2016 Judges

clive-allenClive Allen, former English Footballer and Coach

Professional footballer for 17years playing at all levels for 11 clubs and country.

Double footballer of the year 1996/87.

Football coach at Tottenham Hotspur FC for 6 years between 2006-2012, 2 spells as caretaker Manager.

Football pundit for a selection of media organisations.

Born into a life of football that continues to grow as I do.

roy-baldwin-2Roy Baldwin, Partner, Smith & Wiliamson 

Roy Baldwin is a Partner in Tax Investigations at Smith & Williamson, the privately owned accountancy and investment management group. Roy was previously at Deloitte for four years before which he had spent over 30 years in HMRC during which he was Group Leader of the successful Offshore Fraud Group.

As well as being HMRC’s representative on the Seven Country Tax Haven Group for many years, Roy also sat on two groups at the OECD and the main Board which introduced the UK’s first tax amnesty, the Offshore Disclosure Facility. Having been a Competent Authority for the exchange of information, Roy received awards from the Japanese Tax Office for his services to information exchange. He represented HMRC at meetings with the British Banking Association and whilst at Deloitte was an advisor to both the British Banking Association and the Building Societies Association.

paul_barberPaul Barber, CEO Brighton & Hove Albion FC

Paul Barber joined the board of Brighton & Hove Albion FC as Chief Executive in June 2012.

Previously, Paul became the first British football executive to lead a team in to Major League Soccer when Vancouver Whitecaps FC entered the league in March 2011. He joined the Vancouver Whitecaps from Tottenham Hotspur FC, where he was the Club’s Executive Director for 5 years.

In addition to 14 years working in professional football, Paul has held senior positions in major international companies such as Barclays Bank PLC, where he was a member of the retail board, Ogilvy & Mather, the US-based advertising and communications group, where he was Chief Executive for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Abbey National PLC, now part of Santander, the Spanish banking group.

richard_bevan-1Richard Bevan, Chief Executive, League Managers Association

Richard was appointed to the post of Chief Executive in January 2008, following John Barnwell who had done much to raise the profile of the LMA in the last 12 years.

Richard joined the Professional Cricketers’ Association in 1996 & became Chief Executive in 2001 up to the end of 2007, leading them from a turnover of £47000 to a significant business organisation turning over in excess of £5m. He is also a Trustee of the Team England Player Partnership, Treasurer and a Director of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, a Director of the Professional Players’ Federation (the umbrella body for all players’ associations including the PFA, PGA, PRA, PCA and Jockeys’ Association).

Richard held an International Rally Driving License for six years and competed in three RAC Rallies. He played football and cricket to a high amateur standard and plays golf off a four handicap. Richard played football for 12 years for the Liverpool & Shropshire Ramblers & was football coach at Concord College Shropshire from 1984 – 1987. His abiding interest is business of sport!

adrian-bevingtonAdrian Bevington, Owner of Adrian Bevington Sport & PR Ltd

Former English Football Association Managing Director of England National Teams and Director of Communications.

Currently UK and Global consultant to clubs, associations, owners, and sports rights businesses.

Project consultant to Football Association of Wales – Euro 2016.

Experience of working at the past five FIFA World Cups 1998 – 2014
In South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 – Senior English FA Executive responsible for all team operations and communications.

One of world football’s most experienced Communications professionals.

Extensive UK and international football knowledge.

Expertise in football strategy, reputation and crisis communications.

Experienced spokesperson, chair of media conferences and TV/Radio broadcaster.

Former member of UEFA Media Committee.


Paul Blakeley, Managing Editor of BBC Radio 5 live and 5 Live Sports Extra

Paul has been a senior leader at the BBC for over a decade in a variety of editorial, operational and business roles.

Paul played football semi-professionally and is passionate about every aspect of game.

