The FA's Management Team, working together with The FA Board, Council and staff, aims to deliver an effective and professional organisation for the greater good of English football.
The FA consists of a permanent staff, predominantly based at its headquarters at Wembley Stadium.
The FA Board
David Bernstein – Chairman of The FA
David became The FA Chairman in 2011 having previously served as Chairman of Wembley National Stadium Limited.
David was on the Board of Manchester City FC for nine years, five of them as Chairman. During this time, the Club returned to the Premier League and David led the negotiations which delivered a new stadium. He is a chartered accountant with a long career in business, sitting on the Boards of several public companies including the French Connection Group Plc, Ted Baker Plc and the restaurant chain Carluccio’s Plc. He was previously the Chairman of Blacks Leisure Plc. Since 2003 he has been a Director of Wembley Stadium and is also President of Level Playing Field and the Centre for Access to Football in Europe.
David represents The FA at UEFA and FIFA Congress meetings and also serves on UEFA’s Club Licensing Committee and FIFA’s Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility. He also serves on The FA’s Disability Equality Advisory Group, Finance Sub-Committee, Nominations Committee and Remuneration Committee.
Alex Horne – General Secretary
Alex was appointed General Secretary of The FA Group in May 2010 as the leading executive officer for The FA and all the subsidiary companies within The FA Group. He also serves on The FA’s Finance Sub-Committee, UEFA’s National Team Competitions Committee and FIFA’s Task Force Football 2014.
As The FA’s Chief Operating Officer from July 2008 to May 2010, he was responsible for the delivery of all Corporate Services across The FA Group structure, including finance. He was also the executive lead on the development of St. George’s Park. As Managing Director of Wembley Stadium from December 2006 to July 2008, Alex was responsible for the delivery of the Stadium’s events and all areas of its day to day operation after ensuring a smooth handover from Stadium constructors Multiplex. Prior to joining The FA in 2003 as Finance Director, Alex qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising in business improvement and corporate turnaround assignments.
Barry Bright – National Game
Barry serves as one of the four National Game Directors on The FA Board and is also the Leader of The FA Council. Barry was first appointed on to The FA Council in 1984 and is now a Vice-President of The FA, Chairman of the Football Regulatory Authority and a member of the National Game Board, National Game Finance Committee and League Finance Committee. Barry also serves as a Trustee of The FA’s National Sport Centre Trust, Youth Trust and Benevolent Fund and is a Director of the National Football Centre Limited.
A retired surveyor / estate agent, Barry has previously served as Chief Executive for both Sittingbourne FC and Gillingham FC and was a member of the Kent Police Authority. Barry is the Chairman of Kent County Football Association and his role extends into international football, serving as a member of UEFA’s Disciplinary Appeals Body.
Roger Burden – National Game
Roger was first appointed on to The FA Board in 2001. He is Chairman of the National Game Board and is a Vice-Chairman of The FA having been appointed on to The FA Council in 1995. Roger also serves on the Finance Sub-Committee, Judicial Panel, Protocol Committee, Nominations Committee, National Game Finance Committee and Remuneration Committee, the latter two of which he also Chairs. Roger is the Chairman of Gloucestershire County FA and is also an FA representative on the Football Foundation and Football Stadia Improvement Fund.
Roger is a former Chief Executive and Chairman of Cheltenham & Gloucester Plc and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Member of the British Computer Society.
Michael Game – National Game
Michael was appointed on to the Board in 2006 having previously been appointed on to The FA Council in 1999. Michael serves on the National Game Board, Finance-Sub Committee, Nominations Committee, Race Equality Advisory Group and Health and Safety Committee, the latter of which he Chairs. As a member of The FA’s Women’s Super League Board, Michael plays an instrumental role in the development of women’s football. He also Chairs the Sanctions and Registrations Committee and is a member of the National Game Finance Committee and Football Development Committee.
Michael is The FA representative for Essex County FA and has held various roles with amateur leagues within Chelmsford. Michael’s professional career included a number of senior positions with the electricity supply industry and he was also a former member of Chelmsford Borough Council.
