Date: 22nd January 2015 at 12:17pm
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Torquay United have confirmed that former Oxford chairman Kelvin Thomas has been brought in by Thea Bristow to look at all areas of the club as we seek to make ourselves more self sustaining and show improvements in all areas of our off pitch business.

Thomas has been involved in a number of businesses both in the UK and the US and in his time at Oxford, he oversaw their promotion back to the Football League and a growth in revenue from £1.9million up to £3.2million as well as an increase in attendance from 4,300 to 7.200.

His role at Plainmoor will be to work closely with Thea, the board of directors and the existing staff to offer direction, guidance and advice so we can show improvement.

Speaking to the Official Site as the appointment was made Bristow explained.

‘It’s well known that I have been subsidising the club for three years and I would like to make some changes, so that the club can grow in a more sustainable manner. It is also well known that I have no experience at running a football club and making these types of changes. So, I have made the decision to seek external help in this area. Kelvin has been highly recommended in this role and I am looking forward to working with him over the next few weeks.’

Thea goes on to say that recently especially, there has been a lot of speculation about inviting additional investment into the club or even a full takeover.

‘I can confirm that I have had talks with various parties about additional investment, but obviously nothing has been completed, and these talks will be ongoing. My love for the club hasn’t changed, and my role now is to ensure, if there is additional investment and new parties introduced, it has to be beneficial for the club and the club’s future comes first.’

Thomas said himself of his involvement now.

‘Having met Thea and been approached to help, it was quite an easy decision. She has immense love for this club, but has found herself in a position where she feels quite lonely in her role. Hopefully, during this initial three week period, I will be able to use some of my experience and expertise to help her and the club.’

As part of this ‘investigation’ into all areas of the club, Hayes and Yeading assistant manager Tristan Lewis has been asked to come in and take a look at our Academy and educational structure.

He was at the last match as a guest against Altrincham, after Thomas asked him to take a look at the team ahead of then looking into the Academy. He denied he was involved in any potential takeover and he was simply producing a report on those areas for Thomas over the next three weeks.