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Well for the first time in 17 years members have a choice this year to choice between five people running for four places.

I received voting papers this afternoon. The new guy is a Mr.Peter Lawrence. The others are existing members.

Lawrence says he is running as an independent, might vote for him new eyes and thoughts might improve matters. Anyone know anything about him? 

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I read that email and my immediate thought was Vote 1 - Peter Lawrence I don't like being told who the incumbents have chosen to represent me in an open election process I think it was a poo

I know Peter. Very strong and keen supporter of our club (men’s and women’s teams), travels for nearly all interstate games; would bring a strong skill set to the board as indicated in his profile. Ve

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How do you apply for a position as a director?Why doesn’t the club invite applicants from us - the members?

And why doesn’t the club send out the agenda and minutes of each board meeting?

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9 minutes ago, Dingo said:

How do you apply for a position as a director?Why doesn’t the club invite applicants from us - the members?

And why doesn’t the club send out the agenda and minutes of each board meeting?

Fairley easy answer. They want it all in house.

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I know Peter. Very strong and keen supporter of our club (men’s and women’s teams), travels for nearly all interstate games; would bring a strong skill set to the board as indicated in his profile. Very personable as well. No doubt the others have similar good points too, but Peter would be a good addition to the board at an important time for us.

As an aside, I note that Brad Green’s profile is written in the third person, which I found a little odd. 

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4 hours ago, old dee said:

Thanks George now who do I leave off.

What are Green's credentials to be a director of a multimillion dollar organisation, other than played a lot of games and tried out for Manchester Unity once?

Great club man, but is he director material?

 

Edit: I'm not saying he isn't,  just that I don't really know and the CV doesn't look as good as others, so would love to hear arguments in support/against.

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10 hours ago, deanox said:

Great club man, but is he director material?

Football Director is a bit different to the other board roles though. I wouldn't think Brad would be as heavily involved in other aspects discussed by the board, just as the others would not be with football related ones.

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30 minutes ago, Clintosaurus said:

Football Director is a bit different to the other board roles though. I wouldn't think Brad would be as heavily involved in other aspects discussed by the board, just as the others would not be with football related ones.

As I understand it, a lot of clubs have a recently ex player on their Board as the football Director. They are the one Director who directly communicate with the Coach and football department on football matters. Andrew Leoncelli did this role at MFC in the past. Chris Judd is an example at CFC. I believe it helps the FD's to only have to deal with one specified Director rather than all of them contacting them all the time. As recent past players they bring vital football knowledge. Not everything on Board's is about commercial etc. 

  

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11 hours ago, deanox said:

What are Green's credentials to be a director of a multimillion dollar organisation, other than played a lot of games and tried out for Manchester Unity once?

Great club man, but is he director material?

 

Edit: I'm not saying he isn't,  just that I don't really know and the CV doesn't look as good as others, so would love to hear arguments in support/against.

I dropped D.R.

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So after getting my voting papers yesterday today I receive an email from the President telling me about the election and a report on last year. Seems Aust post beat them to the punch, should have been the other way round I  would have thought but no big deal I guess. I will put it down to reduced staff levels. 

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The follow is an excerpt from an email to the members from the board Chair (Glen Bartlett) today:

 

 

Board Composition and Role
Since my appointment as Chair in August 2013, the Board has worked with great collegiality and professionalism, with proper governance and good decision-making processes. We established a number of measures, together with a Board Charter, and values the Board would operate by, including Trust, Respect, Unity and Excellence. Consistent with contemporary governance measures by boards we have reviewed and benchmarked against best practice, our Board and our Sub-Committees – the Investment Sub-Committee; Audit Risk and Integrity Sub-Committee; Facilities Sub-Committee; and the Nominations and Remuneration Sub-Committee.

The Nominations and Remuneration Sub-Committee has functioned extremely well and done an enormous amount of work under the current Chairmanship of Vice-Chair Mohan Jesudason (and previously under former Vice-Chair Geoff Freeman). One of the key roles of the Nominations and Remuneration Sub-Committee is the process of assessing suitable candidates for Board succession. This extensive and comprehensive process includes:

  • a) Considering applications from individuals who have expressed an interest in joining the Board at some time in the future;
  • b) Interviewing and conducting due diligence on potential candidates; and
  • c) Making recommendations to the Board regarding the alignment of candidates’ skills/experience that would assist us in achieving our strategic priorities.

This process is governed by the Board and specific Nominations and Remuneration Sub-Committee Charters which set the policies, standards and processes to ensure the actions above are conducted professionally, consistently and take into consideration diversity, club values and board dynamics.

As members would appreciate, many people see the Board of a football club as something to which they would like to belong. The Board has carefully considered the appropriate size of the Board to best achieve our strategic priorities. We resolved that eight board members is the optimum size, provided that all board members roll up their sleeves and work hard for the Club, which I am pleased to say they do.

Where an individual is interested in joining the Board and has skills and experience of interest, but there is not a vacancy, the Board considers those individuals for Sub-Committee or working group involvement so that the individual can contribute, build a working relationship with the Board and vice-versa, with the possibility of a board position in the future should a relevant vacancy arise. I encourage all members to consider whether they have any special skills they can bring to our great Club as a future board member and commend this progressive path to you.

 

Current MFC Board composition

Following the retirement of two board members this year, the Board reviewed the skills and expertise required to support the Club to deliver its strategic priorities over the next 3-4 year period. The key areas of commercial property/leasing and football were identified as areas to be augmented to strengthen our Board. This was so particularly having regard to our strategic plan and football-related goals and the critical importance of delivering our home base project.

