New chief ex­ec­u­tive in at Rochdale

Rochdale Observer - - LEISURE GARDENING FOOD WINE -

ROCHDALE AFC an­nounced the ap­point­ment of James Ma­son as the club’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at the week­end.

Ma­son joins the club after be­ing in a sim­i­lar role at Brad­ford City for the last four years.

Dur­ing that pe­riod the West York­shire side en­joyed sig­nif­i­cant growth in terms of sea­son ticket num­bers, com­mer­cial turnover and ex­ter­nal pro­file.

A former BBC jour­nal­ist, Ma­son is also a part­ner in a sports and busi­ness con­sul­tancy.

He joins the club in a con­sul­ta­tive role work­ing closely with Wil­liam Good­win (Rochdale di­rec­tor), who has played a cru­cial role in steer­ing the club for­ward dur­ing the sum­mer months.

Upon join­ing Dale, Ma­son said: “I have long been an ad­mirer of Rochdale Foot­ball Club from my vis­its here as an op­pos­ing di­rec­tor and vis­it­ing fan.

“They have a great rep­u­ta­tion within the in­dus­try for be­ing well run on and off the field and have a team of re­ally tal­ented and com­mit­ted peo­ple work­ing here al­ready.

“My im­me­di­ate role will be to of­fer my ex­pe­ri­ence, ad­vice and lead­er­ship in the ar­eas where it is needed.

“The board care pas­sion­ately about the club. Keith (Hill) is a man­ager that I greatly ad­mire.

“The youth set up speaks for it­self, as high­lighted by the emer­gence of play­ers like Luke Math­e­son. I’m also fully aware of the loyal and proud fan base.

“I’m sure I’ll get to know ev­ery­body in due course and ad­ding value where I can.

“I have a long as­so­ci­a­tion with Rochdale with close fam­ily in Lit­tle­bor­ough.

“My cousins sup­port the club and my un­cle was a very ac­tive sports­man within the area as I was grow­ing up.

“Last year I do­nated some sea­son tick­ets my­self to ac­knowl­edge the lower prices, some­thing I am a big be­liever in.

“Since leav­ing Brad­ford in the sum­mer I have spent a lot of time watch­ing and re­search­ing how other sports op­er­ate. I have a num­ber of se­nior con­tacts in cricket and rugby as well as foot­ball.

“To ob­serve and share some good prac­tices with them over the last few weeks has been in­valu­able. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting started.”

Rochdale chair­man Chris Dun­phy added: “I am de­lighted to wel­come James on board.

“He is for­ward­think­ing, driven and is highly re­garded within the in­dus­try.

“His suc­cesses at Brad­ford City speak for them­selves, so it is an ex­cit­ing ac­qui­si­tion for the club.

“We have made great strides off the pitch in re­cent years and I be­lieve James’ ap­point­ment is an im­por­tant step on our jour­ney.

“He will bring a new pro­fes­sion­al­ism to Rochdale AFC and I have no doubt he will move the club for­ward.

“The Board of Di­rec­tors and I look for­ward to work­ing with him.”

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