Exclusive: Walsall chairman Leigh Pomlett resigns from director positions to focus on the Saddlers

By Liam Keen | Walsall FC | Published:

Walsall chairman Leigh Pomlett has given up dozens of director roles to put his full focus on the Saddlers.

Leigh Pomlett

The 63-year-old, who has been a Walsall fan since he was five, promised fans when he took over the club as majority shareholder and chairman at the end of July, that he would resign from other positions to put his sole focus into the club.

Now, data obtained by the Express & Star shows that Pomlett has resigned from directorships at 23 subsidiary groups under large corporate freight firm CEVA.

He gave up the roles over the space of one month – making Walsall Football Club his only remaining director role.

Between September 6 and October 11, Pomlett completed his resignation of all 23 positions in three stages - leaving his post at 14 of them on September 6, seven of them on September 20 and the final two on October 11.

This completes Pomlett's pledge to resign from these roles, after announcing his plans to do so when he took over.

Despite resigning from this director roles, he has stayed on as president of the Freight Transport Association, a position he took on in 2016.

When he took over the club it brought to an end the ownership of Jeff Bonser, who stepped down after a 31-year involvement with the club – alongside his brother Robert who left his post as a director at the club.

Pomlett, who has been on Walsall's board of directors since 2010, has held dozens of positions at freight companies throughout his career.

Over the years he has worked as operations director for BRS, president of the automotive division at Excel Logistics, CEO for DHL and European President for CEVA Logistics – where he became executive director in 2015.

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.


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