New appointment to boardroom at Super League club ushers in exciting era

Leigh Centurions operational board has announced the appointment of Gill Wood with immediate effect.

Gill owns and manages a successful event and project management company and as an avid Leigh Centurions supporter had extended her involvement in the club in recent years, as a sponsor and volunteer, in particular, lending her expertise towards corporate sales and hospitality.

Club owner Derek Beaumont said: “With the recent departures from the operational board comes opportunity. Gill has been a fantastic voluntary contributor to the club and is also a sponsor and passionate supporter, as are her partner and children.

“It’s a natural progression to see those efforts rewarded and an opportunity to express them further in the functioning of the club. Gill is really energetic and has some really good skill sets and will be a valuable addition to the board and I am looking forward to working with her.”

Gill Wood said: “I am honoured, and delighted, to accept the position of ‘member of the Executive Board of Leigh Centurions’. As a childhood Rugby League fan, and an avid Centurions fan, this is an unexpected yet unbelievable opportunity.

“Commercially my company, gmProjects Ltd, has been involved in the Club as player sponsor of Matty Dawson-Jones in 2017-18, then two years as a Shorts Sponsor in 2019 and 2020 and this year sponsoring Ryan Brierley and Matty Russell.

“Integrally I have been involved in the club since 2018 as corporate hospitality matchday co-host on home match days, also in the office in 2018 and 2019 with the sales and hospitality teams. I have developed strong ties with the Centurions team and the staff of Leigh Sports Village.

“gmProjects is an event and project management company, which I founded in 2010 as Managing Director, with a special interest in ophthalmic medical education and innovations. I work closely with many different industry companies and am indeed, next week, bringing a global tech company SPARCA to Leigh Sports Village for a four-day summit.

“I am also a non-executive Director of a South American Charity for the blind, Andean Medical Mission.

“As Leigh is my hometown, my office has always been here. However, we recently relocated to Leigh Sports Village as the facilities and service levels are second to none. This was highly convenient for my voluntary work with the Club and now even more so!

“Home life is also very busy! My partner Dean and I have five children at home, two who have flown the nest and a three-year-old Grandson (who proudly wears his Leigh Centurions kit)!

“I have a huge passion for Leigh Centurions and Rugby League and feel honoured to be involved now from a different perspective and another level. I am hardworking, honest and loyal. I hope to bring strong levels of communication, organisation, marketing and project management to the Board. Alongside this, I will continue to host matchday corporate hospitality and welcome sponsors, home (and away) fans to the Premier Club for a Premier day or evening out.”

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