English FA appoints Sorrell to Board for bid to stage 2018 FIFA World Cup

12 October, 2008


The Football Association has confirmed who will be the members of the Executive Board in preparation for a bid to stage the 2018 World Cup. It is expected that FIFA will later this month announce the timetable and bidding process.

The FA’s wholly owned subsidiary company, England 2018 Limited, will coordinate the Bid and the make up of the Board ensures that the Bid will draw on experience and achievement within football, world sport, international relations and the global business community.
FA Chairman Lord Triesman will chair England 2018 supported by two Deputy Chairmen; Lord Mawhinney and David Gill.

David Gill is Chief Executive of European Champions Manchester United and Lord Mawhinney is Chairman of the Football League. The government will be represented by the Minister for Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe. The Minister for Sport will remain the government’s representative throughout the bidding process

The recruitment process for the England 2018 Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer is ongoing. These appointments will also sit on the Executive Board.

There will also be three non-Executive Directors on the Bid team.

Sir Keith Mills, is Deputy Chairman of LOCOG and was International President and CEO of the successful 2012 Olympic bid, is one of three Non Executive Directors along with Baroness Amos, who has served as CEO of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Leader of the House of Lords and Secretary of State for International Development and Sir Martin Sorrell who is CEO of WPP, the world's largest advertising and marketing services group.

The Prime Minister’s ambassador, Richard Caborn, a former Minister for Sport will provide support for the new Board after accepting an invitation to join strategic meetings of the Board but will not hold voting rights.

In addition to the recruitment of CEO and COO, a number of senior management posts have been advertised nationally. In the interim, Former FA Director of Corporate Affairs Simon Johnson is Acting Chief Operating Officer.

Lord Triesman said: "I am delighted we have established an outstanding team of Board members who are committed to bringing the World Cup Finals back to England. Within this group, there is a wealth of experience that will be integral to the formulation of a successful Bid.

“England has to earn the right to stage the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Over the coming months, we will have to show we can do so to the highest standards and with the right values. People round the world football family will have views about what produces a great World Cup and we will be listening and learning. If we have the honour of succeeding it will be because we earned the right from the members of our international family.”

"I am confident this team will put together a Bid which exceeds FIFA's requirements and expectations by making the best possible case for a World Cup in England. We also want to show that a World Cup on these shores will benefit the development of football around the world and create positive change. The creation of this team puts us in an excellent position to develop further these objectives when FIFA outlines its requirements later this month.”

The FA has a well-established, successful and highly-regarded international relations programme with many other football federations across the globe. To find out more about what the organisation does abroad please click on the link http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/InternationalRelations

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