About Newtown AFC

Club Officials

Meet the Board

 Elwyn Preece

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Elwyn is one of the most recognised faces in Welsh Premier League Football having been closing involved with the club as chairman at Newtown.

He began at the club in 1996, recruited by director John Morris.

He is a senior site agent by profession and despity exceeding official retirement age he continues to work for Paveaways.

His excellence in the construction industry has benefitted the club, most importantly the large function room constructed in 2003.

Elwyn liaises closely with the first team manager over signings and has a vital role.

Married to Nicky, Elwyn loves in Bettws, together with Nicky's twin daughters.

He also has a son, Gareth, who lives locally. 

RICHARD EDWARDS

CLUB PRESIDENT

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Gareth owen

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Gareth is responsible for ground works and has been the head groundsman since 2010.

It is not just the Latham Park pitch he tends to but other areas of the ground, the riverside pitches too.

Known as Gaggsy, he has been a board member since 2005, coming on initially to represent the vice-president's club before becoming a hard working director.

 He moved to Newtown in 1976 when he got involved with the club, and began supporting in 1977 before helping out on the gate.

Married to Sylvia, they have two children, Gareth and Emily.

He also enjoys golf and fishing and is a fluent Welsh speaker making him the choice for media interviews.

Kevin Hughes

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A board member for the last six years, who along with wife Mairwen was responsible for lifting the quality of hospitality offered to match day sponsors at the club.

He contributed to the stadium infrastructure by carrying out repairs before being responsible for sponsorship for a season.

His business is KJ Hughes Roof Ltd, who sponsor the club and his also the clubs photographer who's photos are on the official club site, and sometimes in the local newspaper the Powys County Times. 

He is also a UEFA C qualified coach from his time at Newtown Whitestars and the academy.

He has two children, William and Dewi.

Nigel Bevan

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Nigel has been associated with Newtown for many years, since his uncle Glyn brought him to games in the Mid Wales League.

He continued until his teenage years when he was a season ticket holder at Shrewsbury Town before returning to the club, where he worked in the programme shop and as kitman.

He started when the side were in the English HFS Loans League and then took up the position with Brian Coyne's side in the Welsh Premier League before finishing under Darren Ryan in 2009.

He adopted roles with the first team, reserves, youth and Sunday league sides.

 

One of his best memories was the Welsh Cup tie at Cardiff City, where he forgot to pack the socks. He had to beg the Cardiff kit man for a set of socks.

He also travelled to Riga and Krakow in previous Euro adventures.

In his day job Nigel is employed by Laura Ashley at Texplan, where he works in the wallpaper manufacturing section. 

Barry gardner

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Barry's family is strongly connected with the club, and he moved to produce the match programme for 15 years.

Barry went to Cheltenham University at 18 where he continued to do the programme, posting info back to the club. 

For the last few years he has been the financial director, and is a chartered accountant. 

He is the son of Barbara and Colin Gardner and lives in Chester with his partner Gabriella.

Barry liaises with the first team manager on the budget and carries out annual financial submissions for the FAW licence.

He has been on the board since 2003 and is one of the younger members of the board.

Nicky preece

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Nicky is the most recent addition to the board.

She undertakes staff rota and is responsible for functions and other matters in the social club.

The wife of chairman Elwyn, Nicky is no stranger to club affairs after being bar manager from 2006 to 2010.

Nicky met Elwyn when he was busy undertaking the construction of the function room in 2004. 

Nicky has twin daughters, Grace and Kathryn, and a fervent Liverpool supporter, Nicky and Elwyn were sure to clash as he is a well known Arsenal fan.

 Nicky was recruited by the University of Wales at Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, where she is still working as a finance and admin assistant.

Nigel Kennedy

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Nigel has been involved with the club for over five years and assists in the commercial side of the club.

He assists with matchday programmes and works at Rees Astley in Market Street, Newtown.

He came to Mid Wales from South East England, but his roots are in South Wales. 

He is married to Theresa and has three daughters, and Theresa helps out on matchdays and runs the tea hut and is assisted by her daughters.

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Noel has been a board member for 12 years and has a steel fabrication business and has helped with various constructions at the ground.

He helped construct the 180 seater stand on the TV Gantry side of the ground. 

Born in Montgomery he played for villages such as Monty, Bettws, Manafon and Forden.

He is married to Linda and has three girls and is a regular at both home and away games. 

owen durbridge

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Owen is the club secretary, and has been for 10 years as well as academy administrator and club licencing officer.

A retired policeman, he came to to the club in 2004 after 33 years service after being recruited by Elwyn Preece.

Originally from Carmarthenshire, Owen and his family transferred to Newtown in 1981 where he became sergeant. 

 Well known locally, Owen is known with the Newtown Pool League which he helped form in 1983 and was involved in the Newtown Sunday League.

A father of four children and three grandhchildren, Owen and his wife Janet are both retired, with Owen working for nine years as a supervisor at Welshpool High School after his police days. 

paul jewell

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Paul is the clubs press officer who works in conjunction with media officer and local journalist Jonny Drury to produce the clubs media output, as well as editing the programme. 

He was born in Swansea and moved to Newtown at 5. He met his wife Sam in 2000 and has two children.

Paul is doing an engineering diploma and was introduced to the club 7 years ago by physio Tony Morgan.

His best moment at the club was walking out with a flag at the League Cup Final.

phil williams

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The longest serving director, Phil is known in the town as a retired physics teacher, supply teacher, community councillor, sheep farmer and young farmers club president.

He joined the board at the end of the first Welsh Premier League season and he is the current vice chairman and one of three directors of football.

The former centre half for Newtown, Caersws, Mochdre and Abermule, he has a large knowledge of local football, and is involved with the academy.

His wife Nerys helps at the club with catering and they have one daughter and two young grandsons.

Phil has also been part of the two previous Euro adventures.

Sophie Love

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Sophie is the youngest board member and has been recognised for her great work at the club.

She is assistant physio for the first team and under 19's.

She has completed a physiotherapy degree in Bristol, and her family are also heavily involved with the club, her father Colin was a former youth team boss. 

 Her mother Donna is also well known and attends a lot of games.

Sophie's football mania took her to train as a qualified referee and she travelled home every weekend to work with the first team when she was at university. 

She is an excellent example of a young board member, and helps with advertising and sponsorship. 

OTHER STAFF

JONNY DRURY - MEDIA OFFICER

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Jonny joined the club in January 2013 as a journalism student from Glyndwr University in Wrexham.

He had previously worked for free for local newspapers in Oswestry and was brought to the club by Wayne Peter who spotted his highlights packages he produced for his boyhood club Morda United.

An passionate West He came to the club and has worked with both Bernie McNally and Chris Hughes. In February 2014 he began working for the local newspaper the Powys County Times, and struck up a good publicity bond between the paper and the club.

He introduced videos, interviews, and radio shows to the club, before leaving to join The New Saints in late 2015, however returned at the start of this season to work on the clubs media output.