Grantham Town this week announced the arrival of two more additions to its board of directors.
The recruitment of two Bottesford-based retired professionals – Michael Bird and Chris Farmer – was seen as an exciting move at the club when the official announcement was made at The Meres stadium on Tuesday evening.
Mr Bird, a former senior partner of Grantham solicitors Bird & Co, rejoins the club as board director and legal advisor.
Mr Farmer was formerly the chief executive of South Kesteven District Council and joins the board as financial advisor and treasurer.
Club chairman Peter Railton said the pair had volunteered their services and were definitely seen as an asset to the club, and would also be getting involved in the proposed youth academy set-up.
Mr Railton said: “They see what we are trying to do with the club and the community and would like to put their resources into the club.
“Things are moving so fast at the club, we need some expertise.”
Mr Bird was previously involved with the Gingerbreads when he was club president between 1998-9 and 2003-3 – a turbulent time for the club when supporters came to the rescue after debts of £460,000 were revealed.
Mr Bird said: “Those were tough and anxious times, but we learned from them. The club must move forward by broadening its base in the local community, and never again going into debt.
“There are exciting plans afoot to take the club to new levels, and I hope to play an active role.
“I am delighted to join such a dedicated, experienced and enthusiastic team.”
Mr Farmer was involved in the setting up of The Meres stadium complex, and club chairman Mr Railton welcomed him on to the board.
Mr Railton said: “Chris has a vast wealth of knowledge and technical expertise upon which we hope to draw. He has valuable current experience of sport finance through his cricket work.”
Mr Farmer is the current national treasurer of the Minor Counties Cricket Association and chief executive of Lincolnshire County Cricket Club.
He said that his wife Nicola had been instrumental in his decision to step forward to help the Gingerbreads.
Mr Farmer said: “I have been persuaded by my wife who grew up in the town and is a long-standing supporter of the club.
“I greatly look forward to helping with business development.”
Club chairman Peter Railton (second from left) welcomes Michael Bird (left), Nicola Farmer and Chris Farmer to the Grantham Town boardroom.