Date published: 07/08/2014
After nearly six years, Phil Smith has stepped down as Sport England’s representative on the Football Foundation Board of Trustees.
After joining the Manchester FA in 1996 as General Secretary, Phil quickly rose to join The FA as Head of Public Affairs where he was responsible for policy, including working with the Government on the various issues affecting both professional and amateur football. In 2008 Phil left The FA to join Sport England as Director of Sport, where he remains responsible for the funding of national sports governing bodies in order to increase participation.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Foundation, I would like to place on record our most sincere thanks to Phil for his dedicated effort in support of the Foundation. Phil’s passion for the national game at the grassroots level has always shone through and I am sure that this will continue as he focuses on his very busy ‘day job’. We wish Phil every success and good fortune for the future”
Phil Smith is replaced on the Board of Trustees by Rona Chester. Chief Operating Officer at Sport England, Rona is responsible for several functional areas including business, finance, planning, information technology and grants management. Rona also has a strong background in finance, working as the Finance Director at OFCOM and European Finance Director for Sotheby’s among many other impressive senior finance roles.