It is with sorrow that we announce that Alan Watkin will retire from his position as a Director of Wrexham AFC at the end of the season. Alan has given almost six years of loyal service to the board and has been a trusted advisor with his knowledge of local and national government and Associations.
Alan has contributed in many aspects to Wrexham AFC but particularly in the smooth adoption of significant health and safety responsibilities following the stadium take over and gaining the cooperation and support (even in these most difficult of times) of local and central government. Alan should be particularly proud of his leadership of the Racecourse Community Foundation which contributes significantly across North Wales and the expansion in participation of girls in football.
Alan has been a key figure in fans ownership of Wrexham AFC including the improved and enhanced governance allowing the Board to meet and overcome major challenges that we have faced in rebuilding the club and will be sadly missed. The very good news is that whilst not remaining on the Board Alan has agreed to remain as an Advisor to us within his area of expertise and will remain on the Racecourse Community Foundation so thankfully we will not lose him entirely.
Alan said, "It is with real regret that I am retiring from the Board. This is a decision that I have taken because I need to concentrate on some private, personal issues which means that I would not be able to give the time or focus that the Board role needs and deserves. However I feel I am leaving when I honestly believe that the club is in its strongest position since we took over, strong both in terms of the team management and the governance and business management. I am pleased that my colleagues have asked me to continue to contribute as an advisor to the Board of the club which I have watched for some 50 years."
Following a review of the Board structure and accountabilities we can announce that Phil Salmon will join the board with immediate effect. Phil is the owner and managing director of AEC Engineering a precision engineering and safety rescue equipment manufacturing company based in Wrexham that does work across the region, the North West of England and across the globe who have been our back of shirt sponsors for the last 3 seasons.
Phil first attended the Racecourse in 1967 and has been a regular ever since with other members of his family. He said “To be asked to serve as a volunteer on the Football Club Board is a huge honour and I am really looking forward to working with fellow board members on behalf of you the club owners. I have had a maintenance career spanning forty years with great relationships with both customers and suppliers from around the world. I am looking forward to bringing my expertise to the Football Club and in particular to the Racecourse Stadium.”
Alan will support the transition to the new Board until the end of the season and we will share how it will operate at the forthcoming Football Club AGM.
Please join us in thanking Alan Watkin and welcoming Phil Salmon.