THREE local businessmen with legal, financial and PR backgrounds are joining Eastbourne Borough FC as non-executive directors.
Paul Maynard, partner at law firm Gaby Hardwicke, Tim Firth, partner at Price & Company, chartered accountants, and Tim Cobb, managing director of Cobb PR, will all be offering support and advice to the club as it strives to maintain its place in the top division of non-league football.
Mr Maynard’s firm guided the club through the complexity of both company law and FA regulation to allow Borough to become the first football club in the country to gain Community Interest Company (CIC) status.
This allows supporters to buy shares in the club but also maintains an ‘asset lock’ to ensure the club continues to be run as a business which benefits the local community.
In addition, Mr Maynard also acts as commercial manager for the club’s youth section and coaches the under-14 team.
He said, “What all of us want to achieve is to spread the word in order to get more people through the gate on matchdays.
“It’s crucial, if the club is to compete at this level, to get the crowd up beyond the current average.”
Mr Cobb said he had been helping Borough’s commercial manager Lorna Gosling on an ‘ad-hoc basis’ for the last two or three years.
He said, “Lorna has this brilliant networking club, Borough Means Business, and it would be great to build on the success of that.
“What I hopefully will bring is the links with the business community in Eastbourne and further afield. Between our three contacts books, there’s a good reach.”
Mr Firth, a well-known name in the local sporting scene and a keen Borough supporter, added, “I am pleased to have been asked by Len to give the benefit of my experience, and I am happy to give whatever support I can for something that’s very exciting for the town.”
Chairman Len Smith said he was delighted to have the three men on board. “I’d like to welcome the three new non-executive directors and look forward to them bringing their expertise and know-how to complement the existing resources at the club.”