The Board of Cambridge Roar has announced the appointment of two new non-executive Directors, Chris Mann and Jonathan Tewson; as members of the Board, they will have strategic oversight of Cambridge Roar 2017 and will support the further growth of the Cambridge Roar Festival of Charity Events at Quy Mill Hotel & Spa.
Chris Mann has hosted the 4-7pm Drivetime show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire for the past five years and in 2016 hosted the successful Cambridge Roar ‘Sporting Heroes’ panel event.
During a 35-year career in broadcasting, Chris has been a presenter and reporter on BBC TV, Sky News, Channel 4 and CNN as well as holding senior editorial positions within ITN and publishing. His work has led to several awards including Investigative Journalist of the Year, the CRE ‘Race in the Media’ Award and a Gold in the New York Radio Awards. He has been a regular columnist and contributor to national newspapers and other publications.
Chris has regularly hosted events and debates for the University of Cambridge at their prestigious Festival of Ideas and Science Festival. He has been a judge at the UK Press Awards and UK Regional Press Awards on multiple occasions as well as serving on the panel for the New York Radio Awards. He was previously a trustee of the Grace Theatre charity in London.
Speaking about his appointment, Chris said: “Having attended many of the events, I have been very impressed by the efforts of the Cambridge Roar team over the past couple of years. Through my BBC work, I have seen the difference that the money raised can make to the partner charities. So I am delighted to be asked to help play a part in continuing the success story and hope that I can do my bit to assist some worthy causes.”
Jonathan Tewson is the Media Sales Director at Cambridge News as well as being the Chair of the judges of the Cambridge Business Excellence Awards. Jonathan has 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing, and has worked within the media for the last 10 years in roles at lliffe News and Media, Archant and Local World, before the company ownership transferred to Trinity Mirror. Jonathan has been at the forefront of driving commercial strategy locally and is responsible for the team that produces the Business Excellence Awards.
He said: “I am delighted to have been asked to be a part of the Cambridge Roar Board. Over the last few years, the Festival has developed hugely and continues to attract a growing audience due to the range of excellent charity events.
“Cambridge News, which has been at the heart of everything local since 1888 when the paper was first established, is also proud to be the official media partner.”
Chairman of Cambridge Roar, Tony Murdock, added: “I welcome our new non-Executive Directors to the Board of Cambridge Roar. Our vision is to become the number one festival for charity in Cambridgeshire; both Chris and Jonathan bring a wealth of experience to the team, and will ensure we can move forward fully focused on delivering this vision. I have no doubt they will be a fantastic asset to the Cambridge Roar Board.”