There’s been quite a bit of news around the club over the last couple of days, so I thought I’d do a quick roundup of everything, to make sure nothing has been missed.
Former Imp Returns
Chris Travers, former vice-chairman of the club, has returned to the board to strengthen ties with the local community. Chris is a lifelong supporter of the club, and has previously served the club diligently, through the challenging times in the National League. He’s recently retired from his role as senior partner with Thompson and Richardson, and is now ready to help the club within the community.
“I continued to be involved in the Academy’s technical board after I left the club’s board,” he said. “There’s always been that involvement and, of course, I’ve followed the club home and away when I can. When the chief executive Liam Scully approached me I think he saw my 50 years in the local business scene and saw that as one area where I could help the club, I’m quite happy to help anywhere I can really.”
Board Strengthening Continues
There will be another new face on the board, representing the club’s Foundation. Sunil Hindocha, who is chair of the Foundation’s trustees, has been a practising GP at Portland Street Medical Practice in the Sincil Bank area since 1991, and has a deep reservoir of experience. He has more than 15 years of board level experience, including roles as an executive board member for the Out of Hours co-operative and chair of the Practice Based Commissioning group. Alongside this, he was an integral founder member and subsequently chair of a federation of GP practices in Lincolnshire called Optimus.
“I am passionate about building resilient, confident and compassionate communities – values shared by the Foundation and the wider football club,” he said. “My previous experience brings an understanding of the crucial relationship between the chair and the executive team, and how that drives forward the work of the organisation. I look forward to playing my part in helping the club and Foundation grow further.”
Another Familiar Face Is Back at The Bank
Those of us who were connected to the club a decade or so ago will remember Rob Noble, who worked in the club’s commercial and marketing department. Rob has recently worked for Scunthorpe United, as well as Leyton Orient, plus some roles outside of football. He’s back, as Head of Supporter Services at the Bank, which will include a range of tasks connected to supporter experience.
Rob worked for the club during a time that, in my opinion didn’t always seem to foster a fan-centric culture, which I sensed was often challenging for some of the staff. He’s since gained a huge amount of experience across the sector and will be seeking to further improve the club’s already strong course of supporter engagement and experience improvement.
Club Reduce Capacity
Old news perhaps, but the capacity at Sincil Bank will be capped at 9,999 for now, avoiding the regulations brought in by the government this week. The move isn’t designed to circumnavigate the rules; it is a decision based as much on financial factors. To increase stewarding and staff at a time when the industry doesn’t have the numbers anyway, would be catastrophic and would lead to increased costs and (one would imagine) chaotic matchday. Instead, Liam Scully announced that for the time being, the capacity at Sincil Bank would dip below 10,000 (for the first time since 1995, I think).
“We think this is a measured approach given our available resources. The industry is already experiencing significant shortages of event staff and the requirement to provide further staffing resources, which Covid passport checks undoubtedly would, will only increase this pressure. From our perspective, adding the number of staff necessary to undertake checks and provide the necessary services is a logistical challenge which would add a significant cost to our matchday operations.”