David Williams, Chairman of Geldards, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Derby County Football Club.
In an announcement made by the club on Wednesday 31st May, David was confirmed as one of the three new Non-Executive Director appointments along with Roy McFarland, former Derby County player and club legend, and John Kirkland, Chairman of Bowmer & Kirkland Group and former Derby County Club President. All three appointments take place with immediate effect.
As well as being recognised as one of the regions preeminent and high profile legal advisors, David’s commercial acumen and dedication to the region is reflected in a number of other high profile appointments. These include his recent appointment as Chair of the strategic advisory group for the Derby-Nottingham Metro Strategy 2030, Vice-Chairman of Derby College, Board Member of D2N2 LEP and Chair of Derby Renaissance Board.
Commenting on the appointment, David said;
“I was privileged and honoured to receive the call from Mel Morris, asking if I would agree to become a director. Having lived and worked in the region for such a long time, I know what the football club means to the wider community. I am acutely aware that with the privilege comes the responsibility of trying to help ensure that the club delivers the success the fans deserve. Nothing is ever certain in sport, but as a long-term fan myself, I recognise that success – on and off the field – is the ingredient we are working for.”
Derby County Chairman Mel Morris said:
“I am absolutely delighted that David, John and Roy have agreed to join the Board. The Geldards team has provided corporate and legal advice to many of my businesses for two decades. As Chairman of Geldards, David has been a sage and trusted advisor at key moments. I am sure that David's knowledge, pragmatism and experience will be of great benefit to us. As a long-term Rams supporter David shares our quest for success.”