Chairman Mike Garlick and new Vice-Chairman Barry Kilby discuss the latter's appointmentMike Garlick
Good evening everyone and welcome back to Turf Moor for tonight’s game.
I write tonight’s Boardroom notes in conjunction with Barry Kilby, who you may now know has been appointed as Vice Chairman of Burnley Football Club.
Offering Barry the role was something I have had in mind for some time now, and after a few months to adjust to the role of Chairman - after sharing that role with fellow Director John Banaszkiewicz for three years - I felt the time was right to appoint a deputy.
I was delighted that the decision was unanimously ratified at last Friday’s scheduled Board meeting and Barry will take up the new role immediately, while naturally continuing his role as a Director.
So why Barry? Well first and foremost he is a man well respected throughout the footballing world and the local community and was the obvious choice.
In his role here as Chairman for 13 years, he stabilised this club and provided a platform for us to take it forwards, so he also provides an able deputy.
I have worked with him now for nine years and in that time, I feel we understand and complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses very well.
So we already have an excellent working relationship and this is more of an extension of that.
It’s wonderful news that he is on the road to recovery following his well-documented health scare and I look forward to him continuing an active role in taking the club back to where we all want to be, in the Premier League.
I would first and foremost like to thank Mike for offering me the role and my fellow directors in approving the position.
As I am sure everyone will know I have had my health issues, which thankfully are now under control.
So I feel I am ready now to step back into the role and do whatever I can for this great club.
Mike initially put the proposal to me to become Vice Chairman a little while back and I think we will dovetail nicely.
Obviously I still live in the area and in that respect I think it was an ideal fit. However, the other members of the Board are also based locally, and I think that’s a big advantage as we all work well as a team.
I am proud of my continued involvement with the club.
I suppose it is a little strange going from Chairman to Board member to vice Chairman, but times move on and shareholdings change.
However, this club is right next to my heart and I will do whatever needs doing in whatever the role demands of me.
In closing, I am very proud of where Burnley Football Club is in the grand scheme of things.
Certainly right throughout football in this country, Burnley is being held up as an example of what can be achieved by running a club in the correct and appropriate manner.
Our aim, as a collective Board of Directors, is to continue that.
Enjoy the game
Mike and Barry