Centurions make boardroom changes ahead of new season

Leigh Centurions chairman Michael Norris
Leigh Centurions chairman Michael Norris
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KINGSTONE Press Championship Champions Leigh Centurions have made some major changes in the boardroom ahead of the 2015 season.

The shake-up was needed according to chairman Michael Norris who paid tribute to outgoing board members including Trevor Barton and Alan Platt.

Mr Norris said: “Despite winning Club of the Year, at Leigh Centurions we are aware that we need to continue to evolve our off-field operations in order to maintain our drive for Super League. To this end I am implementing a number of changes to our structures.”

Daniel Carty has been appointed commercial director while club historian Mike Latham becomes media and communications director.

Coach Paul Rowley’s dad Allan becomes operations director.

Steve Openshaw is now acting chief executive officer with Derek Beaumont continuing his role as head of rugby.

“I believe this new structure will allow us to compete at the highest level with clubs that have a much bigger support team than Leigh Centurions, whilst also keeping our cost base to a minimum,” said Norris who took over the role from John Roddy midway through last season.

Norris added: “I wish to place on record my personal thanks and gratitude to those other members of the former board of Management and I am confident they will continue to support the Club in many ways.

“Neil Wilcock has ended up giving more of his time to the cause than was originally expected and I am delighted to know that he will be there as a fan, sponsor and sounding board for next season and beyond, while Trevor Barton will continue to lead his Foundation which does great work in our local area.

“Alan Platt and Jackie Mottershead have been stalwarts of the club and brought great stability to the set up at a time when calm heads were needed.

“I will be forever grateful to them for this and look forward to seeing them running the Touchdown Club again next season.

“In recognition of his fine service to the club Alan Platt has been made a Life Member and I am delighted to say that he has accepted this great honour with his customary grace and modesty.”