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07 Dec 2019 : New Trust Board members at Runcorn Linnets

The club welcomed three new Trust Board members at its Annual General Meeting.

Ste Bignall, Pete Cartledge and Dave Jones are the newcomers to the board of Runcorn Linnets Football Club Limited.

James Eastup meanwhile returns for a second spell as a board member at The Millbank.

At Thursday's meeting, it was reported that seven nominations had been received for the seven board vacancies in the 2019 rotation.

With all applications being valid, election of all nominees was automatic.

Ste Bignall is a qualified electrician, who is now employed as a Mechanical & Electrical contracts and projects manager.

Younger brother of club chairman Mike Bignall, Ste runs the unofficial Linnets Updates twitter site and his volunteering roles at the club have included electrical work, writing match reports, operating the match day PA system and helping to oversee the installation this year of the club's borehole.

Pete Cartledge and Dave Jones are members of the Runcorn Linnets Football Supporters Group, Pete being its chairman.

The group has raised valuable funds for the football club, also organising and funding coach travel to longer-distance away games.

Dave's background is in accountancy and financial management while Pete has wide experience of IT systems management.

In consultancy roles at the club, both have been instrumental in the pending installation of new electronic finance and point of sales systems.

James Eastup is a graphics and marketing specialist who now combines his media responsibilities at Linnets with secretarial duties, working alongside his dad, Paul Eastup as joint club secretary.

James was formerly Linnets' club photographer and plays a leading role in our social media output.

Paul Eastup has been re-elected for a further term, having been a Trust Board member for a number of years.

A company managing director, he has previously served as club vice-chairman and like son, James took up his secretarial duties at the end of last season.

The remaining two board members elected this year are vice-chairman Rob Findlay and Paul Tandy.

Both opted to stand for election, having hitherto been externally co-opted members appointed by the board because of their individual skill set.

Rob, who works in the banking industry, joined the board in the summer and is the club's commercial manager. He has significantly increased the club's advertising and sponsorship revenue and looks forward to working with existing and future partners.

Paul Tandy's practical skills have served the club well in day to day stadium operation and maintenance while the other string to his bow is fundraising. Paul runs the Linnets' 200 Club.

Six of the newly-elected board will serve for two years and the other for one.

Five other members are now midway through their two-year term, these being Mike Bignall, Josh Christian, Hedley Edwards, Daz Law and Steve Pritchard.

The 12 elected members are joined on the board by club treasurer Phil Wainwright and James Sidwell, both externally co-opted members.

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