FC United of Manchester have agreed to appoint club members Paul Haworth and Paul Rushworth onto the board until the next AGM.

A statement from the National League North club has appeared on their website:

In accordance with the Club Rules (Rule 70a-c) and following recent board resignations, the FC United of Manchester Board have unanimously agreed to appoint club members Paul Haworth and Paul Rushworth onto the Club Board until the next AGM (Nov/Dec 2018). Both Paul’s are now registered as Board Members and will attend the FC United Board Meeting on Monday 21st May.

Club Rule 70. Casual vacancies arising amongst the members of the Club Board elected by the members will be dealt with as follows.

a. If a vacancy caused by retirement or removal is not filled at the meeting at which they retire or are removed, the vacancy may be filled by the Club Board.

b. A vacancy occurring by death or resignation may be filled by the Club Board.

c. In each case the member appointed to fill the vacancy is to retire at the next annual general meeting and the Club Board will make provision for an election to be held. For the avoidance of doubt the retiring member may stand for re-election at the meeting at which they retire.

Paul Haworth will be responsible for overseeing the following in a strategic capacity.
Commercial/ revenue generation
review resources and practices
establish a strategy for revenue generation (including sales and marketing) at the club
identify where that strategy can be implemented using existing resources and where we may need to alter/bring in resources

Paul Haworth is a founder member of FC United, a Season Ticket Holder since 2005 and a regular home and away supporter. Paul H began volunteering for FC United in 2010 assisting in the club’s marketing and communications. In May 2016 he was instrumental in establishing the Club’s Communication Team. Through Paul’s involvement in the Comms Team, he has worked closely with the club’s CEO, staff and Board. Paul has a BA(Hons) Marketing and over 20 years’ marketing experience. He has an ability to lead and inspire and has strong analytical and project management skills.

Paul Rushworth will be responsible for overseeing the following in a strategic capacity.
Scrutiny of management accounts
Cost analysis and identification of cost saving measures
Communication of financial issues to the Board and membership
Oversight of the audit
Trend analysis of costs/profitability
Putting in place a robust financial governance framework

Paul Rushworth has been a member and season ticket holder since 2006/07. He is an experienced chartered accountant and has for the last eight years worked at the Co-op. For most of that time he has been in the Internal Audit team where he is currently responsible for leading and developing their team of auditors and ensuring they deliver a high quality service. His skillset is predominantly in governance, risk and control. This includes reviewing end-to-end processes (financial and operational), assessing risks, understanding and testing controls, and offering pragmatic recommendations where weaknesses are identified. His experience also includes 15 months as the financial controller of Co-op’s Electrical business.

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