Current Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle was born in Wakefield in 1967.
The former engineering apprentice founded Card Factory, a chain of greeting card and gift stores, alongside his wife in 1997. Fast forward 12 years later to 2009 and the company had over 500 stores, employing in excess of 5,000 people.
In 2010 Dean sold the business as he was being awarded a host of accolades in the field of entrepreneurship, including Ernst & Young’s ‘North and Midlands Entrepreneur of the Year’ in July 2009 and Chadwick Lawrence’s ‘Business Person of the Year’ in November 2011 at the Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards.
Dean still retains a role in the business as non-executive Chairman but now relishes his full time role as Chairman of Huddersfield Town. A life-long supporter, Dean is passionate about making the club a viable business.
He stood on the terraces at the old Leeds Road ground during Mick Buxton’s spell in charge during the late 1970s and 1980s before moving, along with the Club, to the Galpharm Stadium in 1994.
Dean joined the Board of Directors in April 2008 as Chairman-elect, eventually taking over as Chairman in June 2009. However, he practically ran the Club for months before that – he was the man behind decisions to install a new Chief Executive in Nigel Clibbens and First Team Manager in Lee Clark.
Now 100% owner of Huddersfield Town, Dean has been the fulcrum at Huddersfield Town as the Club has won many admirers in football circles for its forward-thinking initiatives for supporters and the wider community.
Nigel Clibbens was appointed as the Chief Executive of Huddersfield Town in December 2008.
Wakefield-born Nigel is an accountant by profession and spent ten years at PricewaterhouseCoopers working in insolvency before joining Grant Thornton in 1999. In the next nine years Nigel specialized in the financial restructuring and reorganization of businesses, helping to develop and implement strategy and improve their viability.
He has a broad experience working in many industries and sectors of business including many football clubs.
Nigel was already a familiar face at the Stadium when he joined the Club; as part of his work with Grant Thornton he assisted Town's Chairman Dean Hoyle when he made his initial investment.
Since joining Huddersfield Town, Nigel has overseen the day-to-day running of the Club as it gained promotion to the Championship, as well as a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking football clubs in the country.
Sean Jarvis initially joined Huddersfield Town in August 2006 before more recently joining the Board of Directors in June 2009.
Sean moved from Oldham Athletic to become Director of Business Development of both Huddersfield Town and the Huddersfield Giants in August 2006 before becoming focused on the Football Club on a full-time basis in July 2008, shortly after Dean Hoyle invested in the Club.
He has been primarily involved in developing new income and sponsorship activities since joining the Club - securing lucrative deals such as Kirklees College and Thornton + Ross's sponsorship of the kits and more recently he was heavily involved in securing Rekorderlig in a record sponsorship deal for the Club.
Jarvis has also been instrumental in improving relations between the Club and its fans since his arrival as the driving force behind the formation of one single supporters group - now known as the Huddersfield Town Supporters Association.
Ann Hough is the longest serving member of the Huddersfield Town Board of Directors.
Having initially joined the Club as PA to the Club Secretary in October 1993, Ann moved up to become Club Secretary six years later and excelled in that role – guiding the Club through the dark days of Administration in 2003 – before eventually being appointed to the Board in August 2007.
Upon Dean Hoyle’s investment in the Club she expanded her role to become Operations Director. She is responsible for the Club's football administration and matchday operation, as well as the wider organisational aspects at Town.