We ran a competitive and robust interview process and the Nominations and Remuneration Sub-Committee, along with myself, interviewed a number of high quality candidates, having regard for skills and experience required, diversity, club values and board dynamics. In November 2020, after interviews with all board members and careful deliberation, the Board was delighted to announce the appointment of former club captain Brad Green and real estate/property lawyer David Rennick to fill those two vacancies as casual appointments to the Board pursuant to the Club’s Constitution. These appointments are both central to the immediate priorities of the Board and reflect the future direction and strategic plans of the Club.

As is the case with every appointment to a casual vacancy, each of these directors are required to offer themselves for election by the members ahead of the next Annual General Meeting and are required to be nominated by two members.

Mohan Jesudason and Steve Morris are current board directors and have made significant contributions in their time on the Board. Mohan Jesudason is an experienced director with significant commercial experience including in the telecommunications industry. He was also formerly a director of Racing Victoria and an executive with TAB Corp. Mohan, in addition to his role on the Nominations and Remuneration Sub-Committee and his general board duties, continues to play a significant role in our strategy to exit gaming. He also increases board diversity which is important.

Steve Morris is also an experienced director and company Chairman – specialising in capital raising. He has been a club director since 2015. Steve has assisted the football department by raising $250,000 through the supporters group “The Lunch Club”. Steve currently serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Sub-Committee and our Investment Committee, which both have critical roles going forward.

 

Endorsement of Candidates

You will have received a separate communication providing the details of the MFC Annual General Meeting on 15 February 2021 and concerning a contested board election. Our current Board is united and functions well. We have taken steps to avoid a costly contested election but every member has the right to be nominated for a board position with the support of not less than two members and we are respectful of that right.

As part of this election process, the Board is formally endorsing each of the following four candidates:

  • Brad Green;
  • David Rennick;
  • Mohan Jesudason; and
  • Steve Morris.

The Board is of the view that these four candidates, along with myself as Chairman, Vice-Chair Kate Roffey, David Robb, and John Trotter, will provide the best mix of the necessary skills and diversity of experience for the future. The endorsed Board, if elected, will continue as a committed and strong team focused on the best interests of the Club and all its members and stakeholders, as we hopefully emerge from the global pandemic and deliver on our Strategic Plan (please see the Club website for the complete list of board skills/experience and for the detail contained in the Strategic Plan).

Importantly, each of these board endorsed candidates bring broad experience in, and a network of relationships across local, interstate, and international jurisdictions. More information about their backgrounds has been and will continue to be available on our website for all current directors.

We cannot accommodate everyone who would like to be on the Board. The Board will not increase its size to a size which is not effective and not in the best interests of the Club. I am sure you will all agree that we must do what is in the best interests of the MFC.

Peter Lawrence has nominated to become a director of the Club. Mr Lawrence is a keen, committed and valued club supporter but, in line with the comments above, the Board does not support his election and recommends that members vote for the four board endorsed candidates.

Mr Lawrence’s nomination has been reviewed by the Remuneration and Nominations Sub-Committee in accordance with the Club's Constitution. The Chairman and Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Sub-Committee have met with and corresponded with Mr Lawrence on a number of occasions. Mr Lawrence is also known to other directors.

The Board endorsement of Brad Green, David Rennick, Mohan Jesudason and Steve Morris has been approved by unanimous vote of all members of the Board not standing for election or re-election.

Under my leadership since 2013, the Board has been unified and collaborative and our achievements reflect that. We encourage members to vote only for the board endorsed candidates to enable this team to complete the tasks before them, which include the objectives regarding on field success.

 

Board Strategy Moving Forward

While undertaking the important work around strategy, in 2021 the current Board is committed to reviewing a number of aspects of our governance and engagement approach. While our constitution has served us well for many years, we need to make sure it is fit for purpose for the future. We will also undertake some important work around diversity. We are committed to building an even stronger board going forward, that is fully representative of all areas of our great Club.


Finally, we would like to reassure you that your Board is committed to ensuring the MFC emerges from 2020 as a strong, sustainable, and dynamic club, for the benefit of our members today as well as the benefit of our members, the Club, and the industry at large, well into the future.


We look forward to having an opportunity to speak to you further at our AGM on 15 February 2021 and to answering the questions you may have at that time. If you would like to send through questions in advance of the AGM, please email them to [email protected]


Finally, we ask that you vote as follows in the coming election and return your voting slip by no later than 1 February 2021, approving only four out of the five candidates for the four positions:

Peter Lawrence

Brad Green*  

Mohan Jesudason*  

David Rennick* 

Steve Morris*  

 

* Board endorsed candidate.

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14 hours ago, deanox said:

What are Green's credentials to be a director of a multimillion dollar organisation, other than played a lot of games and tried out for Manchester Unity once?

Great club man, but is he director material?

 

Edit: I'm not saying he isn't,  just that I don't really know and the CV doesn't look as good as others, so would love to hear arguments in support/against.

Nothing.

Extremely poor by the club that he is in a position to be considered. 

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22 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

Nothing.

Extremely poor by the club that he is in a position to be considered. 

Unless his inclusion is as a representative of a faction of disgruntled ex players agitating for change? In which case his inclusion is about securing off field stability.

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29 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

Nothing.

Extremely poor by the club that he is in a position to be considered. 

Explain to me why it's "nothing" and why it's "extremely poor".

I've met Brad, had dinner with him and spoken to him at length about footy and the role of a director.  He's an exceptional candidate given his qualifications.  By the way "Dazzle", what is the role of a director?  I"m genuine, what is it, I want to see if you know.

IMO he's an absolute must on our Board and the first name I'll tick.

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