Candidates Statement – Mark Williams
I am a 39 year old qualified accountant from Wrexham and I am currently employed as a Finance Director of a local Wrexham company and also a Trustee of a Wrexham based charity.
I have been a member of Wrexham Supporters Trust since the ‘Beer a week’ fund raising initiative and I have been a Society Board member since my first election in 2004.
Since my last election in 2016 I have taken on additional responsibilities at the Football Club in the form of Match Day Operations. This new role involves me working with the Stadium Manager and Chief Safety Officer in the days prior to matchdays on planning matters, especially for the high-profile games, and also providing operational support and advice on matchdays. It has been rewarding to work with so many people as part of these additional responsibilities and to see the passion and pride they have in working for the Club first hand.
In my last election I stated that I was planning to look at introducing new systems in the Hospitality and Concourse bars and after researching a number of alternatives solutions I am delighted that I have Board approval to introduce these systems over the summer in time for the new season. This will improve the experience for all supporters that use the stadium on match and non matchdays, by speeding up the transaction process with the introduction of card payment facilities throughout the stadium.
The Club will also benefit from improved management reporting from these new systems and this will build on improvements I have introduced in this area. I have introduced a matchday revenue report that compares actual revenue to budget after each game and this allows the Club Board to make informed decisions with up-to-date financial information in advance of the monthly management accounts. In addition, I have introduced a department KPI sheet to keep the Society Board informed on the financial performance of the Club to budget set on a monthly basis along with a cash flow forecast.
If re-elected to the Society Board I will look to continue to improve on the Club’s systems and the production of timely information to Departmental Managers to make informed decisions. This will involve changes to our retail, accounting and ticket systems that will also allow the Club to benefit from the latest technology.
I believe improvements in the Club’s systems will improve the financial performance of the Club and therefore result in increased playing budget for the first team and deliver on field success for the Club.
Nominated by Richard Purton
Seconded by Paul Sleeman