Take That man gets place on SAFC board

Gary Hutchinson SAFC group catering and events manager

Gary Hutchinson SAFC group catering and events manager

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THE man key to bringing global superstars like Take That and Oasis to the Stadium of Lighthas been given a spot on the club’s board.

Gary Hutchinson has been appointed to the clubs’ board of directors, taking up the position of commercial director.

Gary has proved himself while heading up the club’s venue, events and sales divisions in recent years, leading the team that established the Stadium of Light as a major live music venue in just three years.

He has also been instrumental in developing the club’s relationships with organisations, including Sunderland City Council and the University of Sunderland, along with companies including Nissan, Gentoo, Nexus and Caterpillar.

As chairman of the North East Chamber of Commerce’s Sunderland committee, he is also a well-known and respected figure in the city.

Gary, 31, has also been responsible for setting up 1879 Events Ltd, the club’s external event management company.

His new role will see Gary continue to oversee the club’s sales and events divisions, as well as spearhead business partnerships and strategies with key regional stake-holders.

SAFC boss Margaret Byrne said: “We are delighted to welcome Gary to the board of directors.

“He is a hugely-committed member of our team and his enthusiasm and drive are tremendous assets for our football club.

“His knowledge of the regional business landscape and the effective partnerships he has established with key stake-holders throughout the city and the North East as a whole, will be invaluable to us as we look to grow and develop the club on and off the field.”