Derby County Ladies Football Club

Commercial Director Appointment Excites CEO Duncan Gibb

Derby County Ladies have confirmed the appointment of Neil Jackson to the clubs board as their new Commercial Director following an extensive recruitment campaign.

Neil, 54,  joins the club at a key time in it’s journey and the appointment has been labelled the ‘ final piece to the jigsaw ‘ according club Chief Executive, Duncan Gibb.

“I’ve known Neil on a personal and business level for five or six years now and he also works at one of the club’s main partner, T L Darby Volkswagen so knows the club to a degree.  Whilst we had received quite a lot of interest in the role, the moment that he advised me that it was one that appealed to him, I wanted him on board. 

“He’s extremely well respected within his business field and as a club we waited the best part of three years to find the right person to lead on this hugely important area of the clubs delivery and I’m convinced that we have found them. Since I joined the club, I have said that our policy will always be quality over speed and that once we get the foundations right, the rest will follow.

“The Commercial Director role was our final vacancy within the board room and I am firmly of the view that we have added another A lister to our existing team of six directors. We asked Neil to attend our last board meeting in order to secure a rounded overview of the club so that he could make an informed decision as to whether to commit to the role.

“Despite being there to basically listen, he put forward some really good ideas on the night and has already highlighted some areas where he will look to take our commercial delivery to the next level.”

Neil said he has been watching the clubs development with increasing interest and feels he can make an impact off the field with the club and wants to avoid certain pitfalls in the game.

“Like all Derby County Supporters we all want to see success within every part of the club. The profile of Ladies Football is becoming a major sport with Sky and other broadcasters now showing live games. It’s very important to me to be “Part of it”, what Duncan and his team of extremely motivated backroom staff have achieved so far is phenomenal, DCLFC are a shining light in Ladies football.

“They have built a financially sustainable club with partnerships and sponsors. However, the modern game and their ambition to enter the WSL will require even more funding. Many similar clubs are significantly financially bank rolled by the parent club. Although we would love to be in a similarly position.

“We don’t want to be reliant on any such funding as if its reduced or lost the club could fold as recently with Notts County Ladies and my ambition is to make DCLFC able to financially compete with bank rolled clubs. Through making partnerships and sponsorships even more commercially viable and all the support received from DCFC makes commercial sense to them too.”