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SWINDON TOWN: Former diplomat is new Town chairman
SIR WILLIAM Patey has been appointed the new chairman of Swindon Town.
The former senior diplomat has an extraordinary CV, which boasts among other notable posts the roles of British Ambassador to Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq.
On his Linkedin page, Sir William lists his specialities as “international affairs, Arabist, high level negotiations, corporate management experience at board level and financial and resource management skills.”
The 59-year-old attended Trinity Academy in Edinburgh before going on to the University of Dundee.
Patey retired from HM Diplomatic Service in April and currently holds a number of non-executive positions.
He is a non-executive director for HSBC Bank Middle East and a governmental and international relations adviser.
In a statement released by the club today, he wrote: “I am delighted to become chairman of Swindon Town at such an exciting time. I look forward to working with Paolo, the board and the whole club so that success on the pitch can continue and take the club back to the npower Championship.
“In addition, my task will be to secure new investment to support the programme of ground redevelopment and to co-ordinate the execution of the club’s longer term strategic plans. I look forward to working with those who share the same ambitions for the club both on and off the field and relish the opportunity to take on this challenge.
"The club has achieved much under the chairmanship of Jeremy Wray and on behalf of the board and investor base would like to thank him for his efforts over the course of the last 18 months.”