Wed 21st August 13 :

Wakefield Wildcats appoint new Chairman

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats owner Andrew Glover has appointed Michael Carter as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors at the club.

Following a review of the clubs governance, Carter, a shareholder since January 2012, has been rewarded for his investment and contribution to the Board by being appointed to the role of Chairman.

The 44-year old will take a more active role in the running of the club as a result, whilst Glover will focus on the launch of the new Wildcats Sport and Education Academy, the move to a new Community Stadium at Newmarket and Commercial sales.

Carter spent 15 years at Yorkshire Traction Group, working his way up the business to the role of Deputy Managing Director before the company was sold to the Stagecoach Group in 2005.

"I'm looking forward to playing a more active role in the running of the club and continuing to work towards our primary objective of ensuring we are a Super League club when we become the anchor tenants of the Community Stadium at Newmarket," said Carter.

"The club has come a very long way in a relatively short space of time under Spirit of 1873 Ltd., but we know there is still a long road ahead of us to get to where we want to be as a club and as a business. I'm excited to play my part in helping us get there."

Club owner Glover, who had been Chairman since buying the club in February 2011, says the Board of Directors were in agreement that a fresh perspective in the role would be beneficial to the club achieving its long term aims.

"Michael has given a lot both in terms of investment and his input into the running of the club, and we felt that the time was right that this was formally recognised with making him Chairman of the Board," commented Glover.

"We're entering a crucial period with the restructuring of the competition from 2015, the move to Newmarket and the launch of our Sport & Education Academy this September. It's important that we retain stability but also that there is someone who can come in with a slightly different perspective to ensure we continue to drive forward.

"My day-to-day involvement with the club won't alter dramatically but it will allow me to focus on a few key areas that are vital to us becoming a sustainable business, namely Newmarket and the Sport & Education Academy, both of which we're very excited about what they could mean to us as a club going forward."