Burnham United AFC is seeking a new Chairperson to take on the role from the end of May 2019 when the current Chairman stands down at the club’s AGM in May.

In a letter addressed to the committee, managers and players, outgoing Chairman Matt Counsell said: “I have enjoyed the nine years at the club, six as chairman, and am incredibly proud of what has been achieved by the committee in that time.”

“However, over recent months several factors have come together which has led to me making the decision to stand down for the good of both myself and the club. In the last 18 months my career has been steadily growing, that has meant I have not been able to give as much time to the club as I once did, which means the club will not be able to continue to progress under my leadership.”

“On reflection I knew deep down before Christmas that this would have to be my last season at the helm as I ultimately need to give more attention to my life away from Burnham United AFC, knowing what I am able to give moving forward isn’t what the club deserves.”

A club spokesman adds: “The club are seeking an individual to lead the club into its next chapter taking over a club with four Adult Saturday Teams, 2 Ladies teams (for 2019/2020 Season) and a Veterans Team.”

“There are two distinct functions of the Chairperson: the Executive role and the Ambassador role. To chair the meetings and act as principal officer throughout the year by making decisions whenever the need arises in consultation with other officers when appropriate.”

The person also provides direction for the club by effective leadership and management, monitors and evaluates the progress of agreed actions both short term and strategic, ensures that succession and forward planning are integral in the club, works with club officials providing support, information and guidance where necessary; ensures that the club structure and responsibilities are transparent; represents (or arranges a representative for) the club at FA and League Meetings; chairs and manages the Exec Committee and monthly club meetings; encourages community links; and works with and supports Constituent Bodies.

Skills for the role include: leadership and management skills – to encompass; Setting objectives; Planning and organising; Controlling and setting standards; Ability to be objective; Good communication skills; Good motivator.

Anyone who is interested is discussing the role further should email Pauline Smith: psmithburnhamutd@hotmail.com, Sally Jeffries at sallyjeffries2018@outlook.com or  Burnham United at burnhamunitedafc@gmail.com

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