Woking FC can confirm that at a board meeting today, Mike Smith (pictured) has been appointed Interim Chairman, subject to FA clearance following the resignation of the current Chairman Chris Ingram, until the club holds an AGM in September 2011.
Mike, age 54, was a senior manager at Woking Borough Council (WBC) for many years before retiring four years ago. He and all his family have supported the football club for many years. During his time at WBC he worked very closely with the football club and was heavily involved in the council's sponsorship of the club as well as being instrumental in the opening of the Leslie Gosden Stand. He also worked on various testimonial committees, including Kevan Brown's.
Commenting on his appointment, Mike said: "I am hugely flattered and honoured to have been asked by Chris Ingram to become Chairman of this great football club. Having followed the Cards for many years, the club is very close to my heart and I believe exciting times lie ahead. I have three main aims to pursue during my interim appointment. Firstly, to ensure the club operates as a going concern and carefully manages the new relationship of landlord and tenant that will exist when the agreement regarding the use of the ground is signed with outgoing Chairman Chris Ingram; secondly to help to ensure the football club gets the best possible team out on the pitch within the club's financial means; thirdly, to improve the facilities to take the club forward into the future. I look forward with great enthusiasm to working with all the staff and supporters to ensure a successful future for Woking FC."