FA Appoint Andrew Crean as Chief Financial Officer

By Community | January 21, 2013

The FA have confirmed that Andrew Crean has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer of The FA Group.

Crean takes over from Mark Donnelly, who is taking the role of Chief Operating Officer at Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.

Crean’s responsibilities include developing financial stability throughout The FA Group, Wembley’s trading position and to ensure success at the recently opened, St. George’s Park.

Alex Horne, The FA’s General Secretary said: “I am delighted to welcome Andrew to The FA. It is an extremely exciting time for theorganisation with plenty going on across all levels of the game.

“Our notable anniversary is being used to highlight the £100m we reinvest into football every year and our commitment to the grassroots. Andrew’s work will help us to further this important area of focus.

“I am confident Andrew will be able to add his considerable experience and expertise to the financial performance of the Group, including the strong risk and business management processes we have in place.

“He will also be responsible for the HR, IT and Legal departments and I have no doubt his energy and enthusiasm will be welcomed by all staff.”

Crean is joining the FA from the Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in horseracing. He said: “ “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of joining The FA at an important time for the organisation and in its 150th anniversary year. It’s a fantastic role and an opportunity I’m grateful for. 

“Like many people in this country, I’m a lifelong football fan, so to be involved professionally at the heart of the nation’s sport is very exciting.

“At the same time I’m very sad I’ll be leaving a great team of people. The journey The Jockey Club is on commercially is something I’ve really enjoyed being part of. 

“Every penny the Group makes goes back into growing Britain’s second biggest spectator sport and I’m sure there are many successful years ahead for both The Jockey Club and British racing.”

Crean will begin his new role in April 2013.