After 8 years as a Director it is a proud moment for me and I am delighted to be Berwick Rangers Football Club Chairman (Elect). I will be taking over as Chairman from Brian Porteous at the end of the season in May. Brian will be a hard act to follow. In his tenure as Chairman, Berwick Rangers have wiped out a massive debt and now have a very healthy bank balance. Unfortunately the team has not always had good luck despite several management changes.
I am a retired local business man who ran a very successful business for 30 years in the Town. I can see that being a huge asset in the day to day operation of the Football Club.
Being Chairman of Berwick Rangers is something I am really looking forward to. I am up for the challenge and I believe we have the right manager in John Coughlin. I am sure John will secure our League position in the coming weeks. It would be an absolute disaster if that was not achieved after all the hard work that has been put in over the last few years. I understand the passion the supporters have for the Football Club so I see myself as a figurehead that the supporters can engage with.
I see the role of Chairman is to chair board meetings, carry out all the work involved from decisions of the Directors, help with the day to day administration and commercial work of the Football Club.
The Football Club have to engage more with the Football Community and to that end I would like to chair meetings between Supporters Trust and Supporters Club Committees to bring their ideas together and move forward together as one unit.
I see the roles of The Supporters Club and The Supporters Trust as crucial to the operation of Berwick Rangers. Each season The Supporters Club have donated in excess of £35,000 and The Supporters Trust £5,000 which is very important to the survival of Berwick Rangers.
On the way forward to establish Berwick Rangers as a Community Caring Club I will be putting forward to the Board of Directors ideas to see if it would be possible to install a 3G plastic playing surface and facilities on Old Shielfield.
This facility could be used by other Football Clubs and Organisations from around the area. This will give Berwick Rangers an extra revenue stream which is badly needed.
At the end of the day my message to the supporters is come along and support us and I am sure John Coughlin and his team will turn the situation around on the park.
I look forward to being your Chairman.