English Football Regulator Makes First Appointment
Martyn Henderson Joins as Interim Chief Operating Officer
The independent regulator for English football has announced its first appointment, with Martyn Henderson set to join as interim chief operating officer in January. Henderson brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served as the chief executive at the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) for the past five years.
Experience in Ensuring Safety and Managing Live Events
During his tenure at SGSA, Henderson successfully oversaw the implementation of safe standing at professional clubs across England and Wales. His efforts in managing the safe return of live events following the COVID-19 pandemic earned him an OBE, and he played a key role as the leader of the government’s Events Research Programme.
Henderson’s Excitement for the New Role
Expressing his enthusiasm for his new position, Henderson said, “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to help establish the new regulator for football. I have worked closely with fans and the industry in my previous role, and I look forward to taking a partnership approach to improving the governance and financial stability of football.”
Government’s Commitment to Independent Regulation
The UK government has reiterated its commitment to introducing an independent regulator for English football “as soon as possible.” This decision comes after a comprehensive seven-month consultation process with clubs and football authorities. The plan for the independent regulator was outlined in the King’s Speech last month, with King Charles stating that it will be introduced through the Football Governance Bill to safeguard the future of football clubs for the benefit of communities and fans.
Fan-Led Review and Government Endorsement
The introduction of an independent regulator was recommended in the fan-led review of football conducted by Tracey Crouch MP. The government endorsed this proposal in April 2022 and officially announced the plans in February. The aim of the regulator is to ensure better governance and financial stability within the sport.
For more information on the new independent regulator and its impact on football, you can read here.
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