Gainsborough Trinity have confirmed that a local businessman and lifelong Blues supporter has taken over the role of chairman on the Northolme.
Nick Tinker, of local firm Elite Signs, will take over the role from secretary Pete Wallace, who has filled the gap left by former owner Peter Swann.
Wallace said the appointment showed the club were keen to look ahead, to build on the work done since Swann, now in charge at Scunthorpe United, left the Northolme.
“We’ve been searching for a new chairman since Peter Swann left, and talked to many people,” said the club secretary.
“The directors and myself felt that now was the perfect time to appoint a new chairman and start planning for next season.”
“This season has been about getting through, staying in the Football Conference and being solvent whilst we got to grips with the changes needed.
“Nick, owner of Elite Signs, is well know within Gainsborough.”
“His business experience, local network and passion for the football club are some of the key reasons why the board are happy to appoint him.”
Tinker will take up his new role on 1st March.
The Elite Signs owner expressed his admiration for the efforts of the board and said he was delighted to become a Blues official.
“Having been a Gainsborough Trinity fan for most of my life I am proud to be associated with the football club,” he said.
“I hope my experience at running businesses over more years than I care to remember will be of benefit to the board and supporters.”
“I met with all the current directors a week or so ago and I was impressed, not only with all the hours and hard work each and every one of them has put in, but also the sensible control they have over the finances.”
Tinker also praised the volunteers and playing side of the club, who have all helped in this season’s battle to stay in the Conference North.
But he admitted there is plenty of work still to do.
“Another thing that has attracted me is the commitment the manager, ground staff and volunteers have shown.”
“Not least a great group of highly committed players, who clearly are giving 100 percent and playing for pride.”
“I for one don’t think our league position reflects how good this team really is and would think nearer mid table for this season is possible.”
“I can see some very good foundations for the future of the club, don’t get me wrong we are still at the early stages of standing on our own two feet, but one step at a time.”
A statement from the club’s board of directors added their appreciation for Wallace and his contribution as both secretary and chairman.
“John, Geoff, Darren and Ian would like to take this opportunity to thank Pete for all his hard work and commitment since Peter Swann left.”