Andy Westlake has been appointed as the new chairman of the European Sponsorship Association (ESA), after Karen Earl’s ten years in office came to a close in July.
Andy has worked in the sponsorship industry for over 25 years, recently holding the role of CEO at Fast Track, part of global sports and entertainment group CSM, before establishing his own firm Westlake Consulting.
He has been on the ESA Board for three years and also sits as a non-executive director of British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS).
As ESA chairman, Andy will be the association’s figurehead and spokesperson, working with the other ESA Board directors and the ESA secretariat to aid growth and participation in the industry.
He will hold the role of chairman for a maximum of two terms.
Westlake said: "I’m absolutely thrilled to be given the confidence of the ESA Board to take this role on. I have very big shoes to fill, but I know that as our industry evolves and the role of sponsorship and partnerships grows, that we have a great team in the office, supported by an amazingly diverse and talented Board, that will ensure that ESA continues to drive our industry forward.”
As a founding member of the Association with 50 years’ experience in the sponsorship industry to her name, Earl said: “I am delighted that Andy has been elected ESA's new chairman, and feel that the Association is in safe hands with him at the helm. Andy will be terrific and will be able to use his 20 plus years’ experience in the industry to continue moving ESA forward. I wish him all the very best in his new role.”