Roger Bates is to step down from his role as Vice Chairman of Lincoln City Football Club on 30th June 2020.
Roger, who has held a number of roles at the Football Club during almost 20 years of voluntary service, has made the decision to step down to spend more time with his family, but will continue his association with the club by retaining his role as a director.
He became a fan watching The Imps in the 1960’s and first became active around the club during the administration period in 2002 by helping to raise funds.
Roger began to work with the board of directors in 2008, after becoming an associate director and a member of the Academy’s Youth Development Board.
Roger became a director in March 2011 and was accountable to the board for the running of the Academy until 2018, as well as undertaking a role on the Executive Committee at the club, before being elected Vice Chairman in June 2018.
“I’ve always intended to take this decision at this time. When I retired from work at 55 I agreed with my wife Deborah that I would concentrate on football for five years, she would concentrate on her interests, and we’d take stock again with the intention of living a more retired life than a working one after that. We got to that point recently and I still wanted to do as we originally thought. So, it’s been something in my mind for a long time.” Roger said.
“Being a member of ExCo and Vice Chairman can be quite time-consuming, but we’ve got some really good people on the board with good ideas and things have progressed so far from where the club was. So, as well as being a decision I wanted to make, I feel it is a good time to step back too.
“I’ve been volunteering in football for over 20 years, with Caythorpe & Fulbeck Junior Football Club before Lincoln City, and I’ve really enjoyed it. Deborah has been massively supportive of me and now’s the time for us to do more things together. But although I’m stepping down from my position as Vice Chairman, I’m not leaving the club. I will still be a director and whilst attending as many games as possible.”
Following on from Roger stepping down, the Board has appointed Jay Wright as the new Vice Chairman from the 1st July 2020. Jay is a lifelong fan who was first introduced to the Board back in 2014 by Roger and who subsequently contributed to the funding of the Youth Academy during the non-league years. Jay became a full member of the Board in the club’s National League winning year.