Former Lincoln football boss refused licence for “extremely concerning” conduct

A former Lincoln football boss has been refused a gangmasters licence due to significant debts.

Raymond Trew is the managing director of Evro Ltd in Burton Waters and recently applied for a licence from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

They refused his application after a review into his previous conduct managing various companies which have racked up substantial debts.

He made his name while working top jobs in Lincoln City FC, Notts County FC and Notts County Ladies FC.

Mr Trew was the director of Pinnacle Advantage Ltd, which went into liquidation in June 2016.

He was also the director at three other companies at the same time which owed Pinnacle substantial debts.

Pinnacle, in turn, owed significant amounts of money to HMRC in unpaid VAT.

The GLAA gave Mr Trew the opportunity to respond to their findings but they received no response and so refused his application.

Charlotte Woodliffe, head of licensing at GLAA, said: “We found Mr Trew’s previous conduct extremely concerning.

“It is not the behaviour we would expect from the managing director of a GLAA licence holder.”

Acting as an unlicensed gangmaster is a criminal offence and carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a fine.