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New Appointments to the Board at Manchester FA

The following Executive Directors join the board.


Following Manchester FA’s Annual General Meeting that took place yesterday evening, we can announce the appointment of the following Executive Directors to our Board.

John McClellan-Grant and Jason Craven were re-elected to the Board for a further term of three years.  Joining John and Jason are Anthony Lawler (Head of HR at Manchester United), Elliot Ward (PR Manager at Manchester City) and finally Greig Aspinall also joins our Board of Directors.

Following his appointment Elliot Ward said: ‘I’m delighted to be joining the board of Manchester FA at what is an incredibly exciting time for the organisation following its relocation to the Etihad Campus this summer. To have the opportunity to contribute to Manchester FA, and support its continued work to positively influence participation in Greater Manchester, is something I am looking forward to.’

Greig Aspinall commented - ‘I am really pleased to join the board at Manchester FA. I look forward to the challenges and exciting times ahead for football in Greater Manchester.  My passion for grassroots football is unwavering and I intend to push forward the vision and objectives of Manchester FA.’  

The five executive directors join our Independent Non-Executive Directors, Chris Brindley MBE, Peter Kay and Dr Robina Shah MBE

Damaris steps down from the Board of Directors

Damaris Treasure has stepped down from our Board of Directors after four year valuable years of service to Manchester FA and Grassroots Football.  The Board of Directors wish to place on record their thanks and appreciation to Damaris for her outstanding service to the Board and for her support to Grassroots Football.  We wish her well for the future both personally and professionally. 

Damaris commented: 

“It has been a great honour to witness first-hand the incredible passion both in and for the Manchester FA over the last four years, and I thank each and every incredible member of staff, supporter, participant and volunteer for enabling me to be part of it. 

Football has an unrivalled power to positively impact communities and individuals, and I look forward to watching the continued development of the grassroots game in Manchester, one of the world’s great footballing cities.”

Retrospective Board of Directors Terms Announced

The voting Membership of Manchester FA last night approved proposed ‘Term Limits’ for Board Directors.  Therefore, Board Directors of Manchester FA will be permitted to hold office, subject to re-election every three years for a maximum period of nine years, i.e. three terms.   These terms have been introduced with immediate effect and include retrospective service.