Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have strengthened the club’s Board of Directors by welcoming Richard Vickers as an Associate Director.
Richard, 42, is a lifelong Wakefield fan who studied at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in the city before attending Middlesex University, where he achieved a degree in European Business Studies. This included him completing the course by spending two years studying in France and as such is a fluent French speaker.
He now works for Michael Page International, the world’s leading recruitment consultancy, as the Regional Managing Director of North America.
Prior to his current role, he was the Regional Managing Director for Page Personnel Finance and Michael Page Finance in the UK and his new post sees a return to North America having previously been a Managing Director for Michael Page US from 2006-2008.
For over 17 years he has played a key role in shaping and growing Michael Page both in the UK and North America. Having ascended from the ranks of consultant through to this most recent post, he has been instrumental in making Michael Page the global recruitment powerhouse it is today.
Michael Page International are one of the top 250 FTSE listed companies, valued in excess of £1 billion.
Despite working in America, Richard still returns for Wildcats home games, taking in matches in the 1873 Suite with his wife Erin, children James and Laura, and his parents, Tom and June Vickers.
“I started coming with my grandfather who used to tell me all the stories of great players of old,” he said when in the city recently.
“I just got hooked, I went all the time as a schoolboy and then when I went to university I used to come back for matches, even in midweek. Now that I’ve got my own children hooked they love going to the games, especially in the 1873 Suite. That makes three generations of the family coming to watch Wakefield every chance we get.
“Since then we’ve had some great family days out, travelling home and away to watch Wakefield. Since we’ve come to watch in the 1873 Suite I tell everyone that it’s the best corporate ticket for what you get in terms of the meal, the game and the access to players and coaches.
“I’ve had some great memories of supporting Wakefield, so it’s hard to pick just one out as a particular favourite, but skipping lectures to come and watch us beat Bradford at Odsal to stay up is definitely up there.”
Richard’s commercial experience is set to be invaluable as the Wildcats prepare for an exciting future at Newmarket and he is sure he can contribute to a positive new era at the club.
“I’ve spent my professional life working closely with major corporate businesses,” he explained.
“As we progress into a new era, there’s an opportunity to move into a new stadium which creates an enormous number of opportunities for investment from the corporate world. I’d like to think my experience, not just in networking but in putting business cases forward, would mean that I can add value to representing the club and the city appropriately to get investment from high profile organisations.”
“Richard’s experience and commercial expertise will be a great asset for the club,” said Wildcats Chief Executive, James Elston.
“A fresh pair of eyes from someone who is not immersed in the club day-to-day is hugely valuable to see things from a different perspective. It’s an exciting time for us but also a very, very busy time as we aim to ensure we build on what we’ve started in the first eighteen months under the ownership of Spirit of 1873 Ltd.
“A lot of hard work has gone into the club already but we’re under no illusions that there’s still much more to come, and with people the calibre of Richard involved then we are well positioned to ensure we continue to evolve as a club.”
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