Adelaide has finalised its inaugural Member Engagement Panel which will increase fan input into the Club’s operations.

Crows Chairman John Olsen announced the initiative at this year’s Annual Members Meeting, with the Club increasing its focus on Member and fan engagement.

Olsen said the panel would be Chaired by Member-elected Board Director Nick Takos and the group would hold regular meetings during which fan insights and feedback on behalf of the membership would be provided.

There was a high level of interest in the panel with nearly 200 applications received.

To be considered for the panel, Members had to nominate via an online process before a shortlist of candidates progressed to interviews with Club staff.  

Crows CEO Tim Silvers said the aim was to bring together people across a range of ages, locations, membership categories and cultural backgrounds.

The youngest participant is aged 20 while the eldest is 73 and the panel members are scattered across metropolitan Adelaide, as well as Port Lincoln, Woodside and Melbourne.

“We have a diverse group of people including a couple of foundation members right through to others who have only signed up in the last year or two,” Silvers said.

“Everyone in the Crows family wants to have successful teams and a deep connection to a strong and stable club.

“This panel will play a meaningful role in strengthening the bond and engagement levels between our most passionate supporters and the Board and senior management.

“Members are the backbone of our Club and as leaders, we want to ensure their voice is heard.”

Silvers thanked those Members who had nominated for the panel but unfortunately were not successful.

“This process highlighted the immense passion, loyalty and care that exists within our supporter base,” he said.

“Unfortunately, we only had 10 spots available and there is a large number of people who can consider themselves quite unlucky on this occasion.”

The panel will meet for the first time early next month.