He has managed both girls’ and boys’ teams and is a life-long Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter.


bruce-buckBruce Buck, Chairman, Chelsea FC

Bruce M. Buck has been Chairman of Chelsea Football Club since Roman Abramovich purchased the club in July 2003. He is active in FA Premier League activities, being Chairman of the League’s Audit and Remuneration Committee as well as a member of its Legal Advisory Group.

Mr. Buck is also the partner in charge of the European offices of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, a well known international law firm with 2,000 lawyers based in offices around the globe. Mr Buck’s legal practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, as well as capital markets transactions. He was recently named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in Britain by The Times newspaper.

Mr. Buck is a long time Chelsea fan, having been a season ticket older since approximately 1990.

Kevin-BullKevin Bull, Partnership Director, Chevrolet Global Marketing, Manchester United

Kevin joined General Motors in August 2014 as the Partnership Director for Chevrolet’s Global Sponsorship with Manchester United, based in the UK but part of the Global Marketing Team he is responsible for all corporate affairs and the long term commercial relationship with the club.

Prior to his role at GM Kevin worked for IMG, managing athlete talent within the Golf Division and delivering major tournaments such as the Ryder Cup and British Open and most recently spent the last 8 years with Dentsu Sport as an Associate Director responsible for negotiating and activating commercial partnerships across a portfolio of clients including Vauxhall’s Home Nations International Football Sponsorships.

duncan-burbidgeDuncan Burbidge, CEO, StreamAMG

Duncan Burbidge is CEO of StreamAMG – the pan-European advanced media group that includes StreamUK.  He co-founded the group in 2001 and has overseen its cash-funded growth to deliver video to more subscribers than any other independent digital media entity.  Today the client list includes the BBC, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Liverpool Football Club, Google and the Football League and over the next three years the group is focussed on expanding its continental Europe sport offering – giving content owners a profitable way to retain their brand values whilst servicing and expanding their fan base.


dan-connollyDan Connolly, Head of Communications & Content, Havas Sports & Entertainment

Dan has more than 10 years experience across brands and governing bodies both in-house and agency-side.  Prior to HS&E Dan was Head of PR for England’s bid for the 2018 football World Cup, other experience includes Nike Football and Barclays’ Premier League sponsorship. He currently heads up the communications & content team at HS&E across our client portfolio.

A sport and fitness fanatic, Dan tries to find other things to do that don’t involve sport wherever possible.


Neil_DoncastorNeil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the Scottish Premier League

Neil Doncaster has been involved in football for the last 16 years. A solicitor by training, he came into the game when providing legal advice in relation to Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers. In 1997 he joined Norwich City as Company Secretary and, at the age of 31, became their Chief Executive. In his twelve years at City, the Club re-built its reputation with supporters, with season ticket numbers trebling over the period to 20,000 and the Club receiving a number of awards for community, business development and innovation.

While with Norwich, Neil was elected to the Board of the Football League and subsequently to that of the Football Association. In 2009 Neil left Norwich City to become the Chief Executive of the Scottish Premier League.

He now lives in Glasgow and is currently leading the League’s efforts to restructure the whole of the game in Scotland.

adrian-fordAdrian Ford, Managing Director, Turf TV

Adrian Ford is 52 years old and is Managing Director at Amalgamated Racing Ltd (AMRAC), a media rights holder and broadcaster who produce and distribute Turf TV, a live horse racing and betting events subscription channel delivered by satellite to UK and Irish bookmakers. Previously Adrian was Commercial Director at Arsenal Football Club, part of the management team who delivered the move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium. Adrian had responsibility for a range of revenue streams including sponsorship, retail, events and hospitality and online and mobile.

Aaron GourleyAaron Gourley, Editor, fcbusiness magazine

he newly appointed Editor of fcbusiness magazine, Aaron has worked on the publication for over 6 years, the last 3 years as Deputy Editor under the guidance of Jen O’Neill, gaining vast experience of the publishing world. During that time he has interviewed some of football’s leading figures and written extensively about the business of football and its many functions. A personal highlight during that time was interviewing UEFA’s Head of Marketing, Guy Laurent-Epstein in Paris at the launch of EURO 2016.  Aaron is often called up to speak on both local and national radio and television  about football club’s business activities and has attended many sports business conferences.


