It is less than a week until the BIAS AGM – and I can feel the excitement everywhere I go…
OK that’s not quite true, but it should be, because being an a BIAS committee member is actually brilliant.
I’ve been an active member of BIAS for a couple of years now, as I was asked to be part of the Stadium Action Group (StAG) because of my background in construction. We all know what a great success the Lionel Road planning campaign was, and it was a wonderful feeling knowing the part we had played in bringing the new ground into reality.
Still, I was reluctant when Richard Merritt encouraged me to stand for committee last year. I figured it would just be a lot of talking, and minutes and motions and not much else. I’m happy to say I was wrong. Yes there are meetings (in the pub!), and all the normal committee stuff, but that’s such a small part of it. What we get to do is think, talk and most importantly represent our members on the issues that really affect Brentford fans.
We have quarterly meetings with the club, so get to give Mark Devlin, Kurt Pitman, Chris Wickham and others a really hard time – I mean, have really productive discussions with them. And we make progress, we have influenced the club’s Customer Charter, and we have successfully campaigned for reducing the length of time before a game that advance tickets can be purchased.
One of the most important and attractive things about BIAS is that we are independent, so while we try to keep a good relationship with the club, we can question freely what goes on. In these uncertain times this is a great opportunity to speak to the people involved in the decisions affecting our club.
BIAS is all about representing our members – and we don’t want to be a “closed shop” so we need new people to stand for committee. It’s not a massive commitment, a meeting a month before a game in the pub, and after that you can be as involved as you want, but I’m sure when you get involved you will want to do more. Take a look at our current manifesto and see what inspires you, or what you think might be missing. And if you don’t think becoming a committee member is for you, then just come along to the AGM or another meeting and voice your opinion, all meetings are open to all members, and we’d love to see you there.
If you would like to stand for BIAS committee, please let us know by sending an e-mail to Feedback@bias.org.uk by the end of this Wednesday 14 October, and we’ll get you on the list.
If you want to talk about it first, then feel free to drop me, Gemma Teale a line.
We have two open places up for grabs, and many of the current committee are also up for re-election, so why not give it a go?