Cambridge United today announced the appointment of Godric Smith to the Board of Directors and the engagement of Duncan Foyle as Finance Director. The Club also confirmed that there will be an external audit of the Club’s financial statements for the 2017/2018 financial year.
Shaun Grady, Director of Business said: “We are delighted to appoint Godric to the Board of Directors and that Duncan will be supporting us as Finance Director. Their qualities and skills will help strengthen the Board further following the recent addition of Ian Mather.
"Godric is a life-long supporter of Cambridge United since the 1970s and was one of the founder members of CFU. He brings significant communications experience from Government, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and now Inc, the company he co founded. Inc. have been a Club sponsor for several years and are an active supporter of the Club’s Community Trust work on mental health. Godric has been providing significant advice and support to the Board on a variety of issues for some time and it is terrific that we will now have access to Godric’s expertise and calm, measured good judgement as a fellow Director.
“Duncan brings very extensive financial experience to the Club. He has held multiple Finance Director positions across a variety of businesses and organisations over recent years. Duncan is part of an organisation called the FD Centre and will oversee the Club’s Finances and Finance Team on a part-time, remunerated basis. His appointment will bring additional rigour and discipline to the oversight of the Club’s financial and governance matters going forward."
Godric Smith said: "I am genuinely honoured to be asked to join the Board. Cambridge United has always been a big part of my life and I look forward to working together with the Board, partners, fans and everyone at the Club on what we all hope will be an exciting next chapter at the Abbey."
Duncan Foyle said: "I am looking forward to working with the Board and helping strengthen the Club’s financial oversight and governance. I have a strong affinity with CUFC as my son was a member of the Academy for several years. It is a great community club and we are all looking ahead to the start of the new season with confidence"
About Godric Smith:
Godric started his career in mental health campaigning in the 1980s before spending 15 years in Government communications as a civil servant, including 10 years in Downing Street. He was the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman from 2001-2004. He left to become Communications Director at London 2012 from 2006 to the end of the Games before co founding Inc in 2013. Inc is a communications, marketing and strategy consultancy based in London. Godric has been a Board Member of Cambridge Junction since 2013. He was awarded a CBE in 2004.
About Duncan Foyle:
Duncan spent the first fifteen years of his career in commercial and corporate banking at Lloyds TSB Group since when he has held various FD roles in the accounting, telecommunications, publishing, recruitment fuel and transport sectors, as well as establishing and running his own logistics and financial regulatory companies. Duncan currently acts as Finance Director to six small to medium size companies in a number of different business areas alongside his now supporting the Cambridge United Board.