Stevenage FC chief Alex Tunbridge to become Cambridge United’s new CEO
Cambridge United have announced that Alex Tunbridge will become their next chief executive officer in spring, joining from Stevenage FC, where he holds the same position.
He will replace current CEO Ian Mather, who has been in the role since July 2019 but will step down and rejoin the board at the end of the season.
Shaun Grady, chairman of the Cambridge United board, said: “We are very pleased to announce that Alex will be our next chief executive after a very thorough search and interview process involving people at every level of the club - owners, board members and staff from both the football and business side.
“We believe that Alex will be a great fit for Cambridge United and that his experience and energy will continue to help move the club forward.
“He will join us in April for a handover with current CEO Ian Mather at which time we will have the opportunity to thank and acknowledge Ian for the tremendous contribution he has made to the club over recent times.”
Tunbridge began his professional career at AFC Bournemouth as a young fans co-ordinator, then switched to Stevenage FC, establishing their foundation and managing over seven years.
He spent a year in the United States on various football projects, then joined the fan-owned Newport County AFC as CEO, overseeing a memorable spell there, during which the club dramatically avoided relegation from the EFL and enjoyed a number of successful FA Cup runs.
He rejoined Stevenage FC in 2018 as CEO and helped bring about the regeneration of its stadium, including the building of a new stand funded by equity raises.
The club benefitted from several high-profile commercial deals, including partnerships with Burger King and Amazon Prime Gaming.
He has overseen the club’s award-winning community work during the pandemic and was recently appointed to the FA’s Judicial Panel.
Mather stepped down from the U’s board in 2019 to become CEO on an interim basis, but agreed to extend his time in the role for two further years, helping the club navigate the pandemic and settle into life in League One following promotion.