Football Association [The FA] has today announced that Mark Bullingham will be
appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Mark Bullingham will succeed The
FA’s current Chief Executive Officer, Martin Glenn, who announced in December
that he would step down from the role at the end of the 2018/19 season.
Bullingham joined The FA in
August 2016 as Commercial & Marketing Director to lead the commercial,
marketing and digital functions within the organisation. In December 2018, his
role developed to Chief Commercial & Football Development Officer, with the
added responsibility of leading the Football Participation & Development department.
His start date in the new role is to be confirmed.
During his tenure, Bullingham has
played a key role in transforming the commercial landscape of the
not-for-profit governing body, with a number of high-profile and
record-breaking broadcast, sponsorship, licensing and hospitality deals across
The FA, St. George’s Park and Wembley Stadium connected by EE.
Bullingham’s contribution to The
FA to date includes: helping to grow annual FA revenue by 25%, key sponsorship
deals with Nike and Barclays, record-breaking domestic and international
Emirates FA Cup broadcast agreements, record viewership and engagement figures
on FA digital channels, the successful 2021 UEFA Women’s EURO bid, tripling
Wembley Stadium concert revenue and restructuring The FA’s Participation &
He is also a FA Level 1 qualified coach and has
managed an Under-9 girls’ and Under-11 boys’ teams for the last four years.
Mark Bullingham said:
"This is an incredibly exciting time to be at The Football Association and
I’m delighted to be given this opportunity. I’m hugely passionate about the
role The FA plays in improving the English game and our positive contribution
to society. Getting kids across the country active and learning life skills
such as teamwork and communication is incredibly rewarding. I’m confident in
the talent and determination of the workforce here and the direction we are
"However, there is still a
huge amount to do; from transforming the quality of amateur pitches, to doubling
the women’s and girls’ game across the country, to hosting major international
tournaments, to building digital tools to help volunteers across all areas of
the grassroots game. The to-do list is long but we know that as a team, we can
deliver huge progress.
"I would also like to thank
Martin Glenn for his support over the last two and a half years. Martin has
played a principal role in making The FA a more modern, innovative and
inclusive organisation. He has created a strong leadership team that is making
a real difference at every level of English football."
Greg Clarke, FA Chairman,
said: "Following a full and thorough recruitment process, it gives me
huge pleasure and great confidence that the best candidate has come from within
"Mark has played a key role
in the recent success of The FA and under his leadership the organisation will
continue to break new ground.
"I know Mark and his
qualities well. He is undoubtedly the best person to lead The FA as we head
into an exciting new era."
information, please contact:
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07983 315 692
Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in
England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the
game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and successfully
generates enough revenue to support the investment of more than £100m into
English football each year. The FA oversees 28 England international
teams, across men’s, women’s, youth and disability football, as well as running
FA Competitions, including the Emirates FA Cup and SSE Women's FA Cup, and the
world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park, all with a
purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.