‘Fax confirm departure of CEO and director

Halifax have announced the resignations of CEO Christian Lister and Finance Director Paul Haggerty with immediate effect.

Reports this morning suggested the pair had stepped down and the club has now confirmed.

Lister served the Club as a volunteer and director since the 2018 season and took on the leadership of the board at the end of that season.

The club say “he has overseen the club in a period of change, both in the structure of the game and internally as a new coaching team was introduced”.

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Lister said: “It has been a great privilege to lead the club, and to reignite a support which dates back to Thrum Hall and some of the club’s finest achievements.

“It was wonderful to be part of a reminder of those times at the Coral Challenge Cup Semi-Final, when Simon Grix’s side performed with such distinction.

“The time commitment, alongside my business interests is increasingly difficult to manage, and I have to think of my family.

“Leaving the Board will not end our support of the Club, we will continue to support the Club from the Stands.”

Paul Haggerty also cited work and personal commitments behind his decision to depart.

He said: “It is with regret that I have reached the decision to step down from my director’s role at Halifax RLFC with immediate effect.

“As a fan for over 40 years, it was very humbling to be given the opportunity to take on this role and one I will never forget.

“However, my personal work commitments over the last few months resulting in me being away for days on end and along with a new grandchild means I am unable to afford the time I, or most importantly Halifax RLFC, need for me to continue in the role.

“I must thank my fellow directors who have been a strong and resilient team to work with and are a credit to the club plus the office staff who are in all essence the engine room and should be highly praised for what they do.

“Also, a big thank you to all the willing volunteers who epitomise how a club is loved and indeed becomes a way of life.”

Director Dave Grayson will be joined on the board by Laurence Turner and Gary Bray.

The club say they will make further announcements “as to board membership” within the next few days “when responsibilities have been finalised”.

The statement closed by thanking the pair for their services and wishing them well for the future.

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