The Role & Responsibilities of a Non-Executive Director of a Football Club

The Role & Responsibilities of a Non-Executive Director of a Football Club

Room G01 – Clore Management Centre,
Birkbeck College,
Torrington Square,
London WC1 7HX

Wednesday 15th February 2006 at 6pm

Given by:

Roger Finbow, Managing Partner Ashurst LLP & Non-Executive Director, Ipswich Town Football Club

Roger Finbow is the Managing Partner of the Corporate department at leading City of London law firm Ashurst, where he also advises on competition law and is the head of the Sports Practice Group. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Ipswich Town Football Club for the last eight years during which time the club has appeared in the play-offs five times, enjoyed promotion to the Premiership, participated in the UEFA Cup, been relegated, and spent a period in financial administration with the club currently emerging from a CVA.

In this seminar, drawing on his long experience as a corporate lawyer and as a Non-Executive Director in the sports sector, Roger will first outline the broad corporate governance framework within which all company directors execute their duties; making special reference to the Combined Code corporate governance guide and other best practice codes. He will then discuss the particular challenges peculiar to being a football club director, notably that as well as performing successfully in business terms in the interests of their shareholders, the key purpose of any conventional business enterprise, football clubs are compelled to respond to the demand by their wider stakeholders – the supporters – for success on the pitch as the primary corporate objective. Roger will explain how responding to these twin challenges presents special challenges for Non-Executive Directors.


For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Tel: 020-7631 6763

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