New Commercial Team appointed
Further to the recent announcement of our longer term strategic plans for Wealdstone FC we are delighted to announce the appointment of a new commercial team that will be headed up by Mark Winkworth and Mike Bandry.
Mark, will take on the role of Head of Commercial Affairs. This will include long term commercial strategy, guiding and supporting the commercial team and leading the Club’s development of its customer strategy. Mike Bandry is joining as Wealdstone’s new commercial manager.
Howard Krais, Wealdstone FC Chairman said “I’m delighted that both Mark and Mike are joining us. They both bring some relevant skills and some great experience. Pulling this team together is really important for us as we know we need to massively up our game in our efforts to bring more money into the Club. This is important both from the perspective of competing in the Conference South and also if we are going to be able to deliver on our longer term plans”.
Mark Winkworth – Head of Commercial Affairs
Mark Winkworth has over 25 years of leadership experience within the telecoms, security and education sectors. He has held senior level roles with ScottishPower, Reliance Security Group and The British Library, establishing new revenue streams through commercial sales and sustainable long-term partnerships.
Mark brings with him a wealth of expertise in leading and delivering projects from inception, through planning and design, to implementation and operations. He has a proven track record in marketing and strategic planning, and in managing and mentoring cross-functional teams and initiatives.
“Wealdstone FC is a diamond football club – good management, great players and the best fans! My dream is for more people in Middlesex and North West London to get involved and be part of the future success of the Stones.”
Mark is a lifelong Stones fan, with the number 10 shirt worn by goalscorer Andy Graham in the 1-0 win at Kettering Town in May 1985 taking pride of place in his collection of memorabilia.
Mark lives in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, with his wife, Abby, and their eight-year-old twin boys, Jack and Sam. Sam is already a huge Jonathan North fan and has enjoyed coaching sessions with the Stones keeper through the GK Icon goalkeeping academy.
Mike Bandry – Commercial Manager
Mike comes from a business and sales background with eight years recruitment experience (Independent and Corporate groups in both the UK and Australia), – during which time he generated over £1 million in recruitment fees.
Since leaving recruitment Mike has four years experience working within Non League Football with Football Exclusives (FE), where he has been solely responsible for planning, developing and executing commercial, marketing and social media strategies.
The FE website now has over 500,000 visitors per annum, and the twitter account has in excess of 5,500 followers.
Mike resides in South London and is a specialist in developing longstanding and effective relationships with diverse organisations from blue chips such as Zurich, LV= and Umbro to County Football Associations.