Our Board

 

The EFL Trust Board of Directors is responsible for providing the organisation’s strategic direction and supporting the Senior Management Team.

The board consists of 4 ex-officio positions, 4 EFL nominated positions and 4 independent positions.

 

Shaun Harvey

Shaun Harvey was appointed Chief Executive of The EFL in July 2013, joining from Leeds United where he served as Chief Executive for nine years. The Yorkshireman was previously a member of The EFL Board of Directors, having been elected to the role by clubs in June 2011. Prior to his time at Elland Road, Harvey was Managing Director of Bradford City for ten years, having originally begun his career in football as Club Secretary of Scarborough in 1993.

His chief remit is to oversee the day to day administration and management of the largest single body of professional clubs in European football which includes the third most watched league competition, the Sky Bet Championship, as well as Sky Bet League One and Two, the Carabao Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy.

As well as being a Trustee of the EFL Trust, he is also on the Board of League Football Education (LFE), who offer over 1,300 apprenticeships to 16-18 year olds, the highest provider in elite sport.

Steven Day

Steven Day brings to his role of Trustee a huge understanding of EFL Trust and the network having been Chief Executive at Fulham Football Club Foundation for 9 years. Whilst in his final year at Fulham, the Foundation was named the London Checkatrade Community Club of the Year as part of the 2017 EFL Awards.

Steven left Fulham to take up his current role as Head of Participation at The FA in June 2017. He will be focused on growing participation in mini, youth, disability and adult football for both men’s and women’s football in England. Steven is a member of the UEFA Grassroots Panel and Chair of the County Sport Partnership in Surrey.

Gordon Taylor OBE

Gordon is Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, a position he has held for over 35 years.

A former professional player, Gordon made over 250 appearances for Bolton Wanderers and scored over 50 goals before being transferred to Birmingham City in 1970. He then joined Blackburn Rovers in 1976, spending the 1977 close season playing in the North American Soccer League for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Upon his return to the UK he played for Blackburn and finally Bury before retiring in 1980 to work full-time for the PFA after a twenty year career of over 500 games and over 50 goals.

In 1994 Gordon was appointed President of FIFPro (the International Association of Football Players’ Unions), a position he held until he retired in 2005, but he still remains as Honorary President. He has an Honorary Master of Arts from Loughborough University and is an honorary Doctor of Arts from De Montfort University Leicester.

Gordon was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008, recognising his services to Football and in 2011 he received the ‘Lifetime Contribution to North West Football’ award and also the ‘Contribution to League Football Award’. He is a member of the Hall of Fame for “Show Racism the Red Card” and responsible for setting up the “Community Programme in Professional Football” in 1986.

Nick Perchard

Head of Community Development, The Premier League

Nick is responsible for the delivery of the Premier League’s community strategy, which aims to use the inspiration of the Premier League and professional clubs to; help young people realise their potential, inspire ambition in communities and schools, support young people to improve their skills on and off the sports field, and invest in facilities and create opportunities in high-need areas. In 2016 Nick was appointed as a Trustee of the National League Trust as the Premier League’s representative.

Before joining the Premier League Nick was CEO of Hertfordshire FA (2009-2014), and County Development Manager at Essex FA (2006-2009) where he also sat on the Board of the County Sports Partnership. His early career was spent at Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust and QPR FC in the Community.

John Nixon (Chair)

John Nixon is Director of External Affairs at Carlisle United Football Club, EFL representative on the FA Council, Chair of the FA Cups Committee, England Ambassador and Chair of the EFL Trust.

He has been a football fan of Carlisle United since he can remember and he joined the board at the club in 2003, became Managing Director in 2006 and took a major shareholding in 2008.

Dedicated to his home city and the County of Cumbria, John is chair of the Cathedral Development Trust, the Finance Committee and the Fundraising Group. He is also director of a local company producing cotton and polyester products and bespoke environmental solutions.

Outside of work he is a keen follower of Formula 1 and a dedicated grandparent to four grandchildren.

