ROCHDALE HORNETS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mark Wynn - Director
I am a lifelong Rochdale Hornets and Rugby League fan.
I have been honoured to serve on the board since the inception of the Hornets' Supporter Owned Club. I have had the even greater privilege of being the Chairman for the majority of that time.
My role covers several aspects, but some of my core duties are liasing with Head Coach John Stankevitch, being the link between the board and the office, being a point of contact for supporters, sponsors, and partners as well as various bodies and groups. As well as keeping an overview of the financial performance of the club. I organise several of the Hornets off-field activities with the help of friends and family, such as the Twenty20 Cricket Challenge and the 90th anniversary trip. I also take the lead on the Social Media part of what Hornets do.
I suppose the areas I am most proud of are the stability the club has experienced whilst I have been Chair, and the successful bid for the Fiji v Ireland game in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, which I took the lead on.
Alongside my work at Hornets I am active within the local amateur game through the Hornets' Supporters' Team, the Rochdale Swarm.
Walter Tann - Lead Nurse (Surgical Specialities) RMCH
I was first introduced to RL at the Willows and Station Road. I've supported Rochdale Hornets for the past 27 years and was an original member of the Hornets' Nest Egg. From there I was invited to join the Steering Group which went on to form our current Co-operative status. I am extremely proud to be a part owner in Britain's first supporter owned Professional RL club.
My involvement in the club to date has been varied. Appointed as Vice Chair in 2012 I am also the chair of the membership sub-committee. I am involved in pre-match dining and all things catering and have been involved in numerous fundraising events. One of my main responsibilities has been player welfare ensuring that we have the appropriate resources to maintain their safety on match day. I oversee all medical provision within the club; manage the medical room and co-ordinate player head tests etc. As we move forward to 2013 one of my new challenges will be working with the Stadium Co.
Born and bred in Rochdale I am married to Gail with 2 children Arron and Megan. In my professional life I am the Lead Nurse for Surgical Specialities at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital managing 114 surgical beds and the OP department.
I'm always happy to meet people so if members or supporters have any issues, tips or advice let me know. This is our club and we are in it together.
Julie Clarke - Deputy Head Teacher Falinge High School
I have been involved with Hornets for over 20 years now having been introduced to rugby league by my husband. I had never really seen much rugby league until that point - I think it's safe to say that the best thing I knew about was the Eddie Wareing said "up and under" and"he's going for an early bath"! Now, I can say very many things about this, my chosen sport, as many of you can testify.
Once started, I took to rugby league and Hornets like a duck to water. It wasn't long before I was helping out on match days under the club's former incarnation. I did a variety of things from running the shop to making the PA announcements. When the club fell into difficulty, I became a member of the steering group that worked hard together. I've been on the Board since our first elections and continue to serve the club whatever way I can.
Lynda Falstaff - Heavy Goods Driver
I am often known as 'Arabella' and I am relatively new to Rugby League, although I did play on the wing whe I was at High School. I have lived in Rochdale for over 20 years now, having moved here from Birkenhead via London. I have a partner David who has been a Hornets supporter for over 40 years.
On a professional level I drive mid-weight trucks whilst out and about constantly try to raise the profile of Hornets to the busineeses that I deliver to. In my spare time when I am not watching Hornets I am a keen gardener following 'the good life' and growing my own fruit and veg.
My visions for Hornets is to see them play at a high level whilst continuing to use a sustainable fiscal model.
Jon Geldard - Owner - Geldard Electrical Supplies Ltd
A local business man born and bred in the Rochdale area with a real passion for sport. I have been involved with Littleborough RU club for a number of years. As a result of being a guest at two of the Hornets home games last season I gradually became involved with Hornets firstly as a match sponsor and more recently becoming more interested in helping Hornets achieve theit ultimate aspiration to become a Championship Club. The Board of Directors approached me and invited me to join the Board, I was delighted to accept and recently was co-opted onto the Board.
I hope that over te coming months I will be able to bring to the club a number of conacts through my business networks to Hornets who I anticipate will be able to assist us achieving our ultimate aim - promotion to the Championship League.
Wendy Hamer - Team Leader
In my professional life, I have for the last 13yrs worked for Healey Care, and I am team leader at the day service, supporting adults with learning disabilities, and challenging behaviour which although demanding is such a rewarding job. I am Shawforth born and bred have 2 children Sarah and James and, my partner Jon. We live in Shawforth. I love to read, and have many other interests.
Since coming to Hornets, I have been involved with some of the many fund raisers, and the children's Christmas party, also running the supporters bus, and have made a great many friends.
I want to see Rochdale Hornets promoted, and want us to be winners both on, and off the pitch, also to encourage more people to the games especially youngsters. I will work hard with the other directors to achieve this
Barry Shaw - Partner of Shaw Mitchell
In my professional life, I am a partner of Shaw Mitchell, Accountants and Business Advisors based in Milnrow.
I advise a small portfolio of clients on their accountancy and financial matters and provide a number of the firm's larger clients with support on their strategic and business development. In this role, it's important to get really involved and to take a deep interest in their business, as it's not just about crunching the numbers.
Away from work, I am pleased to volunteer my financial and business experience advising several local charities and youth organisations which I find extremely satisfying, and I am pleased that I have been able to provide assistance with the financial aspects of Hornets and to support the Club in its quest for greater success, both on and off the field.
Born and bred in Rochdale, I am married to Paula who also actively supports Hornets and together we have two teenage sons. Away from rugby, I am also passionate about football and have been involved in coaching local youth teams and am a past chairman of Hopwood Juniors Football Club.
In order to counter my love of cooking and eating, I am also a reluctant gym goer and walker!