Meet the board – Chris Blackburn
Chris has served on the board on and off since the Trust was founded in 2004 and helped set it up with current board member Mark Rees and other volunteers.
“I am currently a Senior Bid Manager at AM Bid, one of the fastest growing Bid Consultancies’ in the UK. I work with clients across the UK on Bids and Tenders, securing them business in the public and private sector. I work with clients across a range of sectors and have submitted bids to the likes of United Utilities and Lancashire County Council this year. My role involves supporting clients through all stages of the bid process and I often work with SMEs who do not have dedicated bid or marketing functions. Through supporting our clients through all stages of the bid writing and management, we have a win rate of 80% plus. I have been working in bids for 12 years across a range of different firms and sectors including successful bids to the likes of Capita, Network Rail, Airbus, Carillion and Sellafield. Given this experience, I am used to working across a variety of environments and challenges, coming up with new ways of working and providing innovative proposals.
My previous experience involved working in marketing and in politics. I served as a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Stockport from 2006-2010, at the time the youngest on the council by 15 years. I also stood for parliament in 2010 while living in Leigh against Andy Burnham and came a respectable third. My work with the Lib Dems has included spells working for two previous party leaders, Nick Clegg and Tim Farron. Outside of work I live in Blackrod, have been married to Alison for seven years and we have an eight year old son, Charlie, who is slowly becoming a regular at Victory Park.
I have been watching Chorley since 1988 and the 8th December this year marks 30 years since my first game against Newport County in the first Vauxhall Conference season. Over the years I have been to hundreds of games home and away. My favourite moments of recent years all revolve around Adam Roscoe and I was present at all of them. These were Boston and that overhead kick, Kidderminster and his last minute winner and winning the Lancashire Trophy for the first time in my watching history in 2012. My Dad, John, was a loyal fan for over 50 years who passed away in 2012, and so the club and supporting it through the good times and bad has always been a big part of my life.“