Eddie Clark has worked with the Mainland Board since 2010 when Mike Coggan, CEO of Mainland Football invited Eddie to participate on a non elected basis to increase the board size for the development of football within Canterbury/Mainland.
Clark joined the board just before the earthquakes and has faced many challenges within football since.
He says "I have enjoyed attending the monthly board meetings chaired by Craig Rhodes and working alongside my fellow board members all of whom have a connection to football at various levels."
"The various earthquakes presented huge challenges to players, clubs, the council grounds and the board which are still being dealt with today.”
In 2014 Clark was elected to board via the club nomination process for the clubs to have a club representative on the board.
As interim CEO Clare is expected to carry out 20 hours of work per week whilst the board is looking to employ a permanent CEO.
For more information on the Chief Executive Officer vacancy please click here.
During his time as interim CEO Clark will also be working as the FIFA appointed Team Liaison Officer for Portugal in the forthcoming FIFA U20 World Cup competition commencing May 2015.
Clark has a wealth of experience working over 25 years in the UK and Europe in the fashion sports industry printing textiles for major brands, professional organizations, clubs and leagues and major events.
Football became a very serious focus with the formation of the English Premier League in 1992 where Clarks company was chosen to provide the official league badge of the EPL. Clark developed the official logo of the English Premier League into an exclusive intellectual property license where the players, clubs and retail shops were able to purchase the official badges of the English Premier League for application to the players and the fans replica shirt.
After 2 years Clark had instigated the design of an exclusive style of naming and numbering worn by all 20 clubs and their players when playing EPL matches and fixtures.
The same exclusive concept was further developed and rolled out to the Scottish League, all 4 of The Football League divisions. The English national team also gave an exclusive license to Clarks company for the unique styling and development of naming and numbering of the England squad to be worn at European and World cup events.
Individual English clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur amongst others also became official licensors.
The same unique concept went Europe wide and was incorporated into the French League, UEFA Champions League as well as individual clubs such as Real Madrid, Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, Paris St Germain and AC Milan.
After Europe the badges were rolled out for FIFA and all teams in the world cup competitions wore badges made by Clarks company and are still used today in the FIFA world cup competitions.
Clark started the company in the front room of his home and sold the company in 2005/2006 which had grown to 250+ employees, and was Europe’s largest heat transfer manufacturer. Since then Clark and his family of six moved to New Zealand to settle in Christchurch in 2008.
Welcome on board Eddie.