I’m standing for election to the Board because I love good football and winning things, share the Club’s ethos, and believe I have useful qualities to offer the role.
I have been an owner since 2012, when I had recently moved to Brighton and was drawn by the community ownership structure as well as the great matchday posters. That, and being able to say that I own a football club. Now living in Ringmer, and with so much having changed at the Club since 2012, I am keen to get more involved and have started volunteering on matchdays.
My day job involves coaching and developing people to reach their potential – something which is clearly central to the Rooks achieving their goals, both footballing and otherwise. I am interested in supporting the players’ pathways by contributing to their career coaching, enabling them to create successful careers however they progress as players. This can both help us succeed on the pitch and at the same time fulfil our responsibility as decent employers towards the people we rely on for the Club to function. I am experienced in selection and recruitment, allowing me to help with broader human resources work, including hiring and development of non-playing staff.By supporting this part of the Club’s management, I can help free up time for our core staff, notably Maggie our CEO, to focus on strategy.
I also have many years’ experience in writing and speaking persuasively and with enthusiasm, something I would also hope to bring to my activities as a Director. Getting the message out there about our unique Club, all it does and aims to do, is an ever-present challenge I can help with.
While I believe in the importance of all five Pillars of the Club’s strategy, I think I am particularly well-placed to progress Quality Winning Football (successful, motivated players who know where they’re going) and Own House In Order (playing and non-playing staff hired, developed and managed to perform at their best).
While this would be my first experience as a Director of a football club, it wouldn’t be my first time working with talent to help them succeed, and partnering with others who do the same. The time is right for me to play my part in our success.