Leeann Dempster: ‘Hibs will continue to have fans at the centre of everything we do’ as fan board reps sought

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LEEANN Dempster insists Hibs are intent on having ‘fans at the centre of everything we do’ after the club began the search for two supporters to join the board.

The Easter Road outfit are seeking nominations for the board for a second time, with current ‘supporter representatives’ Frank Dougan and Amit Moudgil having now served their two-year term.

The pair are eligible to stand for re-election for the non-executive role, which is intended to provide the board with a supporters’ viewpoint to help ‘develop appropriate strategies’.

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Dempster identified the need to repair relations with the fans when she arrived at the club as chief executive in the immediate aftermath of relegation from the Premiership in 2014.

And, in the wake of last season’s historic Scottish Cup triumph, Dempster is keen to continue the ‘significant progress’ she feels has been made.

She said: “Having supporter representatives on the board has been very worthwhile for the club.

“Both Amit and Frank have contributed to the success of the club over the last two years and we have benefited from their experience and input.

“The club have put a lot of effort into re-engaging with supporters on a number of levels.

“To have 11,000 season ticket holders and over a third of shares in the club in the hands of supporters is significant progress, and we will continue to work hard to grow the club and have fans at the centre of everything we do.”

Supporters have until November 30 to nominate themselves or someone else.

Meanwhile, manager Neil Lennon hopes to beef up his squad in January to strengthen the push for promotion back to the Premiership.

The Championship leaders are striving to make it third time lucky in their bid to return to the top-flight and Lennon is seeking reinforcements.

He told the club’s AGM: “There’s always availability in January and we’d like to add one or two to the squad if we can.

“We have our eye on one or two positions we’d like to strengthen for the run-in.

“I’m happy enough with the squad but as a manager you’re never totally happy. You’re always looking for better and obviously January is a good opportunity to try and improve the squad.”

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