Worthing have appointed Barry Hunter as chairman.
Hunter had ten years at Adidas as Head of Football and latterly as UK Managing Director. His other business experience includes British Airways and HJ Heinz and he is currently CEO of the Sports and Leisure Group.
Hunter was the lead behind the emergence of Loxwood Football Club, where for 15 years, most recently as its chairman, he and his team transitioned the club from competing in division 5 of the local West Sussex League to a Charter Standard Senior football club competing in County League Premier, and which now includes a 200-strong Youth and Junior Section.
He was born and schooled in Worthing and was an U18, reserve and Ryman Premier first-team player for the club. Barry’s father Roy Hunter, also born and bred in Worthing, was a dedicated volunteer at the club, working on the committee and grounds team over a 20-year period in the 80s and 90s.
Speaking about the appointment, Hunter said “I am incredibly proud to be back helping the club that has played such a part in mine and my dad’s life. I believe Pete has worked incredibly hard and taken the club forward and I want to keep this momentum going.
“I know the club very well and it has an exceptional opportunity. We have such a strong volunteer base at the club which manage our day to day activities and I hope that can grow from strength to strength.
“In Adam, Aarran and Michelle we have first-class football leadership. My first priority is to build a capable board off the pitch that can govern and steer the football club through its ambitious pathway.”