Sean Hamil

Sean Hamil is a Lecturer in Management at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he is the academic programme director of the postgraduate sport management programmes, and a Director of Birkbeck Sport Business Centre.

He is a member of the academic scientific committee of the Master in European Sport Governance (MESGO) –  in which Birkbeck is a partner with four other leading European universities. The programme is a high level executive training programme supported by six of Europe’s leading sport federations: CEV (the European Volleyball Confederation); EHF (the European Handball Association); FIBA Europe (International Basketball Confederation-Europe); FIRA -AER (European Rugby Association); the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF); and UEFA (Union of European Football Associations).

Sean is also a lecturer on the UEFA Certificate in Football Management (CFM) management development programme for executives in UEFA member national associations, focusing on the topic of the organisation and governance of world and European football. In this regard Sean is the author of the chapter on the governance of the “Organisation of World Football” in the UEFA Handbook of Football Association Management.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA Hons., Economics & Politics) and the London School of Economics (MSc Industrial Relations & Personnel Management), following an early career in economic forecasting and marketing consultancy with the Henley for Forecasting, now part of the WPP international marketing and advertising services group, Sean went on to co-author and author two books on corporate social responsibility –Changing Corporate ValuesLondon: Kogan Page, (1990); and Britain’s Best Employers. London: Kogan Page, (1991).

He has subsequently focused on his core interest – the corporate governance and regulation of sport on which he has written and co-edited an extensive range of articles – notably the 2001-2003 editions of the State of the Game (London: Birkbeck College) corporate governance of English football review – and a number of books including: The Changing Face of the Football Business: Supporters Direct. London: Frank Cass, (2001); Football in the Digital Age: Whose Game Is It Anyway?Edinburgh: Mainstream, (2000); and A Game of Two Halves? The Business of Football. Edinburgh: Mainstream, (1999). Most recently he is co-editor of Managing Football: An International Perspective. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann, (2009); and author and co-editor of Who Owns Football?: The Governance and Management of the Club Game Worldwide.Oxford: Routledge, (October 2010).

Between 2003 and 2009 he was an elected director of Supporters Direct, the UK government-sponsored not-for-profit organisation established to assist football supporters to set up supporters’ trusts (co-operatives) which then invest co-operatively controlled equity in their football club with the aim of securing the position of clubs in their historic role as key community assets, and to act as vehicles for the implementation of effective corporate social responsibility. Sean was responsible for establishing Supporters Direct activities in Scotland, where a number of clubs now have trusts as significant minority investors.

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