FC Isle of Man announce that Gary Weightman has stepped down as Chairperson of the club.
Gary has been in the ‘Chair’ since the Raven’s inception in October 2019 and has been a prominent public face for the club during its first year of operation. Gary has also played an important role in overseeing key regulatory requirements that the club have had to comply with in becoming a member of the North West Counties League. In addition Gary’s contribution in discussions with the Isle of Man Government in ensuring our ability to play at the Bowl have also been vital.
While Gary might be resigning as Chairman, he is not leaving the club and he will now join our media team and fulfil his real passion, photography, and he will take up the role of official club photographer, as he explains.
The club is in such a good place at the moment, but I feel that it’s time to move aside and allow it to perhaps bring in someone better equipped and experienced in undertaking its public face.
It’s been a challenging but rewarding last twelve months and I am proud of how far we’ve come in such a short period of time. I’ve enjoyed the challenges behind the scenes, especially in working with the Isle of Man Government and the appropriate minsters towards getting a deal in place for us to use the Bowl. That was rewarding because it’s so crucial to everything we do.
It’s not as if I am going away though. There’s still plenty of administration that is required and I will be helping with that where needed, but mainly I just want to get back to concentrating on the photography. Anybody that knows me will know I am happiest crouched on some football pitch with camera in hand. It’s what I do best and I can’t wait for the club to start playing.
FC Isle of Man Sporting Director Paul Jones stated his appreciation for Gary’s contribution to date.
Gary has been a well-known and well respected figure within our football community for a long time now. Knowing how passionate he is about providing players on the Isle of Man with challenging competition opportunities made a conversation with him a priority when we first started this project. The fact he has been our first Chair and performed those duties with enthusiasm and integrity in his dealing with key stakeholders on behalf of the club speaks volumes of the man.
Everyone at FC Isle of Man would like to put on record their appreciation of Gary’s work as Chairperson and we look forward to him continuing to work with us in a slightly different but equally important way.
FC Isle of Man will make an announcement on Gary’s replacement as Chairperson in the next few days.