Godric Smith and Duncan Foyle to strengthen Cambridge United's board of directors
U's make two new additions
Cambridge United have made two appointments to strengthen their board of directors.
Lifelong U’s fan Godric Smith has joined the board of directors.
Smith started his career in mental health campaigning before spending 15 years in government communications as a civil servant, including 10 years in Downing Street.
He was the prime minister’s official spokesman from 2001 to 2004, and left to become communications director at London 2012 from 2006 to the end of the Games.
In 2013, he co-founded Inc which is a communications, marketing and strategy consultancy. Smith has also been a board member of Cambridge Junction since 2013.
“I am genuinely honoured to be asked to join the board,” said Smith. “Cambridge United has always been a big part of my life and I look forward to working together with the board, partners, fans and everyone at the club on what we all hope will be an exciting next chapter at the Abbey.”
Duncan Foyle has been engaged as finance director.
He spent the first 15 years of his career in commercial and corporate banking at Lloyds TSB Group. and he held various finance director roles in the accounting, telecommunications, publishing, recruitment, fuel and transport sectors.
Foyle has also established and run his own logistics and financial regulatory companies.
He acts finance director to six small to medium size companies in a number of different business areas.
“I am looking forward to working with the board and helping strengthen the club’s financial oversight and governance,” said Foyle.
“I have a strong affinity with CUFC as my son was a member of the academy for several years. It is a great community club and we are all looking ahead to the start of the new season with confidence.”
United’s director of business, Shaun Grady, welcomed the two new additions, who will assist in the overall governance of the club.
“We are delighted to appoint Godric to the board of directors and that Duncan will be supporting us as finance director,” he said.
“Their qualities and skills will help strengthen the board further following the recent addition of Ian Mather.
“Godric is a life-long supporter of Cambridge United since the 1970s and was one of the founder members of CFU.
“He brings significant communications experience from government, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and now Inc, the company he co-founded.
“Inc. have been a club sponsor for several years and are an active supporter of the club’s Community Trust work on mental health.
“Godric has been providing significant advice and support to the board on a variety of issues for some time and it is terrific that we will now have access to Godric’s expertise and calm, measured good judgement as a fellow director.’
“Duncan brings very extensive financial experience to the club. He has held multiple finance director positions across a variety of businesses and organisations over recent years.
“Duncan is part of an organisation called the FD Centre and will oversee the club’s finances and finance team on a part-time, remunerated basis.
“His appointment will bring additional rigour and discipline to the oversight of the club’s financial and governance matters going forward.”
United have also confirmed that there will be an external audit of the club’s financial statements for the 2017/18 financial year.