National League confirm appointment of new permanent general manager

Mark Ives has been appointed and The National League’s permanent general manager following an interim spell.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 3:59 pm

Ives, who served previously as The FA’s Head of Judicial Services for almost two decades, was appointed on an interim basis in January following the departure of former chief executive Michael Tattersall.

And following the end of his three-month interim period, Ives has now been appointed in a permanent role, the National League have confirmed.

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National League general manager Mark Ives.

On the appointment, chairman Brian Barwick said: “Following the departure of long-serving CEO Michael Tattersall in December, it was important for The National League Board to use the early part of 2021 to assess the management structure of the organisation.

“Mark will be a great asset for The National League and our Member Clubs. He is very experienced in football matters, is well trusted and has a wide network of contacts across the game.

“The last three months have given him an indication of what is needed to move the organisation forward and has already made wider communication one of his objectives. We wish Mark well in the role.”

Barwick and the National League board have been the subject of much scrutiny this season, particularly following a failure to secure adequate funding that resulted in the shut-down of the National League North and South campaigns back in February.

Dover Athletic in the National League and several sides across the National League North and South were also charged with failing to fulfil their fixtures.

The Whites were fined £40,000 and handed a 12-point deduction for the start of the 2021-22 season.

Despite this, Ives said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at The National League to date and am delighted to have been appointed on a permanent basis.

“The interim period gave me further understanding of the organisation and its members. Communication I have had with Member Clubs has been both transparent and positive.

“My priorities will continue to be helping Member Clubs manage the impact of the pandemic and to contribute towards a progressive future for The National League.”

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