Norfolk FA are delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Carpenter as the Association’s new Chief Executive.
Matt will succeed outgoing CEO Gavin Lemmon who has held the position for the past four seasons and will now embark on a new journey of his own, having been recently appointed as Regional Manager at The FA.
Currently in the role of Head of Football Services, Matt will commence his tenure as Chief Executive in the coming weeks, starting a new chapter in his time at Norfolk FA which already spans an impressive 12 years.
Norfolk FA Chairman, Michael Banham who led the recruitment process commented: “Although we had some strong candidates for the position of our new CEO, continuity was at the forefront of our decision to make sure the great work left by Gavin will continue. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Gavin over the last four years and his commitment to Norfolk FA for the last sixteen years has been exemplary. I wish him every success in his new role with The FA as Eastern Regional Manager which will include Norfolk FA.
“Matt Carpenter, who has been with Norfolk FA for twelve years, will be moving up from his present position of Head of Football Services to take on the mantle and I very much look forward to continuing our solid working relationship, albeit within a different role.
“Matt’s knowledge, insight and dedication to Norfolk FA, to football in our County, and to everyone who knows him is impeccable; and I quote a line from his interview - “football is his life!”, and that I can’t argue against.”
Speaking of his excitement for the future, Matt added: “I am delighted to have been selected for the role and am excited by the new challenge. Gavin has done a fantastic job throughout his time with Norfolk FA and especially in the role of CEO over the past four years and he leaves the Association in a really good place.
“I am looking forward to working with our board, council, staff, stakeholders and everybody involved in the Norfolk Football community in delivering our new strategy, which we will be launching shortly as we continue to support and develop grassroots football throughout the county.”
Everyone at Norfolk FA would like to place on record our thanks to Gavin for his service to the Association and wish him the best of luck for the future.
In what’s now an exciting time for Norfolk FA off the back of a successful summer for the Men’s National Team, we hope the Norfolk Football community can get behind Matt and our wider workforce in sharing our optimism for what can be a hugely positive period for the grassroots game.