CHRIS HEINITZ - RETIRED TEACHER & CHAIR OF FOUNDATION
Born in London, but came to Yorkshire to do a postgraduate teaching qualification at Bretton Hall. I loved being in Yorkshire and moved here permanently in 1977. I was a Wakefield Councillor from 1983-2004 and for many years was Chair of Leisure, a role that developed into becoming the national chair for all local authorities in England and Wales. Since retiring from teaching I have spent a huge proportion of my time digitising the results teams and scorers for all Fev matches since 1921, a project which continues with each further match.
My main interests are the arts, sport and politics and was delighted to be able to combine the three together. Whilst Chair of Leisure I appointed a rugby league development officer whose brief included creating opportunities for women and girls to play. That became the Wakefield Panthers team which nowadays is Featherstone Ladies!
I was delighted to join the Foundation trustees as I am passionate about providing opportunities for everyone to develop their talents. A theme that was central to my teaching and political careers.
ANTONY SMALLEY - COMPANY DIRECTOR & COUNCILLOR & VICE CHAIR
I’m a lifelong Featherstone Rovers supporter and volunteered to be a trustee at the foundation as I felt it was time to give something back to the club and community of Featherstone that has given so much to me over the years.
Through my contacts within the local community and using some of the skills I have attained in my role as a presiding justice in the magistrates court . I felt Could help with fundraising activities and progress what is an already excellently run community foundation to the next level. I have seen at first hand the excellent work Amy’s team do and would encourage anyone who feels they could help to do so.
ANDREA WATSON - ACCOUNTANT & TREASURER OF FOUNDATION
JOANNE FITZPATRICK - CHIEF PHARMACIST NHS & CHAIR OF FOUNDATION
I have been supporting Featherstone Rovers for over 30 years and my brother, Gary Siddall, played for the club for over 10 years in the 1980s.
I am a pharmacist by profession and am employed by the NHS as Head of Medicines Optimisation for NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group. This role involves me working closely with local GP practices and hospital providers to promote the safe and cost-effective use of medicines, and to reduce the number of medicines-related hospital admissions. I am responsible for the amount of money spent on prescribed medicines in Wakefield and make commissioning decisions to control spend within a set budget. I also sit on various national advisory boards for prescribing.
Outside working for the NHS, you may have heard me on Rovers TV & commentating for our great club on game days, something which I love doing.
I am now in a position that I can give something back to the club I love by being the Chair of the Foundation and to lead it into a safe and sustainable future of making a difference to the health and wellbeing of the local community.
BRIAN WATSON - DRIVING INSTRUCTOR & FOUNDATION SECRETARY
MAUREEN TENNANT-KING - TOWN COUNCILLOR
I’ve been a member of the Foundation for a number of years now, I joined because I wanted to make a difference to people’s especially children’s lives, as I’m a school governor this is important to me. I’m a member if Featherstone Town Council And also a District Cllr representing Featherstone Ward 6, this enables me to point the foundation to any funding streams available which we may be able to tap into. The role of trustee to the foundation is an important one to me, it enables me to have an insight to all the good work it does out in the wider community and to ask questions and to be held to accountable. Long may the foundation continue and to give opportunities for all to be inclusive.
NEIL RUSH - RETIRED INCLUSION MENTOR
Born in Wakefield in 1957 twin brother William also a flat capper we have supported The Rovers since mid 60's early memories 67 trip to Wembley . Worked at Kings school where I got involved with study Rovers with Doug and Barbara Wilford and Improvers with Tina Dransfield , was invited to join the Foundation as a trustee by Lauarabeth to advise with the work in secondary school which I have done for the past 5(ish ) years. I have several hobbies including trying to improve my golf, watching horse racing and running round after my wife Diane and my 4 grandchildren . My role as a trustee is to attend the regular trustee meetings offering advice to the many and varied Foundation projects , to attend as many functions as I can not only run by the foundation but other events at the stadium and finally to help on match days sell the Golden Gamble tickets which brings in vital income to help with the local community projects .
MARK PAWSON - RECRUITMENT MANAGER
I am an apprentice trained Mechanical Engineer who lives in Pontefract. I now work as a Branch Manager for a company who help engineers, of all disciplines, find work. I have been a Rovers fan since the 1970's and a few years ago decided to get involved with the club as a volunteer. I met Amy Hardman who told me about the work the Foundation do and some of the projects they support in the 5 towns area. I joined and a year later became a Trustee.
As a Trustee I help with fundraising, organisation and running of fundraising events and on match days you will find me selling Golden Gamble tickets. I also contact local businesses to obtain sponsorship and support.
Supporting the club home and away I am proud to say that the match-day activities at Fev are second to none and I hope this helps attract new supporters to the club. The Foundation do a fantastic job on match days and I would like to thank all the people who support the Golden Gamble.
The club is on the way up - let's all get behind the 'on' and 'off' field teams.
My favourite Fev quote "when I pulled the Featherstone shirt on as a player it made me feel 10 feet tall" - Vince Farrah.
KEN TAYLOR - RETIRED MARKETING DIRECTOR
I moved to Pontefract in the mid Sixties and started supporting Rovers in the early Seventies. I have held a season ticket for many years and follow the team home and away enjoying being part of the Rovers “family.”
After a career in Sales and Marketing, I retired in 2018 and looked for something to occupy my time and my skills that would be beneficial to the local community. The Rovers Foundation offers a supportive link between the local community from tots to seniors as well as developing Rugby League and promoting Rovers. The Dance Academy and various fitness programmes run by the Foundation help to promote a healthy lifestyle within the community.
My involvement involves offering general support on all aspects of day to day running of the Foundation including fundraising and events as well as attending Trustee meetings. I see the Foundation as an excellent way to utilise my skills to help the local community whilst helping to promote Rovers and give something back for the years of pleasure Rovers have given me.
JESSICA CARRINGTON - GMB UNION REP & TOWN COUNCILLOR
I currently work for the GMB Union as an administrator, I am also a District Councillor representing Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton and I am Vice Chair of Badsworth Parish Council. I am passionate about raising awareness around mental health and I am the mental health champion for Wakefield Council. I really enjoy being involved in the local community and helping community groups where possible, at events or finding funding to support them. Each year I help Featherstone and District Lions International with their Santa Sleigh. I have been a life long Featherstone Rovers supporter alongside my Grandad Eric Gardner. I am looking forward to supporting the Featherstone Rovers Foundation as trustee and have many skills that I can use to develop in this role.