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Bristol City Chairman To Stand Down

Thu 3rd May 2012 | Football Club Management

Bristol City chairman, Colin Sexstone has announced he is to step down on May 31st to pursue other interests and will be succeeded by Keith Dawe, with the rest of the Board's constitution unchanged.

Sexstone, who joined the club in 2001 as chief executive from Gloucestershire Cricket Club said in a statement: "In full consultation with the Owner and Board of Directors of Bristol City Football Club, I have decided to step down as Executive Chairman of the club with effect from 31st May 2012.

"The new Board of Directors has settled in extremely well over the last 12 months and it is now clear that a full-time Executive Chairman is not required. After 16 and a half years working full time in professional sport, I will take this opportunity to explore new and different career paths, including working with my son in his Sports Business.”

The public face of Bristol City's battle to gain planning permission for their new stadium project, Sexstone campaigned vociferously for a 30,000 all-seater stadium to replace Ashton Gate.

He was also the driving force behind Bristol's bid to become a World Cup city for the 2018 tournament.

"It has been a huge pleasure and privilege to work for Bristol City FC over the last 11 and a half years and I wish the club every success in the future, especially regarding the new stadium at Ashton Vale in which I have been so deeply involved,” added Sexstone.

"I will of course, continue to support and help the club in any way possible."

The club's majority shareholder Steve Lansdown, said of the decision: "Colin can look back at his time with Bristol City with pride.

"To be stepping down as the club is entering its sixth consecutive season in the Championship is a great legacy, and I would personally like to thank him for all his hard work over the last 11 and a half years, in particular the blood, sweat and tears he has put into the new stadium project.

"I wish Colin all the best with his new ventures but I am sure he will still find room in his schedule to be at Ashton Gate from time to time, especially on matchdays!"

New chairman Dawe has been on the board since 1996 - joining at the same time as Lansdown commented: "I'm very proud to become chairman of the club. I look forward to working with the rest of the board, as I have done for the past 16 years, to continue the progress of this great football club."

Posted by: Aaron Gourley


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