BRIAN LEE MBE – CHAIRMAN
Brian has been involved in professional and community sport for over 38 years. He was an FA Staff Coach and Manager of the England Semi-Professional team and the Director of Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre for over 20 years. He managed Wycombe Wanderers in the 1970s when they were in the Isthmian League. He then became their Chairman and designed and project managed the building of their new stadium ay Adams Park.
He has always been involved in community sports delivery and has been involved in the Football Conference since 1991. He became Chairman in 2007 until 2015 when he stood down and Brian Barwick took on this role. He was subsequently made President of the renamed National League.
He served as a Magistrate and Lay Member of Mental Health Tribunals for over 35 years, and was made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list in 2016 for services to sport.
LORD FAULKNER OF WORCESTER
Born in Manchester, Richard has been involved in politics for most of his life, serving as a Labour Party branch secretary at 15. After graduating from Oxford he worked at the Labour Party HQ from 1967, and became a parliamentary candidate at the age of 23. He fought several elections but was not successful and in 1974 started a career in industrial journalism, becoming editor of Steel News.
He then set up his own public relations and communications consultancy, and was one of the first people to get involved in the world of public affairs and parliamentary relations. His connection with football started in 1978 when he was appointed a trustee of the Football Trust, and later became its secretary and then its deputy chairman. The Trust’s role in helping clubs comply with safety legislation and tackle the problems of crowd disorder was greatly expanded after the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.
He also served as the vice -chairman of the government’s Football Task Force in 1998/99 and in Parliament is vice-chairman of the All-Party Football Group. He was created a Labour peer in 1997. He is currently Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of Committees at the House, among other roles.
Dennis was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne and is a former professional footballer with 14 years in the game. He played for Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Wrexham AFC and Scunthorpe United during the 1970s and 80s.
Following his retirement from playing, he spent a short period gaining recreation and leisure qualifications before embarking in 1986 on the introduction of a pilot scheme under the name of ‘Football in the Community’. This programme, with 6 professional football clubs, was the starting point for all of the community programmes that exist today.
He was appointed Deputy Chief Administrator and supported the development of the programme until all 92 clubs were embraced within the scheme. During this period, he undertook numerous education courses including an adult teaching certificate and BSc (hons) degree in Physiotherapy.
He is currently the PFA’s Community Liaison Executive for the North of England with a remit to develop player involvement in community initiatives across the corporate social responsibility agenda in sports participation, education, health, social inclusion and equality.
NICK PERCHARD – HEAD OF COMMUNITY, THE PREMIER LEAGUE
The Premier League has organised the top-flight football competition in England since 1992. In that period, attendances have grown by 60% and media rights are now sold to every territory in the world, making it the world’s most watched regular domestic sporting competition.
Nick is responsible for the delivery of the Premier League’s community strategy, which has three key strands: investing in facilities, delivering sports participation, and supporting education and skills. In 2016 Nick was appointed as a Trustee of the National League Trust as the Premier League’s representative and also sits on the English Football League Trust’s Board.
Before joining the Premier League, he 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.
PAUL FAIRCLOUGH – ENGLAND C MANAGER
A former professional player and teacher, Paul has been manager of the England C team since 2003.
He has also managed Stevenage Borough (1990-98 and 2000-2002), and Barnet (2004-2008, and as caretaker manager in 2010, 2011, and 2014).
At Stevenage, he won the Football Conference Championship in 1994, and took the club to the FA Cup fourth round in 1988. Playing Newcastle United at home, they drew 1 – 1, earning a replay at St James Park that they lost 2-1.
In 2004-5 as manager of Barnet they led the Conference for much of the season and won by 12 points, securing promotion to the Football League.
He is particularly focused on young player development, and the opportunity for people of all ages and ability to be able to access sport activity.
Paul was appointed as a trustee in October 2017.