Panel Session: The Business of Sport

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Event Title:

The Business of Sport

Scheduled Time:

14:30pm until 15:30pm

Confirmed Speakers:

Gerry Sutcliffe, Rick Parry, Wayne Jacobs, Paul Porter, Nigel Harrison and Richard Cramer


The Business of Sport - Gerry Sutcliffe The Business of Sport - Rick Parry The Business of Sport - Wayne Jabobs
The Business of Sport - Paul Porter The Business of Sport - Nigel Harrison The Business of Sport - Richard Cramer

Speaker Profiles


Gerry Sutcliffe

Director | Sutcliffe Swales Consultants
Member of Parliament for Bradford South (Former)
Minister for Sport and Tourism (Former)

Gerry Sutcliffe is a British Labour Party politician who was Member of Parliament (MP) for Bradford South from 1994 to 2015, and was the Minister for Sport and Tourism in the Brown Government. Prior to being elected to Parliament Gerry served as a Councillor on Bradford Council from 1980 to 1994, serving as Leader of Council between 1992 and 1994.

Gerry did stints at the Treasury and Whip’s office before he became Consumer Affairs Minister at the Department for Trade & Industry. Gerry then worked at the Home Office and Ministry for Justice until he was promoted in June 2007 to succeed Richard Caborn as Sports Minister. High on the political career ladder, his determination to build a better Bradford remains as strong as ever.

In 2014, Gerry stepped downed as MP of Bradford South and was succeded by Judith Cummins. He has been invloved in several YEN networking events over the past two years speaking on behalf of IMAS and on topics such as devloution in Yorkshire. He is also a patron for the Yorkshire Enterprise Network and will chair this exciting panel session.

Rick Parry

Chief Executive (Former) | Liverpool Football Club
Head (Former) | FA Premier League

Rick Parry is the former chief executive of Liverpool Football Club, and the former head of the FA Premier League. He is currently on the board of directors at New York Cosmos (2010).

Rick Parry was educated at Ellesmere Port Grammar School and the University of Liverpool. Upon obtaining his degree, in Maths as a trainee Chartered Accountant in 1976, qualifying three years later. Having spent a number of years in the leisure industry in financial controller positions, he rejoined his former firm (by then known as Arthur Young) in 1983 as a management consultant.

An unashamed Liverpool fan, Parry was recruited from his position as a senior management consultant with leading UK firm Ernst & Young in 1991 to assist in planning the new Premier League. Appointed Chief Executive in February 1992, the competition was officially ratified just seven days later by The Football Association, allowing Parry to proceed with negotiations for a television deal which was eventually awarded to BSkyB and the BBC for a then record bid of £214 million over five years.

As Chief Executive, Parry oversaw the development of The Premier League into one of the top professional football competitions in the world, with major investment in new stadiums, increased attendances and an influx of major international stars. During his last twelve months at Lancaster Gate he brokered the biggest ever television deal in the history of UK sport, with BSkyB and the BBC offering a package in excess of £700m for Premier League broadcasting rights.

Parry's experience is not confined solely to football, having prepared Manchester's bid for the 1992 Olympic Games in 1985 and later advised the Birmingham Olympic Games Council on financial matters. In the following year, he spent six months on a major assignment for The Football League before assuming the role of Chief Executive to the Manchester Phoenix Initiative, a major urban regeneration project which culminated in the establishment of the Central Manchester Development Corporation.

When Manchester secured the British nomination to bid for the 1996 Olympic Games, Parry was seconded to the bid committee for two and a half years as full-time Director supervising, amongst other responsibilities, the planning of a £750 million Olympic Centre.

Parry was appointed as chief executive at Liverpool in July 1998, by then chairman David Moores.

Parry remained as chief executive of Liverpool Football Club until the end of the 2008-9 season.

Wayne Jacobs

Bradford City Legend
Co-Founder and Chief Executive | One in a Million

Wayne is Co-founder of One In A Million, a charity which creates pathways in life for youngsters who have faced difficulties, motivating them to take control, be more confident and achieve their full potential.

Wayne enjoyed 26 memorable years in professional football, both as a player and manager spanning all tiers of English football including Premier League, Championship, League 1 & 2 and the National League. He is now Chair of Active Bradford, a partnership of organisations that helps formulate the strategy for Sport and Physical Activity in the Bradford District. His connection with Bradford City is still as strong today, as the club is a community partner of One In A Million, alongside Bradford Bulls and Yorkshire Cricket Community Foundation.

Paul Porter

Chief Executive Officer | Boxing England

Paul was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of England Boxing in September 2015 has more than 30 years experience in boxing at every level of the sport from competing and working in grassroots development to managing and delivering boxing events at major international competitions and multi-sport events.

He was the Boxing Field of Play Manager at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Technical Operations Manager for Boxing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Boxing Competition Manager at the 2015 European Games in Baku.

For the last seven years Paul has worked as a Sports Academy Manager at Bradford College which includes the Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy. Prior this he spent two years as a Boxing Development Officer at the Amateur Boxing Association of England (the previous name of England Boxing) where he was responsible for growing participation in the sport within South Yorkshire.

Paul also runs his own boxing fitness and coaching business as Managing Director of Dark Star Sports Limited

Nigel Harrison

Chief Executive Officer | Yorkshire Sport Foundation

Nigel has over 20 years of experience of working within the sports industry initially relating to sports facility management before a move towards sports development. Nigel was pivotal in creating an alliance between South Yorkshire Sport and West Yorkshire Sport under a single non-for-profit charitable organisation that started in January 2013.

He has extensive experience in drawing up strategic plans in sport making a major contribution to the sports strategies in each of South Yorkshire’s Districts. Prior to joining the West Yorkshire Sports Company he was the first employee of West Yorkshire Sport in 2001 and worked at Calderdale Council in various roles including Sports Development Manager. His first jobs were with North Warwickshire Borough Council managing sports centres.

Nigel is currently taking a national lead on behalf of the CSP network in England relating to its work with National Governing Bodies.

Richard Cramer

Partner | FrontRow Legal

Richard obtained an LLB Honours Law degree from Leeds Metropolitan University and an LLM in Advanced Litigation at Nottingham University.

Richard has over 25 years of legal experience having qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and formed Cramer Richards solicitors in 2002. He regularly appears in regional and national media as a recognised figure in Sports Law and is a frequent guest on Radio Leeds, providing expert advice to its listeners.

Richard specialises in Dispute Resolution and all aspects of Sport, Media and Communications Law. He acts for both individuals and companies in contentious and non-contentious issues including a number of high-profile clients.

He is recognised at Legal 500 as one of the country’s leading sports lawyers and has extensive experience in sports related disputes.

Richard is a Registered Lawyer with The Football Association and acts as an agent in both Rugby League, Rugby Union and Cricket.


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