Experienced Man To Take Tring Athletic Helm

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Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division club Tring Athletic have announced that Howard Wells OBE has been appointed as chairman with effect from September 2017.

Wells has held six chief executive positions in sport throughout his career, two of which were in Hong Kong where he spent fifteen years.

He has worked in three CEO roles in professional football, at Watford and Ipswich Town, when both achieved Premier League status.

Howard Wells OBE

He spent four years as CEO of the Irish FA up to 2008 and has worked as a Match Commissioner for FIFA during two World Cup tournaments.

In Hong Kong he worked for TVB as a pundit during four World Cups from 1982 to 1994.

He was the first CEO of UK Sport and was instrumental in encouraging government to switch lottery funding from facility projects to athletes. He has Chaired the Sport and Recreation Alliance, several business projects and is currently Chairing Adastra Sport Management and Futsal Focus.

He is a Visiting Lecturer at Bucks New University and has Chaired the University’s Business Advisory Group. He was awarded the OBE for Services to Sport.

Asked to comment, Wells said: “My football career started at Tring Athletic when I was fourteen and I thought it important to put something back into the local game, at a time when the club is moving forward with clear ambitions”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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