Bradford Bulls appoint first female director

Kate Hardcastle

Kate Hardcastle

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

The Bulls have broken new ground with the appointment of a first female director.

Kate Hardcastle, a lifelong Bradford fan and award-winning businesswoman, will join owner Omar Khan on the board of the Super League club.

Hardcastle, who grew up on the terraces of Odsal and hailed as a potential “Karren Brady of rugby league”, spoke to the Telegraph & Argus in September about her desire to help boost the club’s brand.

She has won over 20 professional awards for her marketing, media and charity work, including the Outstanding Business Woman in Yorkshire & Humberside.

Hardcastle, born in Huddersfield but raised in Bradford and owner of the charity Dreamgirls, first spoke to the Bulls about helping the club after news of the financial crisis broke in late March.

Today she was confirmed as a non-executive director, much to the delight of honorary chairman Gerry Sutcliffe.

The former Sports Minister said: “We are delighted that Kate is joining us and is a welcome knowledgeable and successful asset to the new team at the Bulls.

“Her results, drive and innovation are known and respected worldwide.”

Hardcastle will focus on developing the Bulls brand and building up the club’s fanbase amongst families and children as well as creating new opportunities for women in rugby league generally.

She said: “I have grown up with the team and the sport and I would only ever want to add value, to focus the team and to get the Bulls back to a position of strength.

“I look forward to having the support of the club and fans as we venture into new and exciting territories.”

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8:04pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Shipley Paul says...

Well slowly but surely the face of the Bulls is changing, and this can only be a positive move. Lets hope Kate can bring her positive style to the club.
Well slowly but surely the face of the Bulls is changing, and this can only be a positive move. Lets hope Kate can bring her positive style to the club. Shipley Paul
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9:10pm Tue 15 Jan 13

fraternise says...

Brilliant news what a positive asset Kate will prove to be - also a Bulls fan what more can we ask.
Brilliant news what a positive asset Kate will prove to be - also a Bulls fan what more can we ask. fraternise
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9:52pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Mr Capp says...

If they have appointed a female as a director of our club she must be good! Onwards and upwards!
If they have appointed a female as a director of our club she must be good! Onwards and upwards! Mr Capp
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7:48am Wed 16 Jan 13

VJ Man says...

Mr Capp wrote:
If they have appointed a female as a director of our club she must be good! Onwards and upwards!
What a rediculously sexist comment. We should be appointing the best directors we can to take the club forward, irrespective of their gender.
Just because you are female you shouldn't have to be especially good to get on our board!
Change your name to Andy Capp or Mr Crapp!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Capp[/bold] wrote: If they have appointed a female as a director of our club she must be good! Onwards and upwards![/p][/quote]What a rediculously sexist comment. We should be appointing the best directors we can to take the club forward, irrespective of their gender. Just because you are female you shouldn't have to be especially good to get on our board! Change your name to Andy Capp or Mr Crapp! VJ Man
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7:53am Wed 16 Jan 13

Ever positive says...

Great news
Great news Ever positive
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8:18am Wed 16 Jan 13

bullybullman says...

Another positive sterp forward at last we have business people running a business !
Another positive sterp forward at last we have business people running a business ! bullybullman
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8:33am Wed 16 Jan 13

Ralphie says...

If she "grew up on the terraces of Odsal" she must be as hard as nails. I nearly get hypothermia standing there for two hours most games!
If she "grew up on the terraces of Odsal" she must be as hard as nails. I nearly get hypothermia standing there for two hours most games! Ralphie
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9:53am Wed 16 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Can she play prop ?
Can she play prop ? VICTIMISATION
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12:33pm Wed 16 Jan 13

UNBULLIEVABLE says...

Excellent! , this could well be our BEST signing yet..... I firmly believe the board are serious about building a sound viable business here, which can only mean future success for the BULLS - COYB!!
Excellent! , this could well be our BEST signing yet..... I firmly believe the board are serious about building a sound viable business here, which can only mean future success for the BULLS - COYB!! UNBULLIEVABLE
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1:26pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Bone_idle18 says...

Marketing is the key to a successful business, so it's a massive step in the right direction.
Marketing is the key to a successful business, so it's a massive step in the right direction. Bone_idle18
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2:42pm Wed 16 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Success on the field makes the brand easier to market. FACT
Success on the field makes the brand easier to market. FACT VICTIMISATION
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5:07pm Wed 16 Jan 13

UNBULLIEVABLE says...

VICTIMISATION wrote:
Success on the field makes the brand easier to market. FACT
Agreed, but you can also put measures in place to make sure the "on field" success is acheived, providing you have the right people driving things forward and I for one truly believe Kate Hardcastle is just such a person COYB
[quote][p][bold]VICTIMISATION[/bold] wrote: Success on the field makes the brand easier to market. FACT[/p][/quote]Agreed, but you can also put measures in place to make sure the "on field" success is acheived, providing you have the right people driving things forward and I for one truly believe Kate Hardcastle is just such a person COYB UNBULLIEVABLE
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6:24pm Wed 16 Jan 13

oddshapedballs says...

and shes fit!!

Go on the sexist briggade!!!
and shes fit!! Go on the sexist briggade!!! oddshapedballs
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9:08pm Wed 16 Jan 13

theviking62 says...

Victimisation, FAKE, reverting to type, that nasty streak is begining to show. You'll be changing your name soon now you've been sussed.
Victimisation, FAKE, reverting to type, that nasty streak is begining to show. You'll be changing your name soon now you've been sussed. theviking62
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9:46pm Wed 16 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

What a strange woman you are !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a strange woman you are !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! VICTIMISATION
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7:58pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Shelfrhino says...

I think female directors should be attractive, otherwise what's the point in employing them?
This one's a minger.
I think female directors should be attractive, otherwise what's the point in employing them? This one's a minger. Shelfrhino
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