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Club update

15 May 2020

Following the recent announcement that Jim Rodwell had left his role as Chief Executive Officer and Director at the club with immediate effect to join League One side Sunderland, the club’s Chief Operating Officer Leanne Mayo was appointed as Chief Executive Officer.

Leanne has worked as Scunthorpe United’s Chief Operating Officer since 2015. She is a Chartered Certified Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, with her previous remit at the club including Finance, Human Resources, Senior Safeguarding Manager and Lead Inclusion Officer. 

Leanne, who has also been a Director of the Lincolnshire FA since November 2019, is a graduate of the FA’s inaugural Women in Leadership Programme and the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. A family woman, she is married with two children, likes to travel, keep active and read. 

She said: “I am delighted to be able to take over from Jim and to offer continuity in these times of great uncertainty. Having worked closely with Jim for several years. I would like to thank him for the opportunities he has given me and express appreciation on behalf of all of my colleagues for his efforts at the club. We all wish him the very best at Sunderland and his new adventure in the North East.”

Chairman Peter Swann added: “I am delighted, that as a club, we can promote from within which means we can have a seamless transition regarding the CEO position. Leanne will have our full support and replace Jim on the Board of Directors immediately and set to task on the challenging issues we now currently face.”

Leanne continued: “Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the uncertainty around football at the moment, these are testing times for all clubs, not least ourselves, presently operating with a skeleton staff.

“However, our senior management team have been working hard throughout the last two months since the Sands Venue Stadium closed in mid-March, planning for the resumption of this season’s matches and also for various scenarios that might occur next season.

“The club is aware there has been a lot of questions and speculation about whether the 2019-20 League Two season will be completed, and regarding next season. Once there is clarity this will further aid our planning for the future, and we will of course keep supporters informed too.”

The club publicised its retained list last week and fans can expect an announcement in the coming weeks on our new kit supplier, as well as the new scholars joining the Under-18s set-up of our academy for next season.

We remain closed for the foreseeable future due to the current global situation, with the health and wellbeing of all employees and fans the number one priority.

Supporters are able to purchase 12th Man packages for next season at Early Bird Rates via Extending the deadline for Early Bird purchases is being considered depending on the outcome of any decision by the EFL about the remainder of this season and the 2020-21 campaign. We thank everyone who has purchased a season ticket so far, helping the club during these times. We appreciate some fans won’t or can’t purchase yet for next season and that is fully understandable but we’d encourage those that can to please do so to help your club.

Fans can also shop online 24/7 via Please note though that delivery times are slower than normal during the current pandemic and collection is unavailable while the stadium remains closed.

We will continue to keep you updated on all the developments at the club on our website and social media channels as soon as we’re able to, as well as keep supporters engaged with various content on our club accounts.

Leanne and the club are looking to introduce regular Fans Panel meetings during the new season and further details of these, and the process of how to get involved, will be announced in due course.

In the meantime, if anybody has any feedback, questions or suggestions for the Iron, supporters can get in touch with our senior management team as always by emailing

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