Grantham Town have appointed a chief executive to help steer the club towards its future aims.
The Gingerbreads’ board of directors has appointed former Leicester City CEO Barrie Pierpoint in a concerted effort to boost Town’s fortunes as they strive for development and success at a higher level.
The club has a three year plan and with his vast experience, Mr Pierpoint was seen as the ideal person to drive Grantham forward.
Club chairman Peter Railton said they first approached Mr Pierpoint with a view to him joining as a director.
Mr Railton said: “As we spoke with him, it became clear that he could offer more to the club as a chief executive. We have developed a plan, but realised that we needed experience and help to deliver it, which Mr Pierpoint has.”
Mr Pierpoint was CEO at Leicester for 10 years in which time he transformed the The Foxes’ financial situation. He has also held the position at Portsmouth, Bradford City and Boston United.
Grantham’s board of directors recognised Mr Pierpoint’s 15 years of achievement in football and his proven record of commercial success at the clubs with which he has worked.
Mr Railton said: “It is a very unique appointment at this level of football. “Barrie will be involved in every aspect of the club as part of a three year plan to take forward and revolutionise Grantham Town.
“The chief executive is to generate new income streams and will work with the existing staff and people at the club, work with the community, and increase gates and club income.”
Mr Pierpoint said the club had approached him to take a look and see what the club is all about. He said he was “immediately impressed” with the facilities and the organisation and club in general.
Mr Pierpoint said: “I saw things about the football that I liked and a board of directors who want to make things happen here. I was familiar with the club from a number of years ago when I visited with my former clubs, so knew some of the background.
“The board of directors are trying to attract new investors and fans to the club. That in turn leads to better chances to attract players.
“If everybody works together, I believe that we can have a fantastic club here in two to three years’ time. It is a challenge that excites me to take things on for Grantham Town. I want to be part of that development.”
Gingerbreads supporters have a chance to meet and question the club’s new chief executive at a fans’ forum at The Meres MCS Centre tonight (Monday, January 27) at 7pm.