I have recently made my home in Lewes after several years living overseas and have been instantly drawn to The Dripping Pan. As a lapsed fan of a Premier League club, it feels fantastic (and quite novel!) to be in a football ground where fans feel valued and relevant! Whether it’s attending a night game with friends or taking my young daughters to a weekend match, I have felt immediately welcome and part of the Lewes FC mission. I am enormously impressed by Lewes FC’s socially conscious, innovative and disruptive approach and it would be a privilege to play a role in continuing to drive the club forward to serve its mission and the local community.
I would like to stand for three key reasons. The first is linked to my own career journey, which has seen me transition from working in commercial roles for large corporations in the creative and technology sectors to spending the past few years working for a social enterprise in Myanmar. With this journey has come a realisation of the social good that organisations (including football clubs!) can, and should, enact. Lewes’ clear social mission presents a great opportunity for change beyond both the town and football, and I would like to contribute to this.
Secondly, I believe that Lewes FC has a significant role to play in the local community and I would like to be involved in an organisation that can help people in the town and surrounding areas, be that through the football side or other charitable activities.
Finally, and crucially, I am a passionate football fan. Football has always been a big part of my life and I am excited by the prospect of rolling up my sleeves and getting involved behind the scenes.
In terms of what I can bring to the Board, I would love to be able to use my commercial and financial experience to support the club’s aim of greater financial stability. I am a qualified accountant, and have spent most of my career helping organisations in a range of different sectors and cultures achieve their goals by giving commercially savvy, compassionate and effective advice. In addition, I have experience securing and delivering large partnerships for organisations such as Amazon and believe that there is huge potential for Lewes FC to benefit from innovative partnerships and additional sponsorship opportunities.
In addition, I believe that Lewes FC can be the go-to club for organisations across the world seeking to use football as a force for good. I have a personal interest in mental health and am currently training as a psychotherapist. I would like to use this training to support Lewes FC,, helping the club become a leader in an area that is sadly still too often considered taboo in football. Footballers and their clubs can have an important role in changing society’s attitudes on mental health and I would like the opportunity to create a campaign or set of activities that help shine a light on it.
A copy of Jamie’s election address can be found here.