting them at the start of the next financial/membership year in August.

Board training was being planned for the near future, given the influx of new members. New board members were also being given the final copy of the new shareholders’ agreement to familiarise themselves with it.

On socials, we had moved to Twitter Blue to improve our comms options on that platform. 50 new members had joined from the USA following an initiative by the Piatak family. Matt had been in touch with them to ask how we could help them, as most are new United fans.

We had £7,906 in the bank with 1,286 members.

The FSA would be looking into our existing policies to suggest any updates that might be needed. Member meetings for the coming year were discussed to see what format would be best and who might attend as guests of CUOSC.

Next meeting – TBC, in the week of February 12-18

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