Andrew Glover has stepped down as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats chairman and appointed shareholder and local businessman Michael Carter as his replacement.
Glover, who will continue as the club’s owner, has been chairman since February 2011 and will continue to be involved at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium but says the club’s Board of Directors agreed a “different perspective” was required to move forward.
Carter has been a shareholder at the Super League club since January 2012 and Glover says the time is right for change at the top.
“Michael has given a lot both in terms of investment and his input into the running of the club, and we felt that the time was right that this was formally recognised with making him Chairman of the Board,” said Glover.
“We’re entering a crucial period with the restructuring of the competition from 2015, the move to Newmarket and the launch of our Sport & Education Academy this September. It’s important that we retain stability but also that there is someone who can come in with a slightly different perspective to ensure we continue to drive forward.
“My day-to-day involvement with the club won’t alter dramatically but it will allow me to focus on a few key areas that are vital to us becoming a sustainable business, namely Newmarket and the Sport & Education Academy, both of which we’re very excited about what they could mean to us as a club going forward.”
Glover and his Spirit of 1873 group saved Wakefield in February 2011 after the club entered administration but Wildcats have suffered financial problems this season, not helped by main sponsor Eric France going bust earlier this year. The club has faced a number of County Court Judgments and winding-up petitions.
Carter spent 15 years at Yorkshire Traction Group, working his way up the business to the role of Deputy Managing Director before the company was sold to the Stagecoach Group in 2005.
The 44-year-old will now take a more active role at the club and is excited at taking the position on.
“I’m looking forward to playing a more active role in the running of the club and continuing to work towards our primary objective of ensuring we are a Super League club when we become the anchor tenants of the Community Stadium at Newmarket,” he said.
“The club has come a very long way in a relatively short space of time under Spirit of 1873 Ltd, but we know there is still a long road ahead of us to get to where we want to be as a club and as a business. I’m excited to play my part in helping us get there.”