The FA Structure

The FA Board

The Football Association'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 and St. George's Park in Burton.

The FA Board

Executive Director: Mark Bullingham, Chief Executive Officer

Mark was named as The FA’s Chief Executive Officer on 1 August 2019.  Mark joined The FA in August 2016 and previously led the commercial, marketing, digital and participation functions at the organisation, where under his tenure annual revenue at The FA rose by over £100m.

He previously held the position of CEO EMEA for Fuse Sports & Entertainment, responsible for running one of the fastest growing businesses in the sector.  The team had grown quickly over five years to 245 across 17 offices with an annual fee income of over €28m.  The client portfolio included 10 of the top 30 global brands.

Mark joined Fuse in 2011 from his position as Director of Marketing for the America’s Cup Event Authority in San Francisco, where he helped transform the global event.

Mark has negotiated over $2billion of partnerships across a variety of platforms in sports, arts and music and is a qualified Level One coach involved in grassroots football.

National Game Representatives

Robert Cotter
Bob was appointed onto The FA Board in July 2016, having been appointed to The FA Council in 2009 as representative of Northamptonshire County FA. He is the Chair of the National Game Board and serves on the Youth Participation and Development Committee, Futsal Committee and National Game Finance Committee. He is the Chairman of Northamptonshire County FA and a former primary school head teacher.

Jack Pearce
Jack was appointed onto the Board in 2015, having first been appointed as a Divisional Representative on The FA Council in 2001 and is a Vice-Chair of The FA. Jack serves on the National Game Board, Remuneration Committee, Judicial Panel, National Game Finance Committee and Alliance Committee, the latter of which he chairs. Jack was formerly a player and manager of Bognor Regis Town and continues to serve the club as its General Manager and Vice-Chairman. Jack is a Board member of the National League and a Council member of Sussex County FA as well as being a trustee of the Football Foundation. 

Sue Hough MBE
Sue was appointed onto the Board in 2019, having first been appointed as a representative of the Women’s Football Conference on The FA Council in 2000.  Sue chairs the Women’s Football Board and serves on the National Game Board, The FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship Board, Disability Football Committee, Judicial Panel and Referees’ Committee.  Sue is the CEO of Dorset County FA and in 2013 received an MBE for her services to women’s and disability football.  

Professional Game representatives

Peter McCormick OBE (Interim Chairman)
Peter was appointed onto the Board and Council in August 2015 as a representative of the Premier League and also serves on the Professional Game Board, FA Challenge Cup Committee, Football Regulatory Authority, Nominations Committee, Council Membership & Appointments Committee and Remuneration Committee, the latter of which he chairs. Peter is Chairman of the Legal Advisory Group of the Premier League and Chairman of the League’s Football Board, both Executive positions. Peter was Chairman of the Premier League in 2014-15. Peter chairs Tribunals and Appeals for the Premier League, Football Association and Professional Game Match Officials Ltd. He is Chairman of Football Stadia Improvement Fund Ltd and a trustee of the Football Foundation. Peter heads the Corporate and Commercial team at McCormicks Solicitors. He is an internationally recognised expert in Sports, Media and Entertainment Law. Peter is also a leading national figure in Charities Law and was awarded the OBE for services to charity in 2000. 

Rick Parry
Rick was appointed onto the Board in October 2019 as a representative of The English Football League and serves on the Professional Game Board.  Rick is the Chairman of the English Football League and is one of the UK’s most experienced leaders in football, having served as both chief executive of Liverpool Football Club (1997-2009) and the Premier League (1991-1997).

Rupinder Bains
Rupinder was appointed onto the Board in November 2017, jointly representing The English Football League and The FA Premier League. Rupinder is founder and Managing Director of the law firm Pinder Reaux & Associates Limited. The firm specialises in media, defamation and reputation management and sports law.  Rupinder serves on the Membership and Sanctions Committee and Women’s Football Board.

Independent Non-Executive Directors

Kate Tinsley
Kate was appointed onto the board in October 2017. Kate is currently the Divisional Managing Director of Ibstock Plc having formerly been Chief Executive Officer of The Buildbase Group. Prior to this Kate has served in senior finance roles at Saint Gobain, BSS PLC and Grafton Group PLC. As an FA qualified coach Kate is passionate about football and motivated by her desire to ensure that football is For All. This includes making sure that there are equal opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to play and enjoy football at all levels of the game.  Kate serves on the Remuneration Committee and Group Audit Committee.

Board Observers

Paul Elliott CBE
Paul joined us in 2014 as a member of the Inclusion Advisory Board and became its Chair in 2017. Paul is also a member of The FA Council. Paul enjoyed a successful playing career with Charlton Athletic, Luton Town, Aston Villa and Chelsea as well as spells in Italy with Pisa and Scotland with Celtic. Paul is a recognised advocate of inclusion, diversity and anti-discrimination in the game and leads our work in these important areas. He was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to equality and diversity in football.

David Gill
David is formerly the chief executive of Manchester United and a former member of the Board and FA Council. David is currently a Vice-President of the UEFA Executive Committee.

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