In May we announced that Mike Brown would be stepping down as a director of York City Football Club after a period of transition to the new ownership structure. Mike’s final day was 18th September 2023, and his role on the club board has now been filled by Trust Treasurer James Daniels on an interim basis.

Mike was first appointed to the club board in 2003 and has stepped forward to help whenever the club has need him. Most recently Mike was re-appointed to the club board in 2021 to act as Marketing Director, and played a crucial role in facilitating the sale of the majority shareholding in the club to Matt & Julie Anne Uggla. We whole-heartedly thank Mike for all he has done for York City.

Speaking about his departure from the club board, Mike said: 

“It has been a great honour to serve the football club and our supporters in various roles over the past 21 years. With four takeovers, the move to the new stadium and some very complex legal challenges there have been many highs and lows along the way. Although I will always support the club in any way I can, it now feels like the right time to focus on my own family, business and health. I would like to thank all the amazing club and Trust colleagues and many supporters who have worked closely with me over the years. We have an incredibly special football club and I wish our new custodians every success in taking the club forward. CTID.”

In accordance with Trust rules the Trust board voted unanimously to appoint James Daniels to fill its vacated seat on the club board. James has been a City fan since 1974, and was elected to the Trust board in August, taking on the role of Treasurer. He is a qualified Management Accountant who has worked across various businesses including Chelsea Football Club (where he was responsible for the accounts for the merchandise department, the website/media and the new health club). James will serve on the club board until the Trust’s comprehensive search for a permanent replacement is completed.

Speaking about the role, James remarked: 

“It’s an honour to be asked to help the club I support, especially at this exciting time with the new owners. I am looking forward to getting to know Matt and Julie Anne and helping deliver their vision for York City.” 

Speaking about James’ appointment, Trust chairman Seth Sowerby commented: 

“The Trust’s representatives on the club board play a crucial role, safeguarding the future of the club and working with other board members to oversee the operation of the club. Finding the right person for the role is essential, as is identifying the correct blend of expertise necessary for a balanced board. James brings valuable skills and experience from his career in business, working in football and beyond. We are very fortunate that he can fill the post on an interim basis while we recruit a permanent successor to the role.”