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Football's movers and shakers revealed, part 2

PART 2: Football Black List

Darren Lewis, football writer, Daily Mirror

Darren Lewis is one of the foremost football journalists in the country. His insights into the the game make him a stand- out contributor in his field, leading to roles as an expert pundit on Fox Sports Shootout, as well as Talksport and many others. He has also presented Sky Sports popular Hold the Back Page show.


Paul Elliott CBE, recently appointed Board member, The FA

Paul Elliott is on the FA’s board - and therefore arguably the most powerful black person in the game. As a player, Elliott took to the field for Charlton, Aston Villa and Chelsea, playing in defence. After his playing career, he has been a tireless anti-discrimination campaigner within football, striving for equality.

Les Ferdinand MBE, Director of Football, QPR

Ferdinand continues to work alongside QPR chairman, Tony Fernandes, after being made football’s very first black director of football. A highly respected and talented man in the game, many believe it is only a matter of time before QPR return to the Premier League under his guidance.

Brian Tevreden, Director of Football, Reading FC

Brian is the technical director at Reading. One of very few
black men in this position in English football, and all at
the age of 35.

Tevreden was pivotal to the club’s appointment of Jaap Stam who was able to take Reading all the way to the play-off finals in Wembley.

Michael Emenalo, Technical Director, Chelsea FC

One of the most powerful people in football. Michael works closely with Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, and has helped shape the west London club into a superpower in the game. Michael does not do many media interviews but was the lead spokesperson for the club when they sacked Jose Mourinho. He can also be seen at community events representing the club.

Chris Ramsey, Technical Director, QPR

Ramsey is the Technical Director at QPR. As a coach, he’s taken
on high profile roles with England U20’s and Queens Park
Rangers respectively, being one of the more prominent black coaches and managers within English football.


Karl George ,Managing Director, The Governance forum

An advocate for improving governance across the game, Karl leads the ‘Effective Board Member’ programmes designed to equip people, who want to contribute to the leadership of football, in governance principles and practices. He is an excellent tutor, delivering a difficult topic in a fun and engaging manner.

Jamie Lawrence, Owner, Jamie Lawrence Academy

Jamie is one of the most respected fitness coaches in world football. The former Bradford and Leicester midfielder, most recently was the Ghana national team fitness coach and currently runs a elite performance and fitness business focused on conditioning professional footballers for the top level.

Rio Ferdinand, Owner, FIVE

As a player Rio Ferdinand is widely known as one of the greatest defenders to play the game, but he makes the FBL for his
incredible work off the pitch.

He has his own magazine and lifestyle brand FIVE, bringing an insight into top footballers’ and other sports star lives, behind the world stage. He also has his own clothing brand, a successful charitable foundation and is a lead- ing figure in a drive to build affordable housing in London.

A leading light in the world of both social media and football punditry, he recently lead a brave documentary on bereavement aired on BBC 1 called ‘Being Mum and Dad’.

Marvin Morgan, Fresh Ego Kid

Marvin is the founder and owner of Fresh Ego Kid - one of the most successful and popular brands with professional footballers. The former Aldershot and Shrewsbury forward recently organised a charity football match to raise funds for the Grenfell Tower victims.

Akosua Essien, Michael Essien Foundation

The Ghanaian showbiz personality and socialite is the head of the Michael Essien Foundation, a Ghanaian charitable organisation founded to create opportunities, hope and inspiration for the underprivileged in the Awutu Bereku area.

She describes herself as a business woman, consultant, philantropist and mother. She recently bought Italian third division Lega Pro side Calcio Como to save the club from bankruptcy and is planning to employ Ghanaians at the newly acquired club, with the aim of giving back to society.


Marvin Robinson, Independent Football Panel

Marvin has superseded all expectations in his transition from Premier League footballer to his current role on the game’s Judicial Services Panel. After successful completion of the ‘On Board’ Corporate Governance course, championing the charge for increased diversity at board level in football, Marvin became one of the first black Independent Football Panel members.

He was head-hunted by chairman of the National Game Board, Roger Burden, to serve on the Judicial Panel whilst undertaking a highly successful stint with the Gloucestershire County FA. Marvin has dealt with high profile, controversial Premier League level issues involving Joey Barton and Jose Mourinho, as well as cases at grassroots level.

Michael Bennett, Head of Wellbeing, PFA

Player welfare and wellbeing has never been more topical in
football than over the last year, highlighting the importance of Michael Bennett’s work.

As the head of wellbeing at the PFA, Michael has driven the development of the player association’s work in this area. There is now a network of more than 100 counsellors, twice as many as only two years ago. Last year, 160 former and current players used the service.

Troy Townsend, Education Manager, Kick It Out

Troy has fast gained a reputation as ‘Mr Kick It Out,’ having joined
the organisation as a volunteer and risen quickly through the
ranks to become Education Manager and, vitally - one of the most respected figures in equality campaigning.

He supports aspiring individuals looking to break into the football industry by delivering mentoring conferences and supplying work placements both regionally and nationally.

A key part of his work is addressing gaps in representation across all areas of the game. He delivers equality and diversity workshops to English Football League (EFL) scholars with the League Football Education (LFE).

Simone Pound, Head of Equality, PFA

Simone leads on all of the player association’s work around equality and diversity. She has been central to a number of key developments over the last year such as developing PFA workshops for members to learn skills for job interviews - at a time the EFL has introduced a recruitment code to encourage greater diversity in coaching. Simone is also an ambassador for Women in Football.

Dr Wayne Allison, coach inclusion and diversity manager, The FA

Dr Wayne Allison was appointed by The FA to drive their work
around BAME coaches in 2015 - and since then he has made some encouraging progress.

Allison has also lead the new BAME coach apprenticeship appointments – an initiative that it is hoped will give BAME coaches various opportunities to gain experience of working within the men’s and women’s England development teams, as well as the grassroots and elite coaching departments at The FA. He joined The FA in 2012 as coaching research manager, a role he has continued to oversee.

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