New Essex County FA Chairman Voted In At AGM
Thu 14th Jun 2012 | Football Governance
New Chairman Alec Berry hopes to “support member clubs and leagues and help them play the game we all love” after he succeeded the retiring Eddie Rhymes at the Essex County Football Association’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 7th June at Essex Record Office in Chelmsford.
Grays-based Alec has taken on Ryhmes’ responsibilities. Since the AGM, former Cups & Competitions Director David Threadgold has been elected as Vice-Chairman. Vacancies for David’s Cups role, as well as that of Directors of Referees, will be filled at a forthcoming meeting.
At a May council gathering, Rhymes thanked his colleagues for their support during the year and believed all decisions during that time were made in the best interests of football in the County. At that meeting a vote took place which lined-up Alec as the Chairman after the AGM.
Berry’s first involvement in the Essex County FA was as an officer at disciplinary commissions until he was elected to represent the Thurrock area on Council in 2000, replacing Ted Fairchild who became Vice-Chairman.
He soon became Director for Referees, then Vice-Chairman himself in 2011. Refereeing has been a major influence in his life and he’s worked alongside several refereeing staff at the Essex County FA including Les Ives, Terry Thacker and, most recently, James Lisher.
“I take an active interest in all aspects of the grassroots game and there are many past and present members to whom I’m extremely grateful for their fantastic advice and support,” Berry explained.
“I look forward to driving the Essex County FA forward, supporting the members and staff with the day-to-day challenges of grassroots football.
“That includes ensuring we meet our commitment to the Development Plan for football in Essex and the requirements of the articles of the association.
“We’ll listen and support our member clubs and leagues, helping them play the game we all love. I think we have many challenges and changes in the coming years but, with the board, council and staff working together, we can achieve our goals so the football family continues to thrive.”
Elsewhere, there were two new faces welcomed onto council at the AGM. Louise Brown from Great Oakley near Colchester replaced David Hughes as the Youth Representative for the Tendring, Braintree, Colchester and Maldon region.
Barry Fitzgerald of Romford is the new Open-Age Representative for the London Boroughs of Havering, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Waltham Forest and Newham, filling the position previously held by Peter Turner.
Commenting on his new role, Fitzgerald said: “I’m very much looking forward to representing the Essex County FA, and maybe bringing new ideas to the table. I feel grassroots football has diminished over the years, with the costs of pitches getting more and more expensive, forcing some clubs out of business.”
Louise was also proud to be included, adding: “I think these are very exciting times. This is my eighth season involved in youth football as a parent. During this time I’ve held the positions of Club Secretary, League Fixture Secretary, League Secretary and currently League Referee Appointment Secretary.
“I’m looking forward to assisting our leagues and clubs with the transition to more ‘child friendly’ football following the recently announced changes.”
(Image: New Chairman Alec Berry (left), being welcomed by the retiring Eddie Rhymes)
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