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.
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.
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.
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.
Huddersfield Town’s Chief Executive Julian Winter was appointed as a Director of the Club in November 2016.
He joined Chairman Dean Hoyle, Operations Director Ann Hough, Commercial Director Sean Jarvis and Non-Executive Director Roger Burnley on an enlarged five-person Board.
Winter’s day-to-day operational role and responsibilities will be unchanged as he continues to lead the Club’s operational and strategic operation, particularly off the field.
Huddersfield-born Winter, who played for the Club between 1984 and 1989, studied a degree in Leisure and Recreation Management at Sheffield Hallam University after hanging up his boots.
Julian subsequently joined Watford in April 2006 as Community Director, overseeing the Club's award-winning Community Sports & Education Trust, before moving to become Deputy CEO for the Hornets.
Julian became Watford’s new Chief Executive in 2008, eventually departing the Club in June 2011 upon the arrival of new owners. Three months later, Julian was appointed the Chief Executive of League 1 Sheffield United as Chief Executive in September 2011. During his time he oversaw a search for new investment, which came to fruition two years later. He finally departed the South Yorkshire club in December 2013
Ahead of re-joining Town, Julian was Notts County’s CEO.
Darren Bryant joined Huddersfield Town as Finance Director on Monday 7 August 2017; a newly created role following the Club's promotion to the Premier League.
Darren, 49, has over 25 years of experience in finance and has spent the last eight years as Chief Financial Officer of Card Factory PLC.
He was recruited to Card Factory by Town Chairman Dean Hoyle in 2009 and played a key role in the management buy-out of the business in 2010 and subsequent successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange in 2014. Darren announced his planned retirement from the business in January 2017 and left on 31 July.
Prior to joining Card Factory, Darren was a Partner at PwC LLP. In a career spanning over 17 years, he worked in the London Audit and Corporate Finance divisions and led the Yorkshire Corporate Finance business.
Darren has twice been awarded Yorkshire Finance Director of the Year, firstly in 2010 as best Finance Director of a private equity backed business and more recently in 2015 as best Finance Director of a PLC. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Originally from County Durham, Darren has lived in Yorkshire for eleven years with his wife and three sons.