Paul Barber joined the board of Brighton & Hove Albion as chief executive in June 2012. In his first season, the club secured its highest league position for over 30 years, made the Championship play-offs, enjoyed the division’s highest average attendances, and signed its largest ever shirt sponsorship agreement with American Express.
In a 20-year career in professional football, Paul has held senior positions at Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the MLS, Tottenham Hotspur FC in the Premier League, and at The Football Association (FA), where he worked closely with England's men’s and women’s teams at all levels. Paul has also served on various committees for The EFL, The FA, UEFA and FIFA.
In 2014, Paul was elected to the board of the EFL as one of three Championship club representatives. In the summer of 2016, Paul was elected to represent the EFL on both The FA Council and Professional Game Board, which serves the interests of professional football clubs at all levels.