Bromley based chartered accountant and business consultant. Previously a founder and CFO of Networkers International Plc, a locally based staffing business and shirt sponsor of Bromley FC between 2008 and 2015.
Below can be found an interview with Jon Plassard from July 2017…
Jon, for supporters who aren’t aware would you share with us your professional background and how you became involved with Bromley FC?
“My professional background is Corporate Finance and I was one of the founders of Networkers International back in 2000. Networkers is an international professional staffing company, with its head office based in Bromley. During my time at Networkers we grew from a start up to c500 staff and 13 international offices and quoted on Aim market of the London Stock Exchange. I left Networkers in 2016 after it was acquired.”
“Having lived around the Bromley area for the last 20 years and played football around South East London and Kent since boyhood I was very familiar with Bromley FC and Hayes Lane. I got to know Jerry during 2007/08 season when Networkers started sponsoring the first team shirts and that sponsorship association lasted for 7 years. In 2012, I volunteered to become treasurer and a committee member of the fledgling Bromley FC Junior Section after my son joined the under 7s. I spent 3 enjoyable years working with the junior section and with their committed, professional and enthusiastic volunteers.”
How did you become a Director of Bromley Football Club?
“Having built up a really good relationship with Jerry and others at the club over several years, I was delighted when Jerry asked me to join him to help re-finance the Club and to join the Board just prior to winning the Conference South title in 2015. At that time, there was a fair bit of uncertainty around the club’s future but Jerry’s enthusiasm and vision convinced me that with the right team off the pitch and with a sensible long term plan, the Club could flourish and fulfil its huge potential.
Yourself and the Board announced the club’s main objectives back in February 2016, how do you think the club is progressing with its targets almost 18 months on?
“I’m delighted with the progress the club has made. We expected last season to be quite challenging on and off the pitch as we transitioned to a long term plan of infrastructure investment into the facilities, academy and off pitch revenues with the objective that this can then feedback into sustainable investment into the playing squad.“
“During this transition, to finish 10th in the highest league the club has played at and to make significant progress with the new pitch and then getting planning permission for the South Stand, I think we can look back at last season as a real success and a strong foundation for where we want to get to. Huge credit should be given to Neil Smith and his team for steering us successfully through what could have been a tricky season. The recent exciting signings for the first team and the development of the club’s academy prove that Bromley FC is a club that young talented players want to be associated with.”
As progress continues how do you and the board judge the success of your combined influence at the club?
“The Board work very closely together as a team and we are quite clear about our objectives, which is ultimately to deliver success on the pitch within a sustainable financial model.”
“You can see that we are taking a long-term approach in investing in employees, the stadium and educational facilities and improving the engagement with the local community. We want to get to a position where our local profile is raised leading to increased attendances and our off-pitch revenue streams continue to increase. Most importantly, we need to achieve success on the pitch which in itself will lead to increased attendances and other revenue opportunities.”
Thank you for your time Jon. To finish, do you have a message for our fellow supporters?
“I think we have a fantastic group of supporters and I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie of away trips and seeing all the familiar faces around the country. I think our supporters have built up a wonderful reputation in the National League and I really think our fan base can grow. I know that the supporters do “spread the word” with their friends and colleagues so please keep on doing this.”
“Finally, thank you for your support and loyalty, I’m convinced that the Club is heading in the right direction and with record season ticket sales this year, it’s pleasing to know the supporters are backing Neil and the team.”