Lewes FC are delighted to welcome on board three new Directors – Andy Gowland, Willa Bailey and Tim Bradshaw, following elections last week.
Andy, Willa, and Tim were elected amongst a total of seven very strong candidates and we are deeply grateful to these three owners for putting their hats in the ring and accepting to be part of the leadership of the club for the next three years.
Andy has over 16 years of experience across different organisations, from leading the design, procurement and build of shops and community initiatives (e.g. football pitches and community centres) with brands such as Best Buy, Carphone Warehouse & Sainsbury’s, to leading strategic teams at Global brands such as Accenture and Amazon.
The experience has helped Andy become a specialist at being a generalist, using the transferrable skills he’s learnt along the way and how to navigate large organisations, towards where I work today, Right to Dream. A global football network of academies and pro football, where he is the Group Head of Partnerships, leading the strategy and creation of purpose-driven partnerships and sponsorships across the organisation.
Willa is just 23-years-old and she believes she will bring “fresh energy” and a “unique outlook” adding genuine value to the board of directors.
Her vision aligns perfectly with that of the club having studied Sustainable Development at Edinburgh University, alongside her own love for football, which has made her truly committed to furthering the relationship between sports and social change.
Tim has been an owner since 2012 when he was drawn by our community ownership structure following a move to Brighton.
He believes his day job which involves coaching and developing people to reach their potential, is central to the Rooks achieving our goals, both footballing and otherwise.
Tim has many years’ experience in writing and speaking persuasively and with enthusiasm, something he would also hope to bring to his activities as a Director.
Departing the club as directors are Karen Dobres, Sue Anstiss and Claire Rafferty. Karen will have infected many people with her positivity, energy and sense of doing things right. She will not be going far and we’re glad she will continue to volunteer at the club. Sue who was co-opted onto the board a year ago also steps down at the end of this month – but we hope not going away too far either. Finally, Claire, also steps down this month following her time with us as non-executive director.
We want to give a big thank you to Karen, Sue and Claire for their fantastic contributions to the club.