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29 November 2019
The latest update from Swinton Lions RLFC.
Swinton Lions RLFC is delighted to announce new Board members at the club ahead of the 2020 Betfred Championship season.
Following the sudden departure of six directors in September, remaining Lions’ Director Steve Wild has been looking to establish the basis of a new Board in order restore short term stability, and to provide a base from which to develop a long-term strategic plan for Swinton Lions. In respect of these aims four new Directors can now be formally confirmed.
Stuart Fletcher is already well known amongst Swinton fans. He was involved in the financial restructure of the Lions back in 2017, and has subsequently been a generous sponsor. Stuart is a senior figure in a government law agency with vast experience of project management, strategic planning and auditing multi million pound budgets. Stuart said, “I am thrilled to become a Director of this great club, one that I have followed for 50 years. I acknowledge the responsibility which comes with the position, and I will commit all my skills and energy to take this club forward and succeed against the challenges ahead.”
Stephen Parker will combine his position as Chairman of the Swinton Supporters Trust with that of an official club director. A Civil Engineer with 30 years experience, Stephen said, “I am proud and honoured to be joining the Board. The Trust and its band of superb volunteers will continue to assist the club operationally and financially, and I am excited to be promoting and embracing the vision of the Lions’ Family.”
Commercial Manager Lindsey Smethills also takes the step up to the Board with her background in finance and business development. She too is well known to Swinton supporters having dramatically transformed the fortunes of the White Swan Hotel in the town. She has already made a significant commercial impact at the Lions and brings welcome diversity to a professional rugby league club’s Board. Lindsey added, “My father played professionally and I’ve always loved the sport. I am confident that I can make a significant commercial contribution to the Lions over the coming months and years, and I’m thrilled to be involved.”
Local Swinton South Councillor Stuart Dickman also joins the Board. As a Councillor Stuart’s responsibilities include planning, growth and prosperity for the City of Salford, and is involved in the scrutiny of major developments and multi-million pound budgets. He also works as Communications Manager for the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Stuart therefore brings a valuable development link to local senior politicians and Council departments. He commented, “It is an incredible honour to be a Director of Swinton Lions, the club my father played for in the 1970s. The spirit of the club belongs to the fans, and I will do all I can to support it going forward.”
Steve Wild added, “I am really pleased to be able to formally confirm the appointment of these new Directors. They are all “Swinton” to the core and bring important skills and contacts to the table. They certainly don’t lack for enthusiasm, a fact which is already being reflected in our commercial returns. However, I must stress that as far as Board recruitment is concerned, we haven’t finished here, and further additions are anticipated shortly from the local business community.”