Alison Brittain appointed new Premier League chair after unanimous approval from clubs

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New appointment: Alison Brittain will join the Premier League as chair in early 2023  (PA)
New appointment: Alison Brittain will join the Premier League as chair in early 2023 (PA)

The Premier League have confirmed the appointment of Alison Brittain as their new chair.

The 20 top-flight clubs unanimously approved Brittain’s candidacy on Tuesday following a search by the Premier League’s Nominations Committee.

Brittain will take over from interim chair Peter McCormick in early 2023. The Premier League’s previous full-time chair, Gary Hoffman, stood down at the end of January after two seasons in the role.

Brittain has served as CEO at leading hospitality business Whitbread - the parent company of brands such as Premier Inn - since 2015, while she previously worked in the banking sector, serving as head of retail banking at Lloyds after stints at Barclays and Santander.

“I have been a football fan since I was a child and so am absolutely delighted to be appointed Chair of the Premier League,” said Brittain, who was awarded a CBE in 2019.

“The game is of enormous national importance, is loved by so many people around the world and can have a tremendous positive impact on communities. It will be a real privilege to be able to help to develop plans for the future and work with all the key stakeholders in the game to ensure its long-term sustainability and success.

“I am looking forward to working with chief executive Richard Masters, the Board and the clubs as we work together to ensure the ongoing growth and global success of the Premier League.”

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