John Minards joins Wakefield board of directors

Drew Darbyshire

Wakefield have announced the appointment of John Minards as non-executive chairman.

Minards will take over a restructured board, working alongside chairman Michael Carter who continues thee day-to-day running of the club as chief executive.

On the appointment of Minards, Carter commented: “I am delighted to welcome John as chairman of our restructured board.

“He has been a shareholder for the past four years and his experience in the corporate world will bring additional levels of structure and governance as we take the club to the next level.

“John has been a constant source of advice over the last four years and becoming chairman will strengthen the club immeasurably.”

Minards added: “I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to take over as chairman of this great club.

“Having been born and bred in Wakefield and a committed supporter for over 40 years, this club is really in my blood. This is a very proud day for me.

“In my years following Trinity, I have seen a real rollercoaster of ups and downs but the progress we have seen in the past five years under Michael and Chris’ leadership has brought financial stability and a really exciting team on the field.

“The big challenge remaining is the move to a stadium fit for the 21stcentury and I am looking forward to focussing my efforts, working with Michael, to ensure that this is finally achieved.”

After five years with Wakefield, Chris Brereton has announced that he has decided to step down from his role.