Goals Soccer Centres announces Stephen Kirkpatrick to its Board as Senior Independent Director

– UK, East Kilbride – Goals Soccer Centres plc (LON:GOAL), a leading operator of outdoor small-sided soccer centres with 50 sites, including four in California, USA, today announced it has appointed Stephen Kirkpatrick as Senior Independent Director. He will join the Board and chair the Audit Committee with effect from 1 February 2019.

Michael Bolingbroke, Chairman of Goals, commented: “We are very happy to have Stephen joining our Board. He is a very experienced and well-respected Non-Executive Director who will bring us rigour and further financial expertise. Stephen will play a pivotal role in helping guide the Executive team to deliver on our turnaround strategy, We and the team look forward to working with him as we take Goals on the next stage of its journey.”

About Stephen Kirkpatrick

Stephen is an experienced Non-Executive Director. He qualified as Chartered Accountant with KPMG, and subsequently specialised in corporate finance. He then spent 15 years with Bank of Ireland Group in a variety of senior leadership roles including that of Chief Executive in Northern Ireland and Head of Retail Credit for the Group.

Stephen currently chairs the Northern Ireland Investment Fund Scrutiny Board and is the Senior Independent Director of DLLNI Limited, the UK subsidiary of Xperi corporation, a large US listed technology group. He is also a Director of Corbo Group, one of the largest, privately owned retail investment property groups in Northern Ireland where he was CEO from 2010-2016.

Previously, Stephen was a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair at Wireless Group plc, and chaired the Audit Committee of Mutual Energy Limited, which had publicly listed bonds.

Stephen Kirkpatrick said: “I am delighted to be joining Goals. The Company has a sound strategy with clear evidence that its investment in its arenas is beginning to deliver increased sales, whilst in the U.S. the partnership with City Football Group is truly ground-breaking. I look forward to working with the Board and helping the Executive team deliver the next phase of growth for the Company.”

For more information : https://www.goalsfootball.co.uk

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