Meet The Men In The Boardroom
JAMES Brent became Argyle chairman in October 2011 following the Akkeron Group's acquisition of the club.
Founder and Chairman of the Akkeron Group of companies, under James' leadership, the Group has grown in just three and a half years to successfully incorporate the hotels and leisure sector, retail, large scale agriculture and urban regeneration - across the UK and in Europe.
James previously enjoyed a 25-year career as one of the city's leading investment bankers, from one of the youngest ever directors of merchant bank J. Henry Schroder and Co. to Citigroup's Global Head and Chairman of Real Estate and Lodging Investment Bank.
He has supported and helped to build many initiatives to revitalise the Devon area where he and his family live. His passion for the south west is reflected in a deep commitment to develop and promote the region.
Personally and through his business interests, James places a high value on opportunities to involve and give back to local communities - a motivation shared wholeheartedly by Plymouth Argyle.
A man with no previous interest in football, James now rarely misses an Argyle match, home or away. He continues to engage with every aspect of the Club from the Board meeting to the terraces and his "not that I know anything about football..." increasingly lacks credibility.
But for this chairman, 'the Beautiful Game' is about only one team, one Argyle.
James has an unshakeable belief in the Club's potential to achieve a future at least as great as its history.
SIMON is the Chief Investment Officer of a well-established US-based global investment management firm.
Former Plymouth College pupil Simon brings with him a winning combination of a passion for the Pilgrims and management skills that have seen the New Jersey business which he has helped grow and run for the past 25 years succeed in the highly competitive US marketplace.
Although based in America, his heart has remained close to Home Park, which he first attended in 1966 to see a couple of Cliff Jackson goals help beat Portsmouth 3-1.
Underpinning everything is a desire, shared with the Directors who appointed him, to see Argyle reclaim their place in the Championship and build from there as the Pilgrims pursue their strategy of evolution, rather than revolution.
David Felwick CBE
DAVID Felwick is a former Wing Commander in the Royal Air Force who spent his childhood in Plymouth and has a family home in Cornwall. David was educated at Devonport High School and has been a long-time supporter of the Pilgrims.
After retiring from the RAF at the age of 38, he went on to become a leading figure in the British retail industry, his significant contribution being rewarded with a CBE in 2004.
David joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1982 as a senior management trainee, where, within three years, he was a Department Store Managing Director. After a move to Waitrose as Director of Selling followed by 11 years as Managing Director, he was later appointed Deputy Chairman of the Partnership and, at the same time, Chairman of the British Retail Consortium.
David retired from the Partnership in 2004, joining Premier Foods PLC as Senior Independent Director. He has held a number of other Board roles as Director and Chairman in the food, marketing and farming sectors and has also been an advisor to the government on farming and countryside education.
RICHARD Holliday is a Managing Director at The Royal Bank of Scotland who specialises in sport finance.
Richard led the teams who arranged the long-term bond financing of Arsenal FC's Emirates Stadium and the financing arrangements for Liverpool FC on behalf of its current and previous owners.
He has also advised other leading Premiership clubs on credit rating and funding options.
Richard has more than 30 years of banking and finance experience, from his start at branches in Shropshire and Wales to a corporate banking career - BZW, Barclays Capital and RBS - in London, New York and Frankfurt.
An established expert in specialist infrastructure finance for the public and private sectors, he has worked on a wide range of transactions including the Docklands Light Railway, the Channel Tunnel rail link, the privatisation of NATS air traffic control and the introduction of an innovative financing structure to the UK regulated utility sector.
PETER Jones is a leading advertising and brand specialist whose extensive list of major corporate and government clients have included the Football League, Sport England and the GB 2012 Olympic Boxing Team.
Peter was vice-Chairman of Argyle FC from 2001 - 2005, during which time the Club moved up two leagues and more than tripled its average gate.He was educated at Plymouth College and has a family home in east Devon.
Peter's work has contributed significantly to the positive impact of many national and international clients and his commitment to the southwest has led him to play a similar key role in the region. His expertise continues to add to the success of promoting the America's Cup World Series in Plymouth.
Peter was until recently a member of the Southwest Regional Board of Sport England and is currently part of the Plymouth Brand Advisory Group. He is also a Trustee of the Lenkiewicz Foundation, a Plymouth-based educational charity.
JOHN is fellow director Simon Hallett’s brother-in-law. John heads up the Creedy Associates consultancy business providing profit-centred business and technical advice to farmers, farmer groups, the supply trade and government agencies.
On his appointment, in April 2016, John said: "I am particularly keen to learn more about and contribute to the development of the Academy, being a great believer that home-grown talent is a, if not the, most important element in a community-focused club such as Argyle.
"My 'secret shopping' trips to watch games this season have provided very real evidence of the passion supporters have for the club.
"I will do what I can to deliver on their and my dreams for the club in the future."
Chief Executive & Director
Argyle appointed Martyn Starnes as their new Chief Executive in July 2013.
Martyn joined the Pilgrims from Championship side Yeovil Town, where he held the same position for five and a half years. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive at Swindon Town.
A qualified accountant by trade, Martyn was also Chairman of the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and Chairman of the Yeovil Town Centre of Excellence.
He was responsible for the Glovers’ successful commercial, stadium, finance and football operations, including the Centre of Excellence, planning and executing the club’s overall strategy during their rapid rise through the divisions.
His final season at Huish Park was marked by the Glovers’ promotion to the second tier of English football for the first time, following their 2-1 play-off final win over Brentford.
Yeovil’s remarkable rise was achieved on one of League 1’s lowest playing budgets and an average home crowd of 4,071.
Martyn also oversaw the development of the Glovers’ Community Sports Trust which has generated more than £850,000 since its formation five years ago, latterly in the position of Chairman.
Martyn’s involvement in football throughout his life runs from top to bottom.
Tony Wrathall first became an Argyle fan after watching his first game in 1968. He was previously on the Argyle board between 2005 and 2011, rejoining in February 2014.
Tony, 56, is a Devonian and one of six siblings, born and brought up in Teignmouth. He married Jackie in 1976, has two daughters, and three grandchildren.
The family have been active in the tourist trade all their life, building up a very successful business in leisure Industry with a group of South Devon Holiday Parks.
Tony`s main interests in the board are commercial sponsorship and the Academy; as a former Argyle trialist and ball boy, youth development is very close to his heart.