Alison Brittain has been appointed as the new chair of football’s English Premier League and will take over from interim chair Peter McCormick in early 2023.
Following an extensive search process led by the Premier League’s Nominations Committee, Brittain (pictured centre) emerged as the standout candidate and clubs last week voted unanimously in favour of her appointment.
Since 2015, she has served as chief executive of Whitbread PLC, a leading hospitality business. Brittain will step down from this role in early 2023 to focus on serving as the Premier League chair alongside her other non-executive roles.
Prior to working at Whitbread, Brittain had a decades-long career as a senior executive in the financial services sector, firstly with Barclays and then at Santander and Lloyds Banking Group. She has been a member of the last three Prime Ministers’ Advisory Boards and is a former chair of the Financial Conduct Authority Practitioner Panel.
Tyler Epp has been named president of Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix, which incorporates Hard Rock Stadium.
Epp (pictured left) previously served as senior vice-president and chief operating officer of the event, which debuted earlier this year. Previous chief executive Richard Cregan will move into a consultancy role.
Epp joined South Florida Motorsports after eight years with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, where he worked as vice-president of business development before being promoted to executive vice-president of business operations.
Prior to joining the Chiefs, he spent more than three years at Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres as senior vice-president of business development, and also spent four years as general manager of NASCAR Sprint Cup team Hall of Fame Racing.
Stuart Williamson has been named chief corporate affairs officer at The Jockey Club, which stages several leading British horse-racing events including Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National and The Derby.
He will take up the role on September 26 and oversee all external and internal communications, as well as reputation management for the company. He will report to chief executive Nevin Truesdale.
Williamson (pictured right) joins The Jockey Club from Nationwide Building Society, where he was director of communications. He will succeed Scott Bowers, who is standing down after 12 years to launch Spectacle Partners, a reputation advisory firm working in sport and entertainment.
Premium experiences company Legends has appointed John Nicholson as vice-president of project development at Legends International.
Nicholson has extensive experience in project development and management, having worked on projects for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Chelsea FC, Tiffany & Co. and Sky TV.
In his new role, Nicholson will be based in Legends’ London office, initially focused on building Legends International’s global planning business in the area. Prior to joining Legends, Nicholson was a director of operations at Mace North America, an international construction and consultancy company.
Legends International holds partnerships with the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, the 2023 Rugby World Cup, UFC, and golf’s European Tour and Ryder Cup.
Toby Leighton-Pope has joined the newly-formed TEG Europe company as managing director.
Leighton-Pope will oversee the operation, strategic direction and rapid expansion of TEG’s UK-based integrated live entertainment, ticketing, venue, digital and data operations.
He previously served as co-chief executive of AEG Presents UK from 2016 to December 2021 and spent the prior 16 years at Live Nation, latterly as senior vice-president of music.
TEG Europe was formed last month and the new company will be based out of Bristol and London.
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