Speaker: Paul Barber
Paul Barber joined the board of Brighton & Hove Albion FC as the club’s Chief Executive in June 2012 and was promoted to become the club’s Deputy Chairman in November 2018.
In Paul’s eight seasons with the club, Brighton & Hove Albion has reached three play-off semi-finals, finished 3rd in the EFL Championship in 2015/16, and secured automatic promotion to the Premier League in the 2016/17 season. Since then, the club has gone on to enjoy three successive seasons playing at the top level of English football for the first time in almost 40 years.
Paul joined Brighton & Hove Albion from Vancouver Whitecaps FC where he became the first British football executive to lead a club in to Major League Soccer in 2011, and oversaw Whitecaps’ return to the iconic BC Place stadium in the heart of the city’s downtown area for the first time since the early 1980s.
Paul currently serves as a member of The FA Council as one of the Premier League’s elected representatives, as an International Ambassador for the England national teams, and also represents the Premier League as a member of the Professional Game Board which, with elected representatives from all the major footballing bodies, oversees the running of professional football in England.