Richard Irving joined the Sport Business Centre PhD programme as a student in September 2014 having completed an MSc in Sport Management and the Business of Football at Birkbeck back in 2005.
The majority of his career has been spent working in the recruitment industry, initially working with recruitment consultancies then in corporate roles within the oil and gas industry. He left recruitment to join Supporters Direct as their Office Manager and Company Secretary in June 2017.
He spends his spare time either travelling or watching football, or both, and is a past Secretary and founding Board Member of the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, a former Board Member at the Rooks Trust at Lewes FC and now a regular volunteer at Lewes.
His major area of interest is the governance of football in the UK and Europe and the supporters’ trust movement in particular.