EFL Trust Board Membership Update

The EFL can confirm a number of personnel changes to the Board of its charitable arm, the EFL Trust, with two EFL nominated members and Independent Trustee changes announced.

Ashley Hackett joins the EFL Trust Board as an EFL nominated Trustee to represent the nationwide network of Club Community Organisations. Ashley has 25 years of Sports Development experience, including work at Blackpool Council, Wyre Council, Major League Soccer (USA) plus roles on school boards, steering groups and the EFL Trust Advisory Group.  He is now twelve years into his tenure at Blackpool Football Club Community Trust, and during his leadership years has grown the Trust significantly.

Experienced chartered accountant Roger Shepherd has been appointed as an Independent Trustee of the Board and joins with nearly twenty years spent in Board positions and brings expertise in HR, Operations, IT, Facilities and Legal matters.

Caroline Artis joined the EFL Trust Board in September 2023 as an EFL nominated Trustee having previously joined the EFL Board in June 2023. Caroline was a partner in EY for 24 years, during which time she became London Office Managing Partner and a member of the UK and Ireland two leadership team. She remains in an ambassadorial role at EY, as well as holding two non-executive positions and trusteeships of three charities.

Uma Cresswell has assumed a new role as Senior Independent Trustee having had a significant impact supporting the charity since joining the EFL Trust Board in November 2021. Uma currently serves on a number of boards both in the private and third sector, whilst running her own international HR consulting business.

“I am delighted to officially welcome Caroline, Ashley and Roger to the Board who I know will bring a wealth of experience and relevance to the roles and have a deep understanding of the challenges facing the charitable organisations that we support.

“We are also very pleased to see Uma move into a Senior Independent Trustee role following her extensive support over the past few years since joining the Board, at what is an exciting time for the EFL Trust.”

Liam Scully, Chair of the EFL Trust