Russ Green, Chief Executive Rochdale AFC

Recently appointed Chief Executive at Rochdale AFC following his various roles at Hartlepool United.

Russ Green began work at Hartlepool United in 2002, initially drafted in as the Club’s Commercial Manager before taking on the Chief Executive role in 2005. Russ has an extensive background in the retail sector, having taken control of the family business Jack Green Sports which operated various well-known outlets in the Yorkshire region. His first taste of the football industry came at Scarborough where his innovative approach to business saw the coastal club become the first to sell sponsorship of their ground which was re-named The McCain Stadium. In 2011/12, Russ oversaw Hartlepool’s innovative and extremely successful Season Ticket campaign ‘Are You Coming To Pools?’ which saw the club increase Season Ticket holders from 2,000 to nearly 6,000. Last year he was named Chief Executive of the Year at the FC Business Awards.


Euan Inglis, Commercial Director Queens Park Rangers FC

Euan has been Commercial Director at Queens Park Rangers FC since 2011. Prior to taking up his role at QPR, Euan was Managing Director of athlete representation agency GMI for ten years. GMI represented a number of high profile sports clients from the world of Golf, Rugby, Snooker and Cricket, which included a golf major winner, snooker world champion and several England rugby players. Euan spent the early part of his career as a professional golfer, and is still a member of the Professional Golfers association.


tom-jonesTom Jones, Senior Principal, Populous

Tom is a Senior Principal in the London office of Populous and has a keen interest in how sports and entertainment buildings and events can enhance cities and communities. He has a great passion for sport and has been able to use this in the design and delivery of a number of high-profile projects around the world, including the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal FC and the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Tom is currently leading the design team for the new 61,000-capacity stadium for Tottenham Hotspur FC. This state-of-the-art facility features a 17,000-capacity single-tier stand, unique hospitality spaces and a retractable pitch to accommodate NFL games. The wider redevelopment project also includes the Tottenham Experience, a 26-storey hotel, an Extreme Sports facility, 500 residential units and a community health centre.

dominic_jordanDominic Jordan, Managing Director, Jordan Sports Partnerships JSP

Dominic has a decade of experience as a stakeholder within professional football. Previously being the hands on Operations Director, Managing Director & then Vice Chairman at Crystal Palace Football Club from 2000-2010.  Prior to his role at CPFC he was Operations Director at the Pocket Phone Shop managing the successful growth of the telecoms business, which was successfully sold to T-Mobile in the summer of 2000. Dominic founded JSP in 2010 to provide turnkey best in class solutions for organisations within professional sports, across the key areas of their business to increase their profits, reduce their cost and enhance their customer experiences.

Tanya-JosephTanya Joseph, Director of Business Partnerships, Sport England

Tanya joined Sport England in January 2012 as Director of Business Partnerships, responsible for corporate affairs and commercial relationships.

She has spent her entire professional life in communications, starting her career as a journalist before becoming a press secretary initially to the Lord Chancellor and then the Prime Minister, a role she held for over four years. Over the years she provided strategic counsel and practical advice to a wide range of clients including Tesco, Mars, Heinz, the Nuffield Trust, the Royal Mint, De Beers and Sir Robert McAlpine.

Tanya is a Fellow of the RSA and a Trustee of the Fawcett Society. She is also a Trustee of the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust. She is a member of the PR Council of the PRCA and chairs the PRCA Diversity Network.

Richard-KenyonRichard Kenyon, Marketing and Communications Director, Everton Football Club

Richard Kenyon was appointed Director of Marketing and Communications at Everton Football Club in 2014.

