Avens had been club chairman for nearly two years and during his tenure helped steer the club through its transition period from being on the brink of going under, to achieving community status and, come April being debt free.
His decision to resign his post was agreed at the club’s monthly board meeting on Tuesday February 13.
Avens, who is deputy managing director of Richer Sounds - the largest independent hi-fi, AV and TV retailer in the UK said: “My decision to step down was forced upon me by my increased work commitments. I’m now just not able to commit the necessary amount of time needed to fulfil the role of chairman of this great club.”
“I shall continue to serve the club as a member of the board and will be working with and supporting other club colleagues in whatever way I can.” Avens continued: “We have just begun the process of working towards the FA Charter Standard recognition which I’m looking forward to seeing us achieve.”
He concluded: “I’d like to thank all my fellow board members for their commitment and the support they have given me.” “They have all put in a huge amount of time and effort over the last couple of years and I look forward to be being part of and doing what I can for this club for many years to come.”
Vice chair Sue Norwood will take back over the role as chairperson until the club’s AGM later in the year. Mrs Norwood said: “On behalf of the board, club members and playing squad I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jez for all he has done for the community club during his term as chairman. We’re all disappointed that Jez has decided to step down.”
“He has done a superb job in helping to unify this club and we are all grateful for what he has helped us to achieve in such a relatively short space of time. Jez will be continuing to work with us and continue to support me in an advisory role”
Updated 08:40 - 15 Feb 2018 by Pitchside View