John Bonar was unveiled as the chairman of the football committee of Eastbourne Borough at the Borough means Business lunch held at Priory Lane on Wednesday.
Mr Bonar has been a committee member for three years and has held various roles at the club including head steward and safety officer.
Full responsibility for management of the football budget and all other key financial decisions will now reside with the board and its executive sub-committee, both of which will be chaired by Paul Maynard.
Lee Peskett also joined the board and was named vice chairman alongside Bonar.
Mr Bonar operates a successful pick and pack business in Eastbourne and is the Franchisee owner of Interlink Express. He is originally from Birmingham and became involved with the club when he moved to Eastbourne.
Speaking after his appointment the new chairman said, “It’s a mixture of pride and excitement and looking forward to the opportunity of working with the people already associated with the club.
“I started off playing darts here and then became more involved in the football. I was on the committee for about three years and I was really pleased to be nominated and excepted for the role. I like getting my hands dirty and dealing with the side the public don’t get to see. It takes a lot to run a football club. I want to be behind the scenes. I will happily speak to anyone and do the meet and greet but I like the nitty gritty.”
Bonar was full of respect for the previous chairman Len Smith but insists now is the time to move forward and believes the club has enormous potential for growth.
“We have big shoes to fill after Len. I’m never going to be a Len. The ultimate thing is not to forget what Len and the rest of the committee did but now it’s time to push on. We have a lot of things in the pipeline but it’s very early days. The aim is Conference football sooner than later and full-time for the players.
“To do that obviously we need investment but we are working on that. The ultimate is league football and why not?”
CIC chairman Maynard added, “It’s a very exciting time for the club and we are all determined to move forward.
“The short term aim is to get promoted. We have an excellent manager in Tommy (Widdrington). He has transformed our playing squad. He is very ambitious and we have to match that ambition or risk losing him.”