Engage Executive Jobs and Jobshop UK, has kicked-off the first director’s lunch of 2017 by welcoming AFC Bournemouth chairman, Jeff Mostyn, and commercial director, Rob Mitchell as its guest speakers.
The highly acclaimed lunch, attended by over 60 company directors and held at The Harbour Heights Hotel, Poole, saw Jeff candidly discuss his journey with the Premier League team, from when he first purchased the club in 2007 during what he described as, ‘a Victor Kiam moment.’
With an undeniable passion for football, Jeff has been an integral part of the behind the scenes improvements at the Vitality Stadium over the past 10 years, as well as proving himself to be an immensely well-respected figure both locally and within the game on a national level, due to his unparalleled football knowledge and commitment to the local community.
Talking about the club’s rise to the premier division, Jeff revealed that the town has benefitted from an estimated £100 million being spent as a direct result of AFC Bournemouth’s success.
Commercial director of AFC Bournemouth, Rob Mitchell, joined Jeff to talk about the club’s charitable interests and vision for success. The club is dedicated to investing in projects and facilities for the area, has a vision to engage 4,500 people a week in sport and educational initiatives, and is passionate about inspiring diversity in sport, and preparing young people for work.
Launched in 2016, The Cherries Community Fund supports a number of projects for young people and vulnerable groups, as well as being involved in supporting community groups and charities. Financed from the proceeds of the popular Matchday Draw and any other donations the club receives, the fund has so far donated over £21,000 to 33 projects ranging from football kits for schools, to sensory gardens for care homes.
Sally Bennett, executive recruitment director at Engage said: “The first director’s lunch of the year was a phenomenal success. Jeff and Rob really engaged our guests who had lots of questions for them. It was fascinating to hear about Jeff’s personal story with the club, as well as its involvement with the community and its charitable and social causes. I often feel when people think of football they don’t realise what a club is putting back into the community or how having a successful club really does benefit the local area. The next Engage and Jobshop lunch will be on June 7th with further details available shortly.”