The Suffolk FA have a new man at the helm after Phil Lawler was named the new chairman of Suffolk FA, writes Nick Garnham.
The 54-year-old has taken over the reins from the outgoing David Porter, who is standing down after four years in the role.
Lawler, who joined the board of directors in October 2013, was elected Chairman at the Suffolk FA’s annual meeting held at the county’s headquarters in Stowmarket.
Meanwhile, Ian Booth was also elected to the role of the new vice-chairman.
Lawler has played, coached, refereed and been involved in administration in grassroots football in the county since the age of nine.
He works as a senior associate for a local firm of solicitors, and is a director and development officer at Brantham Athletic FC.
On his appointment to the role he said: “I am very proud and honoured to be elected chairman of Suffolk Football Association and to serve the member clubs, leagues, officials, administrators and players as county chairman.
“I look forward to working closely with our new vice-chairman Ian Booth, my fellow directors, CEO Laura Smith and all the staff at Suffolk County FA.
“In particular, I look forward to making many new friendships in the Suffolk football community during my time as chairman.
“I believe these are very exciting times for football in our county.
“We have recently seen a number of new facility projects in Suffolk approved for national funding which is a great reflection on the work being done within the county by our member clubs, supported by the County FA.
“There are many more such projects in the pipeline. We also have a number of award-winning and nationally approved leagues operating within Suffolk and we continue to look for new ways to provide a football experience to the people of Suffolk.
“I would like to put on record my thanks to David Porter for all the hard work, time and support he has given to Suffolk FA over the past four years as county chairman.
“David has been an outstanding chairman and I will do my best to follow in his footsteps.”
Meanwhile, Ipswich-based businessman Roger Peck was also elected to the board of directors at the meeting.
Peck is a director of The KBB Centre, who sponsor the annual KBB Suffolk FA Grassroots Festival.