Coventry businessmen have been appointed to the board of the newly formed Coventry Rugby
They are Ted Stocker, the former vice-chairman of Coventry City Football Club; Des
Willis, head of a successful engineering company and Martin Rourke, managing director of a
laser machinery manufacturing company.
Keith Fairbrother, managing director of the rugby club said:
"They are three respected businessmen who have had rugby's and particularly
Coventry's interests at heart.
"They are fully in favour of the direction Coventry is now taking and will be
working in the interests of the club and its members without remuneration."
Ted Stocker, retired head of a highly successful Coventry telecommunications company is
still an associate director at Coventry City. He will have special responsibility for
forging links with the City Council on the club's proposed move to the Butts Stadium.
He will be recruiting a team from among the club's membership to help drive through the
move from Coundon Road.
Des Willis, director of a Coventry engineering company, is a former player with
Standard Rugby Club of which he is now president. He will be a valuable link between the
board of directors and the supporters.
Martin Rourke, who was educated at the city's King Henry VIII School and is a Freemen
of Coventry, is managing director of Coventry Lasers, a company he formed in 1986. It now
has a turnover of £10 million. Martin played rugby for Earlsdon.