Leading the field: Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett
Chairman, Gateshead FC. Est. 1930 (re-established 1977)

Background

My background is in environmental chemistry and I run DETS, a laboratory that offers site investigation and exploration services. I got involved in Gateshead FC after sponsoring the club in 2014. Nothing prepares you for football, as most business decisions go out of the window in the pursuit of success.

Club’s essence

The club is an evolving family-friendly club at the heart of the community.

Finance

The club is financed by me and my wife, Julie.

Biggest obstacle

Reaching out to the clubs local fan base.

Greatest achievement

Reaching the play-off final in 2013/14 and almost gaining promotion to the football league.

Future plans
Sustainability – ensuring the club is financially stable while still being ambitious.

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