Not only has the term of office of Ben Hayes come to an end, but so has the role of supporters' director. The club explains in the E-mail Bulletin:
'The increasing demands of corporate law have led to a heavy burden on the elected fan, with a number of legal responsibilities and potential risks. The board has discussed how best to continue the role, because we see it as important and something that makes Charlton special. We feel we have come up with an improvement that not only continues the direct link between the club's directors and supporters, but also allows us to tap into a wider pool of opinion.'
This will take the form of a supporters' forum, although how its members are to be selected is not yet clear. Certainly not by election, but the supporters' club might play a role, although there are those who are sceptical of its representativeness.
I think that increasing legal constraints mean that the concept of a supporters' director has had its day. It was always a difficult role, sandwiched between the fans and the board, so that the holder had to explain board policy to the fans whilst transmitting fans' concerns to the board. S/he could deal with catering issues, but not with on pitch performance which is what concerns supporters most.
Anyway, thanks to Ben and his predecessors for their dedication and hard work.