Tony Hewitt addressing the Season Ticket Holders Forum © Linda Dawson
Club News Hewitt hails Season Ticket Holder Forum success
One week after being confirmed as the new chairman of Northampton Saints, Tony Hewitt introduced himself to the club’s supporters at the second Season Ticket Holder Forum.
In a packed Rodber Suite, Hewitt gave some insight into his 25-year association with the Saints, and where he intends to lead the club, building on recent successes on and off the pitch, and the challenges and opportunities which are expected to arise over the coming months and years.
Saints director Ella Bevan also formally launched the new Saints Supporters Liaison Group, which will give supporters the opportunity to give feedback in an informal, face-to-face setting, while also allowing the club management at Franklin’s Gardens to give rational explanations for decisions which have been made.
Hewitt was joined on stage by deputy chairman John White, chief executive Allan Robson and director of rugby Jim Mallinder, who fielded questions about all aspects of the club’s operations.
Hewitt said that he enjoyed the experience, and hoped that it built on the legacy of greater supporter interaction started by former chairman Leon Barwell.
“Leon wanted the Season Ticket Holder Forums to be a place where we could talk with our supporters over a pie and a pint about the club and where we are going, and I hope that the people who attended last night will have left feeling confident that we are on the right path,” he said.
“On the field the team has already shown its potential, both in the Aviva Premiership and Aviva ‘A’ League, while off the field we are on the verge of submitting our planning application for the new North Stand and putting ourselves into the position where we can take advantage of the growth of interest in the sport that will come on the back of the Rugby World Cup.
“Meanwhile we are not taking our eye off the ball, continuing to improve our day-to-day operations, and are committed to making Franklin’s Gardens the best it can possibly be, both on match days and throughout the week. To this end it is important that we make the Saints Supporters Liaison Group work, and it was encouraging to see so many people put their names forward to be a part of it.
“We are in the middle of an exciting period in the history of this great club. But we are very aware that we are just custodians and that we have to ensure that success remains at Franklin’s Gardens for many years to come.”