Belper Town have announced two local businessmen as new directors of the club after a number of recent boardroom resignations.

Joining the boardroom are Ian Woodward and Guy Wimhurst. Woodward runs a local property maintenance company whilst Wimhurst is a regional manager for the Co-op.

Both men are passionate about football and are keen supporters of the club so they will already be aware of size of the rebuilding job needed at the Marston’s Stadium. And they will be joined by two more key off-field appointments.

Steven Hunt has been appointed as stadium manager and will be responsible for all aspects of stadium management and safety. And the club is delighted that Andy Hunt (no relation) has also joined the club as its new marketing and publicity manager.

Both Steve and Andy have already made their presence felt as the club starts the process of updating its public image and to modernise and upgrade its facilities.

Nailers managing director, Dave Laughlin said of the appointments: “Following the loss of three directors in April, the boardroom needed an urgent injection of experience and know-how, so we are delighted that Ian and Guy have come on board.

“They will bring valuable expertise to the club with Guy taking on the role of Finance Director whilst Ian will lead on the club’s stadium development plans. Ian will be ably supported by Steven Hunt, who as stadium manager has already developed a comprehensive stadium maintenance programme and is also actively working on a scheme to replace the spectator barriers around the pitch.

He has also organised working parties throughout June for supporters to assist in the many jobs that are necessary ahead of the new season. Guy has a track record of managing multiple retail enterprises and will be utilising his financial expertise to modernise the club’s financial systems.

“Finally, the club is thrilled that the creative mind of Andy Hunt is leading the redesign of all aspects of the clubs marketing and publicity materials, including a brand new matchday programme design for next season. We welcome them all to the club and look forward to working with them as we continue in our efforts to create a strong and vibrant club that the local community will be proud of.”


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