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18 January 2016

Tom Smith joins the board, Stephen Fry moves to new role

NORWICH City can confirm two further changes to the Board of Directors at Carrow Road.
Stephen Fry has stepped down from his position as a Director of the Board but we are pleased to announce he will continue to serve the Club in the new role of Norwich City Ambassador.
Meanwhile the Club is delighted to welcome 35-year-old former civil servant Thomas Smith as a new Director.
Stephen Fry joined the Board in 2010, since when his enthusiastic support has been a massive boost for the Club, with the popular actor, comedian and television personality helping to spread news of the Canaries' footballing, commercial and community activity around the world.
Stephen has also provided vital support and promotion for the Club's commercial and retail departments and the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, as well as working with our main sponsors on a number of projects.
His new role as NCFC Ambassador will enable him to continue to provide support in all of these vital areas, while stepping down from the Board and creating space for a new Director to join the ranks.
Stephen Fry commented: "My five years in the role have been an honour and a privilege beyond almost anything I can remember. I wish I could take credit for ushering the Club up from League One to the Premiership during that time on the Board. Actually, I'm going to. It was all me. It can't have been a coincidence.

"But now I'm so happy to relinquish my seat on the Board to Thomas Smith and to engage as fully as I can in the role of Ambassador for Norwich City. We have so much to proud of, both on and off the pitch, and I hope to welcome many new fans to the greatest club of all. On the Ball, City!"

Lifelong Canary fan Thomas Smith, who joins the Board at Norwich City with immediate effect, watched his first Norwich match at the old Den in 1989, having been taken to the game by his aunt and uncle, joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones.
Tom spent over a decade in the Civil Service in the UK and abroad, working in a variety of roles at the Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. After returning to the UK in late 2014, Tom left the public sector to start his own photographic business.

Tom commented: "As a lifelong fan it is simply an enormous privilege to be invited to join the Board of Norwich City Football Club.

"First I would like to thank Stephen for his devoted contribution to the life of this Club over the last five years. I am delighted that he has agreed to continue his passionate advocacy for Norwich in his new role as Club Ambassador.

"I wholeheartedly share Delia and Michael's passion for this Football Club, for its brilliant fans and for the values which underpin everything that it does. Football has the capacity to be an incredible force for good in this country and I'm proud to be part of a club which works so hard to serve its supporters and to generate a positive impact in the wider community.

"I'm joining a very experienced Board and I'm looking forward to learning from my fellow Directors, as well as all our football and non-football colleagues at Norwich, whose hard work and dedication culminated in that fantastic afternoon at Wembley."

Welcoming the changes, City's Chairman Ed Balls said: "Stephen has made a really important contribution since he joined the Board in 2010. His support for our commercial, retail and catering departments has helped to raise significant revenue for the Football Club - and the huge affection in which he is held by the public at home and abroad has definitely enabled him to help raise the profile of Norwich City.

"We're delighted he has agreed to continue to offer his support by carrying out the same duties for us in the role of NCFC Ambassador and he will continue to be a great asset for the Club.

"The Board is also pleased to welcome Thomas Smith as a new Director. As well as the experience and know-how he gained in the civil service, he brings bags of energy and passion for Norwich City to a Board which holds these qualities to be of the highest importance.

"Tom joins a team of Directors absolutely committed to working with all of our colleagues at Carrow Road and Colney to continue driving this great club forward."

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