Polly Bancroft to be the new CEO

We are excited to announce that Polly Bancroft will become the new Chief Executive of Grimsby Town FC at the conclusion of the 2023-24 season.

Polly is currently Head of Women’s Football at Manchester United and has made the Red Devils a leading force in the women’s game since her appointment in October 2022.

During her time in the role, she has led strong growth in the revenues and fan base of Manchester United’s women’s team, helped deliver major new facilities at the club’s training ground, and overseen the team’s progress to their first FA Cup final and qualification for the UEFA Champion’s League last season.

Before joining United, Polly was women’s team General Manager at Brighton & Hove Albion, director of the women’s team at Nottingham Forest and also held roles with UEFA and the FA.

Speaking of Polly’s appointment, Mariners Chair Jason Stockwood said, “We are absolutely thrilled for Polly to be joining us. There was a tremendous amount of interest in the role and to have someone of Polly’s calibre and background join us is a real testament to how the club is regarded. We look forward to welcoming Polly and her family to the area and for her starting once the WSL season has concluded. We’d also like to thank Dave Slemen and the team at EPP who helped us conduct the search.”

Town’s new CEO will oversee all aspects of the club, including the men’s, women’s and Academy teams and commercial activities.

Adam Smith will continue in his role as Interim CEO until the end of the season and revert back to Club Secretary once Polly takes up her new position.

We look forward to welcoming Polly to Blundell Park in the summer!



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