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  • Writer's pictureChris Woods

Board & Staff Update

The club are pleased to announce Nick Symmons has re-joined the club's Board of Directors.

The former Chairman, 66, joins the board for the third time and adds valuable operational and IT expertise as well as considerable club knowledge having first seen the Stones play in the 1966 FA Amateur Cup Final.

Symmons is also the nominated Board Director on the Board of the Ruislip Manor Sports & Social Club.

"I'm delighted Nick has accepted the invitation to re-join the board," said Chairman Rory Fitzgerald. "His operational support has been valuable and he does so much unseen work on a day-to-day basis at the club. While the club continues to evolve and move forward, we recognise the rich history of the club and Nick helps us remain very much in touch with our heritage having followed the club home and away since 1972."

We are also delighted to confirm the appointment of Richard Hopwood as the new General Manager of Wealdstone Football Club with responsibility for the commercial development and professional day to-day management of all non-footballing activities at Wealdstone and its non playing/coaching staff and budgets. As a trained accountant Richard joins us with almost 30 years experience of Senior management experience within a variety of organisations in both financial and commercial roles most recently running the Financial Services team at Dixons Carphone a division with over 10 million customers on book with responsibility for over £300m in annual revenue. Showing his commitment to the role and club Richard forgave his summer holiday plans in order to start the role early in order to get the summer ground improvements completed and to get the club ready to host the important pre season fixtures involving QPR & Watford, events which were both successfully run and commercially important to the club. The role is critical to the development and evolution of the club and we wish Richard all the success in his new role.

The club also wishes to confirm Andy Lavin and Mark Randall have stepped down from their roles on the Board.

Lavin has resigned to prioritise his business interests. "I've enjoyed my time being part of the board. It was an honour and a privilege. I wish the club well and look forward to getting along to some games this season," said Lavin.

Randall, the Head of the Supporters Club, has stepped down with immediate effect to "allow me to invest more time purely on growing and developing WFCSC, which of course is independent from the main club."

"Being part of a club wide team that won promotion to the zenith of non-league football will stay with me always," said Randall.

The club would like to place on record their thanks to Andy and Mark for their efforts and time in helping the club to grow.


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