Boreham Wood Football Club are delighted to announce it has a new Chief Executive Officer in local man and former player Charlie Hunter.
Charlie has been working closely with the Club Chairman for six years but much closer over the past 14-months, after gaining a first-class business degree from American University in Washington, DC.
In line with the Club’s recruitment policy in recent years of promoting from within, Charlie has now been promoted following a prolonged period overseeing our growing charitable and community departments, whilst also working closely with Finance Director Ciara Dyer and our Commercial Executive Mandee Morris.
Charlie, though only 26-years-old, has a long and rich history with Boreham Wood FC, having played and captained our academy to National titles, played for the First Team, taken up successful roles within our community and youth set ups, before moving to the United States to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.
In 2012, Charlie graduated from the Boreham Wood FC PASE Academy having made over 50 appearances at Conference South level during a two-year period with the Club. At the time he was the youngest BWFC player to represent the Club at Conference level, while also representing both England Independent Schools and England Colleges at International level.
It was those England appearances which helped Charlie to receive a number of full scholarship offers from Universities from across the United States, before he decided to commit to American University in Washington, DC on a full soccer scholarship. American University has a renowned business school, in the Kogod School of Business, and is known stateside as a top 20 business school.
Since graduating, Charlie worked for an Investment Fund for a short period, before declining a number of offers within the finance sector both domestically and in the United States to pursue his passion of working within the family businesses and the football industry.
Upon the appointment, Chairman Danny Hunter commented: “I’m happy that Charlie has decided to accept my offer. He’s loyal, he’s smart, he’s hard working and when dealing with me, he’s already shown what a bright guy he is.
“I’ll still continue to run the club in the normal way, but I do like to promote from within, and he gets the Club. As any father should when allowing a son into his world, I have made him over an intermittent 6 year period start at the very bottom. He’s had to work his way up, through the community, the function and the academy departments, while working toward his first class degree. So he now understands what hard work is, the way I work, the way the club works, the standards I expect from him and how we work operationally at every level.”
New Chief Executive Officer Charlie Hunter commented on his appointment: “I’m delighted to be entrusted with an opportunity like this with all of its responsibilities. This is a football club that I hold dear to my heart, as it is my father’s club and my grandfather managed here back in the 60’s and 70’s. In truth it also gave me the spring board in football to achieve what I have in recent years, so to be this offered this opportunity to repay the club in this capacity is a privilege.
“The Chairman has commented in board meetings, programme notes and press releases, that he has never really needed to operate with a Chief Executive because he’s always taken those responsibilities upon himself. So, it gives me a quiet confidence that he trusts me not only with the position, but the responsibility. I look forward to immersing myself within the new role in weeks and months to come, as we look to build another competitive side in preparation for an improved 2019/20 season.”