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Exeter City board of directors

Julian Tagg
Club president and director of external affairs

Julian Tagg went to Ladysmith School, Exeter College and has an education degree from St Lukes, Exeter University. Subsequently, he lectured in physical education at Exeter College for 20 years specialising in sports psychology before retiring to concentrate on his property business and his children’s summer camp educational provision.

He began coaching football, gaining the FA Preliminary Coaching Badge (B Licence equivalent) at 19 years old. His connection to Exeter City was initially as a supporter aged nine, ball boy aged 12 and was signed by John Newman aged 15 to play Western League. After University and a spell with Exmouth Town, Julian returned to City to play and manage the seserves for one season until his playing career was finally halted by a serious knee injury aged 23.

Ten years on he was recruited to run the first-ever Exeter City under-12 team, that evolved into the conception of the current academy. Julian coached that team, which included Dean Moxey, through to under-16 whilst developing the whole academy, alongside Eammon Dolan, from 15 boys into 200.

When the Trust became the majority shareholder Julian stepped up into the boardroom becoming vice chair, his motivation then as now, to ensure that the youth programme firstly was not closed down and secondly thrived. At the same time he became, and remains, the Chairman of Football in the Community.

After a two-year spell as acting chief executive, Julian was appointed executive director (football) in Autumn 2013.

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Richard Pym
Club board chairman

Richard, who has been a key figure in British retail and banking, was appointed as club board chairman in July 2020.

A retailer by background – he was an executive director of the Burton Group in the 1980s and early 1990s and was also a director of Selfridges and chairman of Halfords. He was subsequently chief executive of Alliance & Leicester and has chaired bank boards in the UK, Ireland and Sweden. Additionally, Richard worked with the UK Government when he was chairman of UK Asset Resolution until 2016. He was awarded a CBE in 2015 and is still active in banking in London.

But it’s his surname which will be of interest to Exeter City fans – for Richard is the grandson of former Exeter City goalkeeper Dick Pym, who signed to Exeter City from Topsham and went on to play a remarkable 186 consecutive games for the club. He was sold to Bolton Wanderers in 1921 for £5,000 - at the time a world record sum for a goalkeeper. The proceeds of the sale enabled Exeter City to buy St James Park.

Richard, who divides his time between London and Exeter, first attended a city match as a teenager with his father, another Richard, who played for the British Army football team in the 1940s.

Nick Hawker
Trust Board chairman

Nick has supported the Club since 1969 when, after watching the Grecians lose 2-1 to Port Vale (September 27, 1969), just a few days later attended a midweek game against Swansea City (October 1, 1969), which resulted in a 6-0 win. After 40 years working in the newspaper industry, mostly in technology, he retired and, looking for something to fill the time, he became Trust secretary in 2012, a position that he held for four years. After a brief hiatus in 2016, Nick returned as a co-opted trustee in 2017 and was elected by the membership in 2017, and then as chairman to the Trust that November. Nick can be contacted via the Trust email address:  enquiries@weownexetercityfc.co.uk or nick.hawker1392@gmail.com.

 

Keith Mason
Finance director

Keith Mason arrived at Exeter City in the summer of 2015 to take over the position of finance director from Steve Williams.

He has worked for South West Highways since 1995, where he is also the finance director, and is responsible for IT, insurance and fleet as well as handling elements of HR.

On arriving at the club, Keith said: "I am delighted to be joining Exeter City at such an exciting time – I have grown very attached to the club since I moved to Devon 27 years ago and it is a pleasure to be involved. I hope that by working with the rest of the board I can help continue to improve the finances, and hopefully that will benefit the club on the pitch and give the supporters some exciting times ahead."

Elaine Davis
Director

Elaine was co-opted onto the Trust Board in January 2014 and onto the club board in 2015. A prominent member of the East Devon Grecians, Elaine has experience of fundraising, having run Grecian Goal for several years (if you’d like to join us please get in touch), as well as leading on the Light Up the Park campaign.

Elaine has worked at a local school for many years and enjoys meeting current and former students on the Big Bank.

Peter Holding
Director

Peter was first elected to the Trust Board in October 2009 and brings his skills from his legal profession with him to the Trust Board; he is a season ticket holder on the Thatchers' Big Bank.

He leads the finance and governance working group and is a member of the group. Peter is also a representative of the Trust on Club Board the standing joint board finance committee.

David Clough
Commercial Director

David is an accomplished sales and marketing senior executive who has generated growth and unlocked revenue opportunities in competitive markets. Working in highly regulated sectors across the UK, Europe and further he has a proven entrepreneurial record in helping businesses grow and has extensive general management experience with over 35 years in commercial environments, with many of those at board level. 

David initially moved to Devon in 2017, at age 55, ostensibly to retire, enjoy all that Devon has to offer and go sailing - he's a qualified yachtmaster. However, a few months later he was introduced to some members of the ECFC board and after enjoying their hospitality for a couple of games was asked to undertake a couple of small tasks and was set to work. David wrote the Supporters' Trust survey last September and analysed the results with the help of the business school at the University of Exeter. Following that and the presentation of the results at the Trust AGM, David was fully introduced to the board and was asked to consider the role of commercial director. 

So, David is a recent convert to our football club but his marketing and commercial skills and experience will be hugely beneficial for us as we move forward and continue the success of our club.

Clive Harrison
Director

Clive was elected to the Trust Board in 2016 and to the club board as a Trust appointed director in 2018 having previously been involved with Exeter City as a volunteer with the Junior Grecians.

He spent over 20 years in the hotel and catering industry in general manager roles and more recently has owned several online businesses. Once he settled in Devon in 2008 it was the Trust ownership model that ignited his interest in Exeter City. Clive moved to Clyst St Mary in 2013, purchased his first season ticket and joined the Trust.  

Clive is a member of the ownership working group and communications, engagement group and is working on the establishment of a Trust Youth Council for 14 to 23-year-old supporters. On match days he can often be found in the Family Zone which he helped to establish with the support of the Trust board. He looks after the Junior Grecians social media channels as well as being the ball boy/girl administrator. 

Clive is happy to discuss anything Exeter City, Trust or junior/youth/family supporter related and to give supporters a tour of our new family facilities.

Andrew Rothwell

Director

Andrew Rothwell is a partner at Ashfords LLP, one of the top 100 UK law firms.

He trained and qualified in local government, joining the firm in 1989. His practice area is development and regeneration, acting for private developers, landowners and local authorities.

Andrew is a member of the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust and has been a Big Bank season ticket holder for a number of years and regularly attends home games. He worked closely with fellow board member David Lee on the recent redevelopment scheme which saw the land behind the Big Bank being developed for student accommodation and the building of the new Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand.

He has also acted for the club in other property-related matters. His passion for the club and aspirations to see it succeed have led to him joining the Board of Directors.

Andrew says: ‘I’m delighted to be involved with the club, where we can draw on my years of property development experience to help in contribute to a sustainable model for our club.’