As members may recall, there were two valid nominations for election to the Club Board as a result of the two existing board members required to stand down and one vacancy caused by the resignation of Jon Ward in 2021 cycle with their terms taking effect from the next Annual General Meeting of the society.
Since no election was triggered, it has been agreed by the board to release the election statements (if submitted) so that members can familiarise themselves with those candidates that they might not know and also the aims and reasons for each candidate standing for the board.
Some of you will know my face, if not my name, as I chaired the Diamond Minors (U16 Members) at the old club, while also serving on the Fundraising and Communications Committees as well as looking after the tunnel area, mascots and 50/50 Board on matchdays. I gained extensive experience of working with both supporters and staff from the old club, but, as the new club emerged, work commitments prevented me from giving the time that I would have wanted to as a volunteer. However, now in semi-retirement, I have the time needed to commit to helping steer the club through its next exciting chapter. As well as bringing experience gained from previous roles, in my work as a Senior Manager in the Aerospace and Defence industry I represent the UK in terms of Communication and Inclusion and want to use that knowledge to try and highlight our great community ethos, while also ensuring the voices of our fans are heard. Lastly, I really want to encourage greater participation in the future of the Club from our younger fans.
Richard has been involved with Diamonds family for 6 years, covering roles with Diamonds Board, Academy, Community Junior, and Walking Football.
Over the last 3 years on the Board, Richard has made significant management contribution to navigate the Club through the pandemic financial issues; leading the new Football Development strategy for our Academy; and helped re-organise the New Home project. Richard is an advocate for openness, transparency, and communication from the Board to our Members and Fans, which continues to need further work.
Richard leads Academy professional development phase (17-23) and self-financed his own coaching development achieving both UEFA B outfield and UEFA B goalkeeping badges.
Richard has experience to assist the New Home project having raised £460,000 and project managed the delivery of a brand-new community facility at Islip.
Richard supports Diamonds Community Juniors teams playing at Islip and helping deliver the Community Annual Fun day for all our community teams.
Richard supports the Diamonds Walking Football community with facilities at Islip and delivering the annual Diamonds Walking Football tournament each June. Richard is also a qualified sports groundsman (IOG qualified).
I welcome your support to elect me to office, so I can best serve the Club we love.