Alan Bird - Advisor
Brian Bloomfield - Chief Executive
Alan retired from business in 2010 having served on executive boards and been CEO or CFO of a number of large groups (4,000+ employees) in the Middle East. Between 1987 – 1994 he was a board member of a very substantial subsidiary of a US public company quoted on the Dow Jones.
Alan served on the board of Bees United, the Brentford FC Supporters’ Trust before becoming an executive director of the club between 2007-11. He later served the club as non-executive director and associate director.
Brian originally hails from Newport, Isle of Wight and spent his first 16 years on the island until he joined the British Army in 1976 in which he served for 10 years. Originally a Newport IoW (The Port) supporter, Brian then became an Aldershot FC fanatic on joining the Army and has during his support of the club been part of the Supporters Club Committee, initiated and became the first chairman of The Shots Trust, and later became a director during the turbulent times post Football League relegation and administration in 2013.
Brian is a fervent believer in engaging with fans and acknowledging that as a custodian he has the responsibility of always making sure that the club continues to grow and is financially viable at all times. Brian is excited in being part of an executive committee that has the difficult task of taking Guildford City FC to the higher level that befits a town of Guildford’s size. His past experience as a sales and marketing director at a leading national house builder addresses some of the skillsets the club needs as it overcomes the 48-year problem of not having a ground to call its own.
David Knight - Chairman
Kevin Parker - Vice Chairman
David watched Guildford City at Josephs Road during his teenage years and then followed the club in the short spell at Dorking. After the club folded, he became involved as a volunteer at Basingstoke Town where over the years he filled several senior positions. David has also subsequently served on the management boards of both the Isthmian League and the Southern League. He still undertakes ground grading for the Southern League.
David believes that Guildford City has a great future and that the club is lucky to have such a superb group of volunteers and supporters. Away from football he runs a distribution company that relocated to Guildford in June 2021, after being based in the Byfleet area for many years.
As a child Kevin remembers with great fondness getting on the Park Barn bus, getting off at what is now the Jubilee Club and walking up the alley to the Stockton Road entrance of Joseph’s Road, the original home of Guildford City FC. Kevin remembers the amazing Tony Burge who to the eight-year-old Kevin Parker was the best player he had ever seen. He also had the honour of playing in the Guildford Schools Traders Cup Final on the hallowed turf that was Joseph’s Road. The experience of leading the team out of the tunnel, the crowd and swimming in the huge players communal bath after the game will be lifelong memories.
In 2007 out of curiosity Kevin ventured to the Spectrum to see a top of the table clash Guildford City v Merstham in CCL League. After becoming hooked Kevin was encouraged to join the management committee. Kevin says that it is a pleasure being involved with a wonderful group of people who have a passion for our team and the burning desire for our own stadium in the town that we can be proud of and call home. In addition to being vice-chairman Kevin is responsible for stadium management. That involves preparing everything behind the scenes that most people take for granted when they go to a match; but includes pitch and ground preparation, organising staffing for turnstiles, bar, kitchen, stewarding and safety. If you visit the Spectrum during midweek, you will most probably see Kevin onsite fixing fences or with a paintbrush in his hand!
Ashley Read - Managing Director
Barry Underwood MBE - Club Secretary
Ashley is a local businessman who resides in Ockham near Guildford. He is married with two children. For many years he run one of the largest online football retail sites with a shop based in Hampshire. The online shop has grown to be one of the largest in Europe and is growing rapidly every year. Ashley also has previous business experience in ticketing and hospitality. He also has interests in property development and management. Ashley suffered a major accident in childhood, and in 1996 was the Child of Courage award winner. Ashley is therefore very aware of people who need of support and charity work features large in his life.
Ashley is the managing director at Guildford City, and he has initiated a number of key developments at the club, including increasing its aspiration. Ashley’s focus is liaising with team management and assisting with the strategic day to day running of the club.
A knee injury aged 20 caused a change of direction that led to Barry entering the House of Commons service in March 1979. After working in the provision of information and publications to MPs’ and in print, Barry will take retirement from the House administration this summer after 42 years. Barry is an Aldershot supporter since childhood, with a long-time soft spot for Norwich City. In 1988 he joined he Aldershot Supporters’ Club committee which saw him playing a role in the formation of the phoenix club in 1992, and in particular managing the club lottery for the first two years. In 1994 Barry became chairman of the Supporters’ Club, and by default also a director of the football club. In 1999 he resigned from the board on a matter of principle.
Having previously played amateur rugby league, Barry offered his voluntary services in 2000 to London Broncos Rugby League Club. An offer that was accepted. During the next ten years Barry wrote and produced the official club handbook, organised five club golf days, organised several fundraising initiatives and wrote numerous programme articles. In 2010 the club took a different direction and dispensed with all voluntary assistance. Still keen to be involved in voluntary sports administration, Barry was attracted to Guildford City FC. They were he thought a sleeping giant who could possibly benefit from his experience. Since 2012 Barry has been club secretary. He also edits the club’s matchday programme which has won a number of awards.
John Wood - Logistics
John is a Guildford based businessman who encountered many challenges during his school years due to his dyslexia. John says that it helped form his attitudes to work and life, and in turn gave him the skills, abilities and motivation to accomplish his achievements in his personal and professional life. After graduating with a computer science degree from Brunel University, John worked for a company implementing new systems for logging and booking in works of art for galleries, museums and private collectors. After working in banking for a period, John now has business interests in the storage and transportation sectors.
Originally from Middlesex, John played football as a boy and eventually as a teenager earned a trial at Chelsea. John commented “football is a special sport which carries very fond memories. I am looking forward to helping create many new memories with Guildford City Football Club.”