HEREFORD FC's first chairman Jon Hale has returned to the role at the football club.

Hale was instrumental in the founding of the football club and was chairman in 2015 for a year until resigning due to a "conflict of interest" after setting up a new business venture.

However, he has now returned to the board and taken on the chairman role from Rob Crawford who has stepped down as chair.

“Our club demands and deserves a chairman that is the figurehead with specific skills including the ability to communicate across all platforms to all," said Crawford.

"Unfortunately, this is not an area that I enjoy or court. When I proudly accepted the position of chair, it was with a specific task in mind with the knowledge that the club would, when the time was right, need and benefit from a public-facing chairman.

“As a 'team' we have worked hard to make positive changes both on and off the pitch.

"Our job is not and will never be finished but with the whole of the club heading in the right direction together, we now need someone with the right skill sets to be our chair and drive us collectively forward.”

“Our previous chairman, Jon Hale, was recently accepted onto the Hereford FC Board and I’m delighted to say the board accepted my resignation as chairman and has agreed that Jon is the person we need in this important role and duly elected him to be our next chair, effective from June 1.

“I will remain on the board and actively continue to oversee the operations side of the business.”

“I have built great working relationships with not only Internal Stakeholders but with external organisations including, HUST (Hereford United Supporters' Trust), National League, police and Herefordshire FA.

"There is more work to be done in these areas but we are getting there and with Jon leading us, I’m very confident for the future.”

The Bulls' board is now at full strength after accepting the appointment of HUST nominated director Mike Langford on to the board of directors.