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12 December 2019

Club News


12 December 2019

Incoming CEO will begin with the Club in March 2020

- Huddersfield Town appoints a new Chief Executive
- Neil Hart will begin his work with the Club in March 2020
- Burnley FC in the Community CEO replacing the outgoing Julian Winter

Huddersfield Town is delighted to confirm the appointment of Neil Hart as its new Chief Executive.

Neil, who is currently Chief Executive Officer at Burnley FC in the Community, will commence his role at the Club in March 2020, replacing the outgoing CEO Julian Winter.

Under Hart’s six-year tenure as Chief Executive, Burnley FC’s community programme is recognised regionally, nationally and internationally as one of the most successful around, winning numerous awards within the football industry.

Employing over 120 people, the Burnley FC in the Community charity works across five community facilities, with Neil playing a pivotal role in the acquisition of a £4.2 million leisure facility and a 22-acre community sporting facility.

Neil has worked in professional football since 2001, spending time at Watford and Luton Town before joining Burnley in January 2014.

Huddersfield Town Chairman Phil Hodgkinson commented:

“I’m delighted that Neil is joining the football club as our new Chief Executive, as he was the stand-out individual from a process involving many high-level candidates.

“Neil has shown his aptitude in leadership during his time at Burnley FC, during which time the Club’s community scheme has established itself as one of the industry leaders in football. It’s a big operation and Neil has done a wonderful job there.

“It was also clear from speaking to