The Board of Directors at Bury FC are delighted to announce that we have appointed Karl Evans as the new Chief Exec at Gigg Lane.
Karl, who will join the club on Monday, 23rd January, joins us with a wealth of experience having worked at Manchester United for 26 years. For the last 10 years Karl's role was Director of Venue at Old Trafford and served on the Group Executive Board under David Gill, as part of this group they directed on all functions across the business i.e. Commercial / Communications / Media / Finance and Football Operations.
Karl was responsible for Ticketing, Catering, Venue Development, Fan Experience, Hospitality Sales and fulfilment (Seasonal and Match Day), Museum and Tour Centre, Call Centre, Membership Scheme, Venue Marketing, Security and Stewarding, Non Match day events and fulfilment, Car Parking and Concerts whilst at Manchester United.
Amongst some of the key successes’ Karl achieved whilst at Old Trafford was achieving First place in FAPL mystery shopping programme taking it from 20th in the Premier League, achieving record season ticket sales in record time, planning and operationally managing three major concerts at Old Trafford and doubling the visitor numbers to the Museum and Tour Centre in 3 years.
Karl Evans commented:
“I moved to Prestwich when I was 6 years old, I went to school there and lived in Whitfield until eight years ago-now I live in Rossendale, so this area of North Manchester is very special to me.
“Bury FC were the first professional club I regularly watched in the 1970’s, I have a natural affection for the club and hence a deep passion for it to be successful. I have continued to attend when commitments have allowed over the years and my first ever footballing hero was Derek Spence.
“I was thrilled to get the call to go in to Gigg Lane and have a chat, I have been monitoring the progress at the club over the last three years and was intrigued to know more about it and the people behind it. I have worked in football for 28 years and never met a more committed person than the Chairman, with regards to making a football club successful, and I instantly bought into what he had to say and was subsequently honoured to be offered the position as Chief Executive of this historic club.
“My role, using my experiences gained mainly at Manchester United, will be to drive the club forward with the Chairman, looking at how we can improve facilities, integrate more into the local community and improve the overall match day experience for fans so that Bury FC can become a self-sustainable club with increased attendances and making Bury FC a viable proposition for local businesses to engage with.
“I don’t want fans to think I'm coming to make Bury into a corporate monster, I have spent the last 18 months working with a non-league club with League ambitions which involved lots of research and time visiting clubs that play in EFL Divisions One and Two so I understand the challenges, hurdles and potential pitfalls so will always be respectful and mindful of the clubs position and fans.
“I am a massive believer in communicating with fans and fully intend to talk to as many as I can either in group sessions or individually in my first few months to understand their feelings about the club and how we can take it forward together. I am just excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to get started on 23rd January”.
Meanwhile, Chairman Stewart Day said: “I am delighted that Karl has come on board, with Bury Football Club, as we look to take the club into the next chapter of this journey and with the ambitions of what we have for the club to progress, Karl's experience will be invaluable to help get the vision of where we want to take the club too.
I would also like to thank both Glenn Thomas and Ian Kendall for their roles as CEO in previous years. Glenn will remain as Vice Chairman, looking after the new Stadium and existing development on Gigg Lane in driving this forward, and Ian will remain as Director looking after Safeguarding and HR.