Mervyn Leggett – National Game
Mervyn was appointed on to the Board in 2010 and is a Vice-President of The FA, having previously been appointed as the representative for Worcestershire County FA in 1992. He serves on the Women’s Committee, Leagues’ Committee and Pitches and Facilities Committee, the latter of which he Chairs. Mervyn also serves as a Trustee of The FA’s National Sport Centre Trust, Youth Trust and Benevolent Fund.
Mervyn had a career in the Sports Insurance industry prior to being appointed as the Chief Executive of Worcestershire County FA.
David Gill – Professional Game
David was appointed on to the Board in July 2006, is a member of the Professional Game Board and also serves on the Nominations Committee. He was appointed onto The FA Council as a representative of The FA Premier League in 2004. David also serves as an Executive Board member of the European Clubs’ Association and UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council and Club Competitions Committee.
A chartered accountant by profession, David is currently Chief Executive of Manchester United FC having been previously appointed as the Club’s Finance Director in 1997. He held similar roles at Proudfoot Consulting Plc and First Choice Holidays Plc.
Anthony Kleanthous – Professional Game
Anthony serves as a representative of The Football League on The FA Council having first been appointed in 2008. He was appointed on to The FA Board in 2009 and also serves on the Nominations Committee, International Committee, Professional Game Board and the Football Regulatory Authority.
Anthony is involved in a number of business interests away from football and is Chairman of Barnet FC, becoming the youngest Chairman in the Football League when he took over the Club at the age of 28. He is also a Board member of the Football League having previously held the same position with the Football Conference.
Keith Lamb – Professional Game
Keith joined the Board of The FA in 2011 as a representative of the Football League. Keith joined The FA Council in 2007 and serves on the International Committee, FA Cup Committee, Professional Game Board, Finance Sub-Committee and Remuneration Committee.
Keith is a chartered accountant by profession and served as the Chief Executive of Middlesbrough FC until 2011 during which he oversaw the move from Ayresome Park to the Riverside Stadium. He remains a non-executive Director of the Club and a member of the Football League Board.
Sir David Richards – Professional Game
Sir David represents The FA Premier League on The FA Board having been appointed onto The FA Council in June 1994 and is a Vice-President of The FA. He is a member of the Professional Game Board, Finance Sub-Committee, FA Cup Committee and the International Committee, the latter of which he is also Chairman. Sir David also Chairs the European Professional Football Leagues and is a member of FIFA’s Strategic Committee.
Sir David is Chairman of The FA Premier League, a position he was first appointed to in 1999 and was previously the Chairman of Sheffield Wednesday FC. Sir David has previously held a number of business interests outside of football and, in 2006, received a knighthood for his services to sport.
Roger Devlin – Independent Non-Executive Director
Roger was appointed on to the Board in 2012 and brings a genuine passion for sport and football. He was awarded a golf blue while reading law at Oxford, served as a Director of PGA European Tour Courses between 2000 and 2002, and is a member of the R&A and the Racehorse Owners’ Association.
Roger was an executive Director of Hilton International and Ladbrokes and now chairs a number of substantial private companies including Satellite Information Services which incorporates BBC Outside Broadcasts. He has been a financial advisor to a number of Premier League clubs and demonstrates an excellent understanding of the business of football. Roger serves on The FA’s Group Audit Committee and Finance Sub-Committee.
Heather Rabbatts – Independent Non-Executive Director
Heather became The FA’s first female Board member when she was appointed in 2012. Heather was born in Kingston, Jamaica, trained as a barrister but made her name as the youngest local authority chief executive and subsequently went on to run the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Merton and Hammersmith and Fulham. She then left the public sector and worked in the private sector, primarily in media, before becoming the Executive Deputy Chair of Millwall FC in 2006.
Heather has held a number of senior positions including Governor of the BBC and the London School of Economics, Trustee of the British Council, and a non-executive director of Crossrail, the UK Film Council, Bank of England, Grosvenor and the Royal Opera House. She was awarded a CBE in the 2000 New Year Honours list. Heather serves on The FA’s Remuneration Committee.