Hear from Purslow & Barber at Tuesday's #SIBC

17 Feb 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

Title contenders of the Premier League and The Championship will be represented at the first Sport Industry Breakfast Club of 2017, with Christian Purslow, managing director of Chelsea FC and former CEO of Liverpool FC, and Paul Barber, CEO of Brighton & Hove Albion FC.

Taking place next Tuesday 21st February in London, the experienced duo will be interviewed on-stage by BT Sport’s Lynsey Hipgrave.

This weekend, Chelsea face Wolverhamption Wanderers in the Emirates FA Cup as they look to go all the way to Wembley and Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Barnsley with a win taking them to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table.

Purslow, who joined Chelsea FC in October 2014, has since spearheaded a number of deals including the £900m, 15-year kit deal with global sportswear brand Nike and a £200m, five-year shirt partnership with Japanese tyre firm Yokohama Rubber - more than double the previous deal.

Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, his department has brought in over £1bn in revenue.

On the pitch, a 13-game winning streak stretching from September to January has seen the London club open an eight points gap on their closest Premier League rivals.

Down the M23, Barber joined the board of Brighton & Hove Albion FC as chief executive in June 2012, following spells in senior positions at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, and at The Football Association. Paul has also served on various committees for The English Football League (EFL), The FA, UEFA and FIFA.

In his first season on the south coast, 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. The club currently tops the table by two points.


Paul Barber, CEO, Brighton & Hove Albion FC: “The business of football continues to grab the headlines but as we know there is a lot of hard work behind the scenes and there remains a lot still to be learned. Football can and should look to other sports administrations, clubs and to wider business just as others can learn from football’s triumphs and failings. I look forward to discussing all this and more at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club.”The Sport Industry Breakfast Club is the industry’s number one networking event series with four content-led networking breakfasts over the course of the year.

Each event welcomes up to 200 guests from across the industry to The BT Centre, St Paul’s, for an interview with leading figures from the world of sport and business.

Last year the Sport Industry Breakfast Club network heard from the likes of The FA’s Martin Glenn and Kelly Simmons, Judy Murray, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Damian Collins MP, as well as delving into the world of eSports with an expert panel from all areas of the billion dollar market.

Secure your membership for 2017 by booking here.