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Sheppey United FC are delighted to announce that on 8th April 2023 a new Chief Executive Officer shall be appointed to run the Limited Company business….

The football club are delighted to announce that as part of its sustainability planning and implementation they shall be appointing a new female CEO in Shelley Holtam to run the football club on behalf of the Board of Directors working in unison with the current executive committee. Chairman, Matthew Smith said earlier today;

“As anyone who knows me will testify my time is becoming increasingly less and less with my work becoming busier and busier and I simply do not have enough time to commit to the running of our great football club. I know people will think I am crazy but I actually feel guilty for not giving my all to the club and with this appointment I can rest easy that Shelley will take sole responsibility for the running of our great club reporting into me as Chairman.”

Shelley was recommended to me and following various meetings I am extremely confident she has all the experience and qualities you’d look for in a football club Chief Executive, hence me appointing her on behalf of the Board. Some of you may have seen Shelley at home or away games recently as she starts to gather the information she needs to make a real positive impact to both the senior and junior sections of our great football club. Shelley has met up with most key individuals at the club but I know how passionately she wants to understand what more we can do as a club in our great community of Sheppey and Swale area.

So if you have not met her yet, I feel sure you will as Shelley will have her finger firmly on the pulse of our entire club operations very shortly, looking at everything from players that come here daily for education through to how she/we can improve on everyone’s matchday experience. The role will be challenging for her and I hope like me you will provide her the time she needs as she is very well-respected individual in the Kent footballing circles and is fully aligned with the strategy and vision I have to keep driving the club going forward.  

This appointment shows just how much we want the professionalism of the club to improve and will add further strength to our structure as she inherits a superb Executive Committee, strong football management team & it’s staff as well as a great set of volunteers who are all important in the day to day operations of our fantastic football club. As Shelley joins us I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Gary (Seamark) who has been Joint-Chairman over the last two seasons, at the end of this season Gary will stand down and be able to focus solely on the club youth set-up as Chairman, which having spoken at length to Shelley she will be looking to potentially bring in as one club from next season. Gary just like myself is having issues with time commitment for the club with his job and by releasing the senior role he will be able to concentrate solely in conjunction with Shelley on our fantastic youth structure he has built up and the ongoing pathway to senior mens football for both boys and girls.

So on behalf of everyone at the football club welcome Shelley Holtam and as I said at our very first meeting – GOOD LUCK lol!!!”

An interview will follow shortly with our new CEO however commenting on her appointment, Mrs Holtam said:

“It’s a real privilege to be appointed as chief executive here at Sheppey United Football Club Limited and I am over whelmed with the trust placed in me by Matt and his fellow directors of the football club. I’ve built up a relationship with Matt over the past few weeks and yes he is a control freak, so I am not in for any shocks there! I have already got to know a few of the committee/staff who help to run the club and I’m really impressed with the passion and ambition so many people show in operating the club on a day to day basis. I was actually shocked to understand the financials of this medium sized business and how the self-sufficient model works within the football club environment.

Most importantly to me is that Sheppey United is an excellent community football club with an even greater potential to grow and develop within the Sheppey and Swale area for an all-round successful and affluent future. I also totally accept the responsibility that all this brings to me, and would like to get to know each and every supporter as well as I do the staff and everyone at the club. Having responsibility for the long term vision whilst concentrating on the short term goals Matt has set me over the coming weeks and months feels me with excitement and I know that together as a club unified we can go on to push for the next step in the football clubs evolutionary journey. If my tenure can be half as successful as Matts before me I know I will have created another piece of history for this fantastic football club.

Hopefully I will not be stuck in the boardroom all game on Saturday and will get out around the ground to meet as many of you as possible but I am also keen to get a Q&A session planned during the close season so supporters can interact with me as CEO here at Holm Park. Hopefully see you all on Saturday, and something I need to get used to saying – UP THE ITES”

Thanks Shelley and as detailed above a combined interview shall be filmed and this will uploaded after this weekend’s game where we discuss how Shelley sees herself engaging with you all and bringing improvements to Holm Park both on and off the pitch.

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