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Former daily editor leaves football club’s board after taking charity role

Kevin Ward BIDA former regional daily editor has resigned from a football club’s board after taking up a new charity role.

Kevin Ward has announced his resignation as a director of both Newport County AFC and its Supporters’ Trust after becoming chair of Newport Live, a charitable trust which provides sporting, leisure and cultural activities.

Former South Wales Argus editor Kevin, pictured, had served on the board of all three organisations but said his new post “not only creates a significantly greater voluntary workload for me, but also an increased conflict of interest”.

County, to whose board Kevin was elected in 2018, hires Newport Live facilities for first team & Academy training.

Kevin, who has been a trustee of Newport Live since 2015, said: “This appointment not only creates a significantly greater voluntary workload for me, but also an increased conflict of interest that has the potential to compromise myself, Newport County AFC and Newport Live.

“While I have been merely a board member of both organisations, any conflict has been manageable. As Chairman of Newport Live, doing so becomes extremely difficult bordering on impossible.

“I have no wish to put either organisation in an awkward position, hence my decision to stand down as a Club and Trust director.

“For clarity, this is the sole reason for my resignation. There is no boardroom split, there has been no behind-the-scenes bust-up, there has been no disagreement with my fellow County directors.

“I am fully supportive of all club and trust volunteer directors, whether elected or co-opted. Like me, they are all County supporters first and foremost who, in their own time and at their own cost, do what they believe to be in the best interests of the football club we love.

“It is often a thankless task, but nobody volunteers for roles like this for the kudos.”

Kevin added he will “continue to support the club” with his family as a season ticket holder and a volunteer.

He added: “Thanks to all the directors I have worked with since my election to the board in 2018 for their support and friendship over the years – particularly those who have been part of the community group with me; to the manager and playing staff for their sterling efforts on the field; to our incredibly hard-working club staff and volunteers; and to my wife and my sons who have had to put up with more than they should have.

“Finally, and most importantly, thanks to my fellow supporters – without whom this club would not exist.”