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Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Our board of trustees consists of representatives from all our funding partners and sets the strategic direction of the Football Foundation.

 

Gary Hoffman

Gary Hoffman

Chairman
Independent

Roger Burden

Roger Burden

The FA
Representative

Martin Glenn

Martin Glenn

The FA
Representative

Richard Scudamore

Richard Scudamore

Premier League
Representative

Peter McCormick OBE

Peter McCormick OBE

Premier League
Representative

Rt Hon Richard Caborn

Rt Hon Richard Caborn

Government
Representative

Rona Chester

Rona Chester

Government
Representative

Click on a Board member's name to read their biography.
Gary Hoffman

Chairman

Gary is Group Chief Executive of Hastings Insurance Group.  Previously he was Chief Executive of NBNK Investments, an investment vehicle formed in August 2010 to establish a UK-focused retail banking serving personal and business customers and before that he was Chief Executive of Northern Rock.  Gary  was Vice-Chairman of Barclays plc. from 2006-08, having also been Chairman of UK Banking and Barclaycard at Barclays plc. following five years as Chief Executive of Barclaycard.

His career began at Barclays where he joined the graduate trainee scheme in 1982 having read Economics at Cambridge University. Throughout his career, Gary has had responsibility for service and sales to Barclays’ retail customers in the UK, he set up Barclaycall (Barclays’ telephone banking service) and launched the company’s internet banking service.

Gary was appointed to the Barclays Group Executive Committee in 2001 and joined the Board of Barclays plc. and Barclays Bank plc. as an Executive Director on 1 January 2004. He is a Board member of VISA Europe and a Board member of Trinity Mirror plc.

In July 2008 Gary received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Northampton, having been made a Visiting Professor in 2007.

Roger Burden

The FA Representative

Roger Burden is a Director of The FA, and Chairman of The FA’s National Game Board, which oversees the development and governance of football below the professional game.

He sits on many of The FA’s committees, including the Judiciary Panel, Board Finance Committee, Protocol Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Roger is also Chairman of the Gloucestershire Football Association and has represented his County for the past 12 years on The FA Council. He is also Chairman of the Cheltenham Sunday League and President of the Cheltenham Youth League.

Away from football, Roger is a Director of the Yorkshire Building Society. He is a former Chief Executive and Chairman of Cheltenham & Gloucester plc. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Member of the British Computer Society.

Martin Glenn

The FA Representative

Martin was named as The FA’s Chief Executive Officer on 6 March 2015. Prior to taking up his role at The FA, he worked as CEO at United Biscuits, a £1bn company which is home to the McVitie’s and Jacobs brands.

Martin came to prominence during his time at Walkers Snack Foods in 1992, where he increased their market share from the mid-20s to more than 60 per cent. He became company president in 1998 and ran the business till 2006, when he left to join Birdseye, which had been acquired from Unilever for £1.2bn. In 2003, he was awarded Marketing Week’s CEO of the Year, and in 2004 was voted the UK’s most influential marketer by Marketing Magazine.

An FA qualified grassroots coach, Glenn is also a former Leicester City FC non-executive Director, having sat on the Club’s Board between 2002-2006.

Richard Scudamore

Premier League Representative

Richard Scudamore has been a Trustee of the Football Foundation and Director of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund since the very beginning in 2000. He was appointed as Chief Executive of the Premier League in November 1999 and is responsible for negotiating the League’s broadcast and commercial contracts, as well as leading in any regulatory, legal or political matters.

Before taking up his roles at the Premier League and Foundation, Richard spent two years as Chief Executive of the Football League.

Previously, Richard was a Senior Vice President of the Thomson Corporation, based in New York, responsible for their US newspaper publishing division. He also managed all advertising, sales and marketing activities for the entire company.

Peter McCormick OBE

Premier League Representative

Peter McCormick OBE is the Senior Partner of McCormicks Solicitors of Harrogate.

Peter is regarded as one of the leading sports lawyers in the UK and is ranked as such by the leading independent guides to the profession.

He has been a member of the Legal Working Party of the Premier League since 1996 and following its expansion and reorganisation, Peter was made the Chairman of the retitled Legal Advisory Group in November 2008.

Peter has conducted legal matters on behalf of Leagues, Clubs and individuals at all the major sporting Tribunals including UEFA, FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

He is a Chairman of Sport Resolutions (UK), a national organisation offering arbitration and mediation services on sporting issues.

Peter has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector. He is Chairman and Patron of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation; Chairman of War Memorials Trust and a Trustee of the Helen Feather Memorial Trust and several other Charities; a Vice President of the Outward Bound Trust; Honorary Solicitor to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; a member of the Fundraising Support Group of the Royal Horticultural Society; and solicitor to the Harrogate International Festival. He is also Chairman of Visit Harrogate, the Destination Management Organisation for business and leisure tourism in the Harrogate District of North Yorkshire.

Peter was awarded the OBE in 2000 for his services to charity. In the same year he became the Inaugural Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year and also General/Niche Practice Lawyer of the Year at the Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year Awards. In 2008 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Business at the Ackrill Media Group Business Awards.

Rt Hon Richard Caborn

Government Representative

The Rt Hon Richard Caborn is President of the UK School Games and President of the Youth Hostel Association, as well as being the Government representative on the Foundation Board.

Richard is a keen amateur sportsman, playing golf, football and cricket – and in 2005 successfully completed the London Marathon.

He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1983 General Election, and was the Member of the European Parliament for Sheffield 1979-1984. He served as the longest continuous Sports Minister from 2001-2007 at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Rona Chester

Government Representative

Chief Operating Officer at Sport England, Rona is responsible for several functional areas including finance, business planning, information technology and grants management, in addition to working closely with Jennie Price, Chief Executive, on broader operational matters.

Rona joined Sport England on in 2010 from the Law Society, where she was Group Finance Director since 2007. As well as supporting the CEO on all financial and governance matters at the Law Society, she was responsible for developing the commercial awareness of the organisation and managing a team in finance, facilities and internal audit.

Her previous roles have included Finance Director at the communications industry regulator, OFCOM, European Finance Director for Sotheby’s and  CFO for  an international ship owner and operator. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and trained in the London Office of KPMG.

Previous trustees

  • Lord Pendry
  • Sir Dave Richards
  • Lord Giddens
  • Clive Sherling
  • Phil Smith
  • Jonathan Hall
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