Supporters Direct today confirmed the appointment of David Lampitt as its new Chief Executive effective from 25 June.
David, who qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst and Young, worked for 7 years in the Governance Division at The Football Association where he was Head of Financial Regulation and Head of Football Integrity until 2010. He has served as English football's representative on the UEFA Club Licensing Committee and was one of the key contributors to UEFA's Financial Fair Play project.
From May 2010 to February 2012 David was Chief Executive of Portsmouth FC. Prior to the club's recent administration due to the collapse of its owner's business, David successfully led the club out of administration in 2010 and safeguarded its survival through a major restructuring programme.
Speaking on behalf of Supporters Direct, the Chair, Dame Pauline Green, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have managed to attract someone of David's calibre and knowledge of the issues about which Supporters Direct cares so passionately. He is highly respected both domestically and in Europe for his work within football over the last 10 years. This and his first-hand experience at Portsmouth of the challenges facing so many of our clubs gives him unique insight into our work in the UK and Europe to promote sustainable spectator sports clubs based on supporters' involvement and community ownership."
Lampitt said: "It is a real privilege to be given this opportunity to help represent the interests of sport's most important stakeholders. I look forward to working with some outstanding staff who should be rightly proud of Supporters Direct's achievements, attracting over £30m of new finance into football and rugby league clubs since 2000. These sports continue to face significant economic challenges and I am very pleased to play a part in promoting the value that supporters and community involvement can bring to that process."
Supporters Direct's annual conference, being held in London in conjunction with the Football Supporters' Federation as The Fans' Weekend on the 7th and 8th of July, will provide an ideal opportunity for supporters to meet the new chief executive and hear what he has to say.
For details & registration for the Fansí Weekend on 7th and 8th July 2012, visit www.supporters-direct.coop
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