Gavin JONES - Candidate Statement
I'm a 47-year-old from Ponciau. I'm a married father of two boys. My first Wrexham match was Exeter, March 1978, we won 2-1 as I remember— I also remember missing Dixie's 88-minunte winner, leaving early to beat the crowds.
I'm a firm believer in the Trust and co-operative philosophy. For my sins, I was the original designer and typesetter of the first Wrexham Yearbook - "C'Mon the Town" - which I also co-authored with Lindsay and Peter Jones. This was a very lucrative production for the Trust and achieved the area's highest selling local book in 2006.
I've been a Trust board member since 2008, and am presently one of the two official Club directors. My role now on the Club board is Football and Business Strategy, ensuring WST governance, and setting Commercial strategy.
I was the Trust's lead negotiator for both the takeover (with Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts), lead on getting the Racecourse back to the fans, signing up our Front of Shirt sponsors, and responsible for bringing UB40 and Olly Murs to the Racecourse and developing a great relationship with Carlsberg. Recently, I have been running a project to attract a major national sporting agency to assist and help in remodelling and expanding our commercial opportunities for future seasons — watch this space!
I also represent the Football Club on the Racecourse Community Foundation (RCF) as interim chair. The RCF is a charity that does fantastic football based work across all of North Wales, involving projects for the homeless, mental health, education, mini-football, anti-crime, futsal, and holiday soccer schools.
Away from the club, I'm a director of my own business - specialising in Strategy, IT and Management Consultancy, which over the past 25 years, has worked with many multinational and blue chip national clients in finance, engineering and manufacturing.
I've a couple of degrees in Information Technology and a Financial Management MBA from Manchester Business School, whereby I specialised in 'The business of football', with Wrexham being the case study. Some of the research conclusions have already had major impacts on the club — Stadium outsourcing (through WST Assets), alternative stadium use, Glyndwr Wrexham Football Academy, Back office streamlining, and the Branding project, all unique initiatives to give Wrexham FC a competitive advantage on and off the pitch. I'm presently three years into a doctorate in business at Liverpool University, specialising in community football ownership strategies.
If elected, I feel I have much energy, creativity and 'big-thinking industry' knowhow and with the football knowledge gained from running a football club over the last six years, still feel I have a major contribution as a WST director that can help progress Wrexham AFC further and hopefully onto the Football League.
Nominated by Geoff Scott and John Evans