New chief ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­ted to suc­cess

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ashford United - By An­drew Gi­d­ley

Denise Peach ad­mits she needed lit­tle time be­fore ac­cept­ing the role as new chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ash­ford United.

The 54-year old (pic­tured right), who lives in Ken­ning­ton, takes over from Patsy Brett who stepped down due to mount­ing work com­mit­ments.

The mother of three, who also has seven grand­chil­dren, said: “I knew in a sec­ond I would do it.

“From when I first came here three years ago and took on the chal­lenge, I started to fall in love with the club. I am com­mit­ted and will work hard to help make it suc­ceed as part of the team.

“We want to push the club on­wards and up­wards. That’s (owner) Don Cros­bie’s view and there are ex­cit­ing times com­ing and an op­por­tu­nity to be part of some­thing that will only grow.

She added: “My back­ground is as a chef and I was run­ning my own busi­ness. That is how I got know (for­mer owner Tony Bet­teridge).

“He wanted me to do some cater­ing and then af­ter a short time, he wanted me to run ev­ery­thing as fa­cil­i­ties man­ager ”

“Things were quite run down and I have been work­ing hard to raise the stan­dards.

“It’s been great to have Don back be­cause he is of the same mind as me.

“Peo­ple want to come and en­joy things at Home­lands and if things are bro­ken ev­ery­where, it’s not good.

“We have been go­ing through the whole build­ing – toi­lets, sinks, electrics. It’s quite and old build­ing now and hasn’t had much done to it.

“It was a hard sell and dif­fi­cult when you have a hall that looks like a work­ing men’s club. Ev­ery­thing looked a bit shabby but things are chang­ing

“We have com­pletely re­dec­o­rated the func­tion hall to make it much more ap­peal­ing and as a re­sult of all the hard work, we are get­ting more func­tions and wed­dings. We have a li­cence for cer­e­monies and have hosted three so far.”

On her new job, Denise said: “I will be part of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process and want to try and get out more to help raise the pro­file of the club.

“But apart from that, it is go­ing to be con­tin­u­ing what I have been do­ing al­ready.”

One of six sib­lings – with three broth­ers and two sis­ters – Denise is a football and cricket fan

She said: “I was born in Not­ting Hill and QPR were my lo­cal club. Rod­ney Marsh was my hero and I stalked him as a young girl and got his au­to­graph a thou­sand times.

“I found out he has had con­nec­tions in the past with Ash­ford when I came here and maybe we would have kept him on board had I been here.”

Denise says the next thing on Ash­ford’s wish­list is ob­tain­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion for the wrap-around sta­dium.

She said: “All the prepa­ra­tion has nearly been done, it’s a big and ex­pen­sive thing to fund. We need to make sure we have dot­ted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s be­fore we even make the fi­nal ap­pli­ca­tion.

“Hope­fully, that will hap­pen soon.”

Pic­ture: Wayne McCabe FM4019820

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