Who is the new man behind CUFC?

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Andrew Lapping was born in Carlisle but left the city aged eight. He has since lived all around the country but, as far as Carlisle United's concerned, he was "born into" the club.

He celebrated his birthday last week, but says his biggest present came yesterday with the news that the supporters trust has approved his plans to invest £1.26m in CUFC.

Speaking to us from his home near Corbridge, in Northumberland, he said:

Mr Lapping worked for PricewaterhoursCoopers (now PwC) for 12 years, specialising in corporate finance and tax planning.

In 1999 he established a private equity company, the Hamilton Portfolio Ltd, of which he is Managing Director. He has managed a number of private equity and AIM investments. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

He recently bought a farm, where he now lives, but he told ITV Border that he's not running the farm himself and has left it to a farm manager.

Mr Lapping has already become involved in the club and is helping to find some new people for key management roles.

Mr Lapping is keen to get a number of local businessmen on board to buy a 45% share in the Club. But he says there is a regulatory process that needs to be gone through before the investment can be finalised.

He has told us he is hopeful things should be in place by the end of June.