New job role for Keepmoat chief executive

Shane Chalmers, General Manager of the Keepmoat Stadium Management Company in Doncaster.
Shane Chalmers, General Manager of the Keepmoat Stadium Management Company in Doncaster.
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KEEPMOAT Stadium boss Shane Chalmers is to leave his role at the venue at the end of nextmonth.

Mr Chalmers, who has been chief executive of the Stadium Management Company since 2008, will take up a new role with AEG Europe, a leading sports and entertainment company.

Mr Chalmers joined the SMC when it started up five years ago and became chief executive a couple of years later.

He said: “It is with a sad heart that I will leave Doncaster and the stadium as I have thoroughly enjoyed working with and leading the SMC, but the opportunity I have been offered is a once in a lifetime role.

“We have a fantastic team at the SMC and a superb stadium, which has already made a real impact on the sports and entertainment world.

“My new role with AEG will see me become part of a new European Executive team who will be responsible for opening and managing a variety of new sporting and concert venues initially across Europe which I am really excited about.”

The controversial stadium, built at a cost of £32 million of public money, is currently experiencing troubled times.

It sought, and was granted, a loan of up to £300,000 earlier this month, just three months after Doncaster Council agreed to extend its long-standing £1 million loan guarantee.

The council’s cabinet was told that without the loan to help the stadium deal with the “peaks and troughs” of cash flow over the next few months the company could collapse.

The council is currently looking at the future of the stadium as part of a review of all its leisure facilities.

Mr Chalmers will leave on July 30, the day that chart-topping group Westlife are due to take the stage at the Keepmoat.