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16 December 2022



16 December 2022

STAFF at Burton Albion Community Trust and the football club have said goodbye to Head of Community Matt Hancock.

Matt is leaving BACT to take up a new role as Community Director at Port Vale.

He joined the trust in January 2011 as Community Leader and took over as Head of Community following Andy Taylor’s departure in 2017.

He has led the trust through a period of great growth and increasing impact and has seen the charity step up and deliver a widely-praised pandemic response.

BACT Chairman Phil Pusey said: “Matt has been a very likeable Head of Community, making time for people across the club and trust.  He has grown significantly in terms of personal development and leadership and helped develop many of the staff with his trusting and empowering approach.

“The growth of the trust has been underpinned by his commitment to excellence and quality as evidenced by our EFL capability scores, the latest Impact Report and the reputation the trust established with so many local partners and stakeholders.

“Matt has worked tirelessly, dedicating himself to the success of the trust.  We thank him for his commitment to us, as well as his wife Hannah and his daughters for their support which has enabled him to fully invest himself here.

“We are sad to see him go but recognise he can leave with his head held high for a job well done and understand that the opportunity to work closer to home in a new and exciting role is hard to turn down.”

Burton Albion Chairman Ben Robinson said: “I want to thank Matt for all his hard work and for the way he has led the trust and worked with the football club, helping us meet some incredible challenges including the pandemic and the establishment of the Pirelli Stadium Vaccination Centre.

“We have in place a great management structure that will ensure all the good work at BACT continues and we will be announcing a new Head of Community in the New Year.

“Delivering for the community remains a primary goal of Burton Albion and we will continue to constantly strive for excellence in all the areas we work.”

Matt said: “The decision has been hard and I’m going to greatly miss all the people connected with the trust and club. BACT is right at the heart of the community and has fabulous sustainable work and it’s ready for someone else to come in.”

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