Altrincham’s new addition to the board of directors Samantha Mackenzie feels greatly enthused by the direction the club are heading in, as well as the ‘enterprise, energy and expertise’ behind the scenes.
Mackenzie was recently announced as joining the board at the National League club, becoming the fourth woman in the Robins’ history to do so.
Speaking as part of a Q&A with press and media officer John Edwards, she said of how she came to be involved:
“We started coming to games here at The J.Davidson as a family, and we enjoyed the experience so much that, as the children got older and I reached a bit of a crossroads, I just felt I would like to do more and get involved as a volunteer. So I emailed the club and ended up exchanging messages with (co-chairman) Lawrence Looney.
“I started off saying I would be happy answering the phone in the office. That would be a way of contributing, and I would have been more than happy to do that, but during the course of numerous conversations, we talked about my background as a buying and merchandising manager for Selfridges in London, and how part of that skill revolved around relationships with partners, and how, in turn, that was a hugely relevant and important part of what was being done then and is being done now at Altrincham.”
On being asked by Looney, who featured on this site in detail last year, to become a director, she added:
“I was shocked and overwhelmed, but at the same time, I was thinking I could perhaps make a difference at that level. I do think I have a different voice and bring a different point of view, and I was increasingly being listened to.
“I was increasingly finding I was able to run initiatives and bring ideas to the table for consideration.”