Hartlepool United have announced a new addition to the board, after Andy Steel, vice principal of Hartlepool College of Further Education, accepted an invite from chairman Raj Singh.
Steel has joined on a voluntary basis, with a brief to assist the club with commercial and community matters.
“I have said publicly in the past that we need to add strength to the board,” explained Singh. “In particular, I felt it was important to find somebody with Hartlepool connections as we continue to strengthen relationships within the town.”
“Andy is a fan of the club, a respected local figure and has great connections through his role with the college and through running the business forum over a number of years.
“He will help Mark Maguire and the commercial team as they look to continue the reconnection with businesses in the town, and I know that he will approach his new role with enthusiasm and passion.”
A long-term Pools fan who has been involved with Hartlepool College of FE for almost 30 years, Steel has admitted his excitement at being offered the opportunity to join the club.
“I’m really pleased to be on board,” he commented. “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and it would be great if I could offer something to help the club’s push to get back where it belongs in the upcoming seasons.
“I have been a fan for a lot of years but, after what happened at the end of last season and going in to pre-season now, there is a real air of excitement around the town so there’s no better time to be joining the club.”