Andy Williamson

Andy Williamson OBE’s career at EFL began in 1971, when at the age of 17, he joined the Player Administration Department. The Yorkshireman went on to serve virtually every department within the organisation.

Williamson, who retired at the end of the 15/16 season, was awarded the prestigious Contribution to League Football Award at the EFL Awards in 2016 for 45 years of unbroken service to the EFL and its clubs.

He played a key role in the formation of League Football Education (LFE) and is a current Trustee of the organisation.

During his career he has been personally involved in many of EFL’s defining moments including the introduction of three points for a win (1981), the League’s first title sponsorship (1983) and the introduction of the Play-Offs (1986) – the finals of which moved to Wembley in 1990 at his personal instigation. In 2012, he was awarded the OBE in recognition of his outstanding contribution to football.

Donald Kerr

Donald Kerr has been the Vice Chairman of Brentford Football Club since 2013. Donald first made his name as a Planning Director at advertising pioneers, JWT, and in recent years the long-term Brentford supporter has played an ever increasing role behind the scenes at Griffin Park. Firstly, as a hard working Director of Bees United (BU) before being nominated by BU as its second supporter-elected director on the board of Brentford FC nine years ago, which then led to his appointment as Vice Chairman of the club. Donald is also Vice Chairman of the Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust.

Since joining EFL Trust as a Trustee, Donald’s background in marketing has been instrumental to support the growth and direction.

Fleur Robinson

Fleur Robinson is Commercial Director of Burton Albion, a football club which will be competing in League One in the 2018/19 season, following two fantastic years in the Sky Bet Championship, which the Club fully aspires to return to.

When Fleur joined Burton Albion, its business side was almost non-existent and she has overseen a huge transformation, increasing match day attendance and launching the club’s corporate hospitality and conference facilities.

After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Business and Innovation, Fleur started worked at her family’s financial services business. She got involved in Burton Albion when her family took a majority share in 1997 and took on the position of Football Club Secretary in 2000. Soon after she added the position of Commercial Manager to her remit and she carried out both roles in unison for over a decade.

Fleur was later promoted to Commercial Director and is now one of only eight women elected to the 120-member FA Council and, having been involved in football since the 90s, has seen a great deal of diversification over the years.

Fleur is passionate about extending the club’s success into the community by supporting a number of charities and community organisations. She founded the Burton Albion Community Trust in 2010, and is proud to remain a Trustee of the thriving community involvement programme which aims to inspires, engage and educate local people and welcomes 8000 participants a week.

Charlotte Hill

Charlotte Hill became the Chief Executive of Step Up To Serve, the organisation that coordinates the #iwill campaign, in April 2014. From November 2010 to April 2014 she was the Chief Executive of UK Youth, having become CEO during the charities centenary celebrations. Before that Charlotte was Advocacy and Communications Manager at the charity for 18 months.

After studying Political Science & Philosophy at Birmingham University and working part time for Richard Burden MP during her studies, Charlotte started her career working in Parliament for Rt. Hon. Harriet Harman QC MP in a number of roles. After five years with Harriet Harman, Charlotte moved to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) as their Parliamentary Advisor.

After the NSPCC, Charlotte moved to Australia and worked for a Government Relations & Communications Consultancy and for a children’s charity in Sydney. She then worked in Cambodia on her way back to the UK, teaching English in an orphanage. She joined UK Youth in April 2009.

Alongside her Trustee role at EFL Trust, Charlotte is an RSA Fellow and a member of the Management Committee of Westminster House Youth Club in her local area. In 2012 Charlotte received the award of “Rising CEO Star” at The Charity Times Awards.

Katie Reed

Katie advises sports organisations on all general legal matters such as sponsorship agreements, kit supply agreements and player contracts.

She has substantial in house experience, having previously been seconded to three Premier League football clubs including one year at Manchester City FC.

Katie also advises on the sale/purchase of football and rugby clubs, having advised on around 20 Premier League and Football League club sales/purchases in the last few years.