Directors’ Club Returns to London in Style With Record Audience

March 18, 2015

The iSportconnect Directors’ Club made an impressive return to London yesterday evening with a stellar turn out at the Grange St. Paul’s hotel.

After a successful debut in Moscow in February, the event enjoyed its first London edition of the year.

The event attracted its biggest ever audience with senior delegates from major sports teams, clubs, federations, governing bodies and brands all attending what was a hugely popular event that commanded phenomenal demand.


Among the audience were representatives of Arsenal FC, Manchester United FC, Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, The Football Association, World Rugby, England & Wales Cricket Board, NFL, NBA, IPL, RFU, the PFA, Team GB, UFC, WTA, City Football Group, Wembley National Stadium, Adidas, Barclays, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Vodafone, AEG and many more.

The quality of the audience was in no small part down to what was possibly the best panel line up for a Directors’ Club event.

On the panel were Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby, Steve Parish, Chairman of Crystal Palace FC, Alistair Kirkwood, Managing Director of NFL UK, Niall Sloane, Director of Sport at ITV and Nick Read, Commercial Director at Vitality.


The diverse panel discussed a number of topics throughout the evening with wonderful insights into their respective sports and organizations.

Among the topics was the latest Premier League TV rights deal, connectivity in stadia, first screen and second screen experiences and much more with a good level of interaction between the panelists and the audience who posed interesting questions from the floor.

Speaking after the event Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish gave his thoughts on the event commenting: “There were some good questions and interesting debates. Some great insight from Brett and from Niall, on the TV rights, and other sports. And with Nick, we had a view from the Health perspective, it was really good.

“It’s a great event, so many chief executives here, we network with people, we can meet potential sponsors for the club, there are so many interesting people in the room and we learn a lot.

“It’s a fantastic event, it is the first one I‘ve been to and I surely will be coming back”

More pictures below


(Tom Hill of Manchester United, left, Murray Barnett of World Rugby, centre, David Sternberg of Manchester United, right)


(Rory Renwick, Senior Director, Business Development, EMEA at WTA)


(Julie Clark, Head of Sport and Lesiure at PwC)


(Alex Goldschmidt, Sponsorship Manager at NFL UK)


(Heath Harvey, Club Wembley Director at Wembley National Stadium, left)


(Tony Scholes, CEO at Stoke City FC, right & Paul Lakin, Chief Commercial Officer at Stoke City FC, left)


(Rob Quick, Director of Jockey Club Services, posing a question to the panel)


(Special presentation by Paul Fisher, Group Managing Direct of Jockey Club Racecourses)


(Post-event networking dinner)

More Directors’ Club events are scheduled for 2015, stay tuned to with announcements of new dates and territories coming soon. For more information on our Directors’ Club events visit the website HERE.

The highlights will be available to watch soon on iSportconnect TV.

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