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Bath City appoint new chairman

August 3, 2023 by admin in News

Bath City FC has today announced that its search for a new chairman is over. Manda Rigby, successful businesswoman and former managing director of global IT firm Netgear, will take over the chairman’s duties from Adie Britton with immediate effect.

Adie, who has combined the role of interim chair and team manager for the past four months, will now concentrate on managing the first team and preparing the players for the new season.

“This is a great announcement,” said Adie. “Manda is a successful businesswoman, having been UK MD for Netgear and a marketing director at Microsoft, in addition to starting and selling her own business. She is a mad and passionate football fan, her father was a professional player and she has been to matches in all divisions throughout the country. I look forward immensely to working with her.”

Manda, who is also a councilor for Bath and Northeast Somerset will bring business acumen, drive and a wealth of commercial connections to her role at the club, as well as a fervent supporter’s voice in the stands.

“I am incredibly excited at the opportunity to work at Bath City,” she said. “The club has great ambition, a strong vision, and some incredibly talented and professional people. I hope that the experience, commitment and passion I bring, will enable me and the rest of the Board to ensure that the ambitions on the pitch are matched by the success off of it.”

With a good first season in the Bet Square Premier League under the belt and strong pre-season performances, there is a palpable air of optimism and expectation surrounding Twerton Park.

“The timing of this is perfect,” added Manda. “I can´t wait to start working with everyone to build on the club’s commercial plans. It’s important that we match the ambition of the playing staff and build a platform on which the club can flourish. I would like to thank Adie and Geoff Todd for their great work in taking the club forward. “

Ken Loach, passionate fan and member of the Bath City FC Supporters Society commented; “Recent success has given the club a great chance to progress. I am sure the new chairman will make sure we seize the opportunity and put the club right at the heart of city life. I want to wish Manda all the best. She has our full support.”

Don Foster, MP for Bath added; “This is really great news for the football club. Manda will bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the role. These are exciting times for Bath City both on and off the pitch. I wish Manda, Adie and all the players the very best ahead of the new season”

There are not that many women in football club management - Manda joins quite a rare group. “In some ways I think it makes no difference,” she said. “My business acumen and knowledge of football are the equal of any man. However, my style may be slightly different, and certainly I want to be as inclusive as possible. I have asked to meet with the supporters groups and will have regular “Meet the Chairman” sessions. I intend to watch the first half of home matches in front of the tea bar (and help out when necessary - I will be requesting hot Vimto!) and go to the directors’ box for the second half. At the end of the season, I want the finances to be healthy, the team to be successful, Bath to be proud of its football club, attendances growing because of the exciting brand of football we play…and everyone connected with the club to be and feel part of the exciting journey.”

Newspapers need a bold new regulator – Foster

July 29, 2023 by admin in News

Commenting on resignation of Baroness Peta Buscombe as head of the PCC, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport Parliamentary Party Committee, Don Fostersaid:

“The PCC has clearly failed. It was limited in its powers and its ambition. What we need now is a bold regulator that editors can’t ignore.

“Anyone overseeing phone hacking failures has paid for their mistakes, except for one notable exception. James Murdoch should now be considering his position.

“Peta Buscombe joins a list that should grow longer yet.”

Foster backs Select Committee call for football governance reforms

July 29, 2023 by admin in News

Commenting on the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee report on football governance, the Liberal Democrat sport spokesman, Don Foster MP, said:

“The English game is played to a high standard, but we don’t see that same quality in the boardrooms.

“Sadly, today’s fans must worry more about debt and ownership than match performance. The Select Committee joins a long list of people calling for urgent reform and, if necessary, legislation. Now is the time for action.

“Football must get itself in order. Its first target should be to end its love affair with debt.”