The Board

Chairman Raj Singh is one of the best-known businessmen in the region having built up a strong portfolio of residential care homes throughout the Teesside area.

Mr Singh also owns a construction company and is involved in a number of investment properties across the United Kingdom.

His first steps in to business came when he was still a teenager running an off-licence in Redcar but he moved in to the care home sector in 1994 when investing in Longlands Road in Middlesbrough.

The business prospered and he is now the owner of Prestige Group which boasts a string of care homes across Teesside and one in the pipeline in Hartlepool.

A keen footballer in his younger days, he played in midfield or attack for a variety of teams including Whinney Banks Under-18s and Red Barns, though a damaged cruciate put paid to any dreams of turning professional!

He remained a passionate supporter of football in the region and in October 2008 he became Vice-Chairman at Darlington before stepping up to Chairman of the club the following year.

Having gained experience from his time at The Quakers’ helm, Singh was always keen to step back in to football ownership and is now determined to help guide Pools back in to the EFL.

Hartlepool born and bred, Jeff Stelling has become one of the most recognisable figures in sports broadcasting after presenting Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday since its inception in 1994.

Famed for his quick wit, Jeff along with his friends on the panel help keep millions up to date with the football results as they roll in every weekend – with a special emphasis placed on his beloved Pools!

Jeff was educated at Rift House Primary and West Hartlepool Grammar School before joining the Hartlepool Mail as a journalist where he spent four years learning his trade.

After a stint covering Middlesbrough for Radio Tees in the late-1970s, Jeff then went on to present on London’s LBC Radio and BBC Radio 2 before moving in to television with TV-am, Channel 4 and Eurosport.

In 1992 he made his move to Sky and shortly afterwards began work on their flagship show Soccer Saturday where he has remained ever since, often fronting the broadcaster’s Premier League and Champions League coverage as well.

He spent three years as the host of Channel 4 game show Countdown after succeeding Des O’Connor in 2008 and more recently presented ITV programme Alphabetical.

Among his many honours are a 2007 honorary Doctorate of Professional Studies from the University of Teesside and four successive Sports Broadcaster of the Year awards, while in 2010 he was granted the title of honorary freeman of Hartlepool.

Over the years Stelling has also helped to raise vast amount of money for charities and in 2013 he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Pools’ newly-appointed management team of Colin Cooper and Craig Hignett for the Finlay Cooper Fund.

More recently, Jeff has completed two epic marches raising money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK – completing 15 marathons in 15 days alongside then Pools Chief Executive Russ Green in 2015 before trekking from Victoria Park all the way to Wembley in 2016.

Last year his extraordinary efforts – which have helped raise over £800,000 for the charity – were recognised when he was named as JustGiving’s Fundraiser of the Year at their annual awards ceremony.

As passionate about Pools now as he was when he cheered on his favourite player Tony Parry at The Vic back in the 1960s, Jeff is to continue in his voluntary role as Club President after investing alongside Raj Singh in the successful takeover.

Ian is a vastly experienced solicitor who played a key role in driving through the deal for Raj Singh to complete his takeover at Victoria Park.

Originally a litigation lawyer, his specialist area since 2000 has been insolvency and over the years he has gained particular experience in insolvency within sport, with a number of football and rugby league clubs benefitting from his expertise.

He joined Blacks Law in 2010 as an associate and is currently operating as Head of Insolvency and Corporate Recovery but his work in the law sector spans three decades.

Having been brought up in Liverpool, Ian moved to Yorkshire in the mid-1980s where he lived with his wife and two young children.

Football has always played a huge part in his life and he’s been a keen amateur player until recent years when a hip operation at 54 forced him to hang up his boots.

Now he satisfies his passion for the sport by coaching the village football teams for whom his son daughter play for.

Ian takes up his place on the board on a voluntary basis where his skills and experience will blend perfectly with his encyclopaedic knowledge of the game at all levels.

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