Brian Lomax MBE, the first chief executive of the Mayday Trust in Rugby, has died, aged 67.
Mr Lomax, of Barby, died following a four-month battle with lung cancer.
He was a former Daventry councillor and a central figure in rescuing Northampton Town football club from administration almost 25 years ago. As well as being key in saving the Cobblers, Mr Lomax went on to help other football clubs set up their own supporters’ trusts.
Patrick Murray, Mayday’s vice-chairman of the board said: “Brian is a big loss to the Mayday community. He was the trust’s first chief executive, serving almost 20 years.
“Even when I met him 10 years after he stood down, he retained his passion and dedication for Mayday’s work. His belief that people should be empowered and be supported to take control of their own lives continues to drive what we do today. In many ways Brian’s ethos paved the way for the development in the last few years of Mayday’s innovative service, building on people’s strengths rather than emphasising the challenges they face.”
Mayday services include supported housing and transition services for those moving from care.