Adrian Bevington and Lee Rust have assumed official roles on the Pools board of directors as non-executive director and senior advisor respectively.
Rust has worked in an advisory role at the club for the past year, helping with a variety of off-field matters, including supporting manager Dave Challinor and helping secure a partnership with Durham University which has seen the pitch from drive move to the state of the art Maiden Castle. .
His new official role at Victoria Park as a senior advisor will focus on the club’s long-term business strategy to help establish a more sustainable Hartlepool United.
Rust told the club’s website: “It has been a real privilege to work with Hartlepool United over the past year and something that I have really enjoyed. The club enjoys truly remarkable support from the part of his fans, staff and president and he has so much potential, I look forward to helping the club further harness that potential and take the next steps on the journey.
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Bevington’s experience in football includes his work at the FA, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough as well as UEFA, Welsh FA and others.
His primary role as a non-executive director at Pools will be to support issues “in an advisory capacity” to help the club re-establish its academy and recruiting setup.
Bevington said: “With such a sense of positivity around the club, I am delighted that Raj has asked me to join Hartlepool United as a non-executive director.
“Watching the games has been great with the fantastic atmosphere the fans generate in Victoria Park and away. This, combined with the exceptional work of Dave Challinor, his staff and the squad, has given the club a superb performance. bases on which to build.
“I hope I can use my experience and connections in the game to support Raj [Singh], Lee, Dave, Stephen [Hobin] and all the loyal and hardworking staff to help continue this positive momentum. “
Chairman Raj Singh commented: “I think the formal appointments of Lee and Adrian are further proof that people are starting to believe in this club and what it can accomplish.
Lee and I have spoken at length over the past year about strengthening the board in key positions for longer term goals.
“Lee’s track record in professional sports, business development and facility development is evident. He has worked quietly and professionally behind the scenes for the past 12 months, dedicating a lot of hours and he has done a terrific job for us in some key areas including with the manager contract. I am delighted to secure it to move forward.
“I am also delighted to welcome Adrian to the club again. Football people will probably know Adrian and I really think it’s a huge blow for a league two club to get someone of their caliber and with their contacts.
“He’s a big football fan and wants to get involved to help and make a difference. He was at the Rangers game last week, then Newcastle against Leeds on Friday, then went to Oldham with me on Saturday – you won’t don’t cover them. sort of miles unless you like the game! “