He arrived from Kenyon Fraser which, initially as Managing Director, and then as Chief Executive, he built into a leading marketing and communications agency in the North West region and one of the fastest-growing in the UK.

A lifelong Evertonian, his current role at the Club involves him overseeing marketing, insight, corporate communications, PR and media functions. Fan engagement, delivering best-in-class service for partners and ensuring the continued positive development of the Club’s reputation are key objectives, and recent recognition of this work has come in the form of a number of prestigious awards.

Richard’s passion for sports has shaped his career, with previous roles including Director of Development (UK and Europe) for Major League Soccer (Camps and Training) as well as providing consultancy services for Aintree Racecourse and the Jockey Club (Grand National) and three years working with the R&A on golf’s Open Championship, the oldest of golf’s four major championships.

In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has since achieved Chartered Fellow status. He is a regular speaker at marketing and sports seminars across the UK and internationally.

Joe-LyonsJoe Lyons, West Ham United Foundation Chief Executive

With over ten years’ experience working across the community sports sector, Joe Lyons has been instrumental in linking education with traditional football-themed programmes. Since joining the West Ham United Foundation in June 2013, Joe has created innovative ways to break down social barriers for communities, young people and wider partnerships to achieve. With a strong understanding of the affect football has on attitudes towards learning, achievement and aspiration, he has developed a number of sport and non-sport based projects in order to foster opportunities for local communities.


alistair_mackintoshAlistair Mackintosh, CEO, Fulham FC

Alistair Mackintosh joined Fulham Football Club as Chief Executive in the summer of 2008.  He was previously Chief Executive at Manchester City Football Club and over a ten year period saw the Club travel from the Second Division back to the Premier League and from its Maine Road home to the City of Manchester Stadium.

Having trained as a Chartered Accountant with PWC, Alistair spent a number of years working for Sony before entering the football business.  He has also held Board positions at a radio station, a museum, a leisure centre group and a charity.


Katrien MeireCEO Charlton Athletic FC

Katrien holds a Master of Laws from the University of Leuven and an LLM from University College London. She started her legal career in a magic circle firm specialising in European Competition Law. Advising and writing articles on the selling of sports media rights and state aid for sports stadia led to her involvement in football. Since January 2014, Katrien, as CEO, has been responsible for the management and day-to-day operation of Charlton Athletic Football Club and is one of the few female executives in English football.


Jez-MoxeyJez Moxey, Chief Executive, Norwich City FC

Recently appointed as Chief Executive at Norwich City FC following his time at Wolves.

Jez joined Wolves from Stoke City Football Club, where he had held the post of chief executive since January 1995. Born in Hemel Hempstead, he previously worked with Glasgow Rangers and Partick Thistle. He has also run a successful sports marketing business which included representing professional footballers, basketball players and other sportsmen/women.

Responsible for implementing the £14.74 million Britannia Stadium project in 1997, Jez also led the negotiations in the multi-million pound deal which resulted in an Icelandic consortium purchasing a controlling interest in Stoke City. 

Perry-KeithKeith Perry, Group Sport Managing Editor, Telegraph Media Group

Keith Perry is a Fleet Street veteran of more than 30 years’ experience. He is a former Daily Telegraph sports editor who now works across the Telegraph group as Managing Director, Sport and runs the Telegraph sponsorship and partnership business.




Sam Rush, President & Chief Executive, Derby County FC

Sam Rush joined Derby County Football Club as their President & Chief Executive in January 2013.

Sam began his career with law firms SJ Berwin and Bird & Bird and prior to joining Derby, was the President of International Sports Marketing and Management Company the Wasserman Media Group for more than 10 years.

Additionally, Sam has been listed as one of the most influential individuals in Sport in the ‘Times Power 100’, Sport Business ‘World Leading Agents’ and Sport Business ‘World Leading Lawyers’.  Most recently he was awarded fcbusiness Championship CEO of the Year and overall fcbusiness Football CEO of the Year.

David_SheepshanksDavid Sheepshanks CBE, Chairman of St George’s Park

David Sheepshanks is best known for his extensive career in Football, serving The FA, The Football League and Ipswich Town over the last 25 years. Today he is Chairman of St George’s Park (previously known as The FA’s National Football Centre) as well as Chairman of FA Learning Ltd (the educational subsidiary). He is a previous Chairman of the Football League (2 years), was a long serving member of FA Board (12 years) and FL Board (12 years) and former Chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club (14 years). David was elected to the Ipswich Town Board in 1987 and served as Chairman from 1995-2009, leading the sale of the Club to Marcus Evans in December 2007.

His business background was in the food industry including Starfish Ltd and Suffolk Foods Ltd, both of which he started and later sold, and local radio. His current business interests include being a Regional Chairman of Coutts Bank, Non-Exec Chairman of Environmental Biotech and other Directorships/Consultancies including Moshen Ltd and Onside Law.

bob-symnsBob Symns, Chief Executive Officer, Peterborough United FC






Paul-ThorogoodPaul Thorogood, Chief Executive Officer, Football Foundation

Paul enjoyed a 30-year career with the RAF before he decided on a career change, joining the Football Foundation in 2006.  During his time with the Armed Services he saw active service in support of operations in the Falkland Islands, Afghanistan and both Gulf Wars, mostly in the operational logistics role.  Paul was also actively involved in football administration throughout his career, rising to be Chairman of the RAF Football Association, a county FA on the FA Council. Paul’s professional background is in operational logistics and organisational change management. He has an MA from Kings College London and a post graduate diploma in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick. The Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK, receiving funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, and is responsible for delivering a transformation in grassroots community sports facilities across the country.

alex-trickett-2014Alex Trickett, Head of Sport UK, Twitter

Advising the world’s biggest sports teams, players, organisations and broadcasters on how to use Twitter, Vine and Periscope to meet their objectives and grow reach and engagement.

Lead Twitter’s relationships with Fifa, Uefa and the IOC and have helped to deliver engaging social activations for the biggest sports events in the world, including Premier League, Champions League, World Cup, Rugby World Cup, Euro 2016, Wimbledon, Olympics and more.

Seasoned speaker at the sports industry’s biggest conferences and judge for Sport Industry and Football Business awards.

Sree-varmaSree Varma, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, iSportconnect

Sree Varma has over sixteen years of marketing and sales experience ranging from pharmaceutical, retail to the sports industry.  He has worked as Commercial Director at Business F1 & Sports Pro, and as a Consultant for Sport + Markt. From 2008 he was running Glitzier Sports Consultancy and has an MBA in Marketing.

Sree was recognised for his hard work at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2013, after sealing the Special Merit award for Social Media Entrepreneur and has been identified as one of the most influential business founders with an inclusion in the City AM top UK entrepreneurs list.

In 2010 Sree co-founded iSportconnect, the largest global private network of Sport Business Executives, a one-stop platform for any quintessential Sport Business Industry executive.

trevor-watkinsTrevor Watkins, Partner, Pinsent Masons

Trevor is the head of our Sports Sector and regarded as one of the leading advisers to the sports industry, “…a superb lawyer who has handled some truly cutting edge work” (Chambers Legal Directory). Recognised by Sport Business International as one of the World’s top 20 sports lawyers, he also has substantial practical experience of the sector.

Known for his extensive experience he is regarded as a “go to” advisor, a reputation built on his leading the rescue of AFC Bournemouth, time as Chairman of the club, election to the Football League board and subsequent founding of Supporters Direct.

ben-wrightBen Wright, Commercial Director, The Football League

Ben Wright joined The Football League in October 2014 from Wasserman Media Group where he was Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Business Development. Previously, he was Head of Commercial at Tottenham Hotspur for five years and has also held the position of Sponsorship Manager at The Football Association and Brand Manager at Carlsberg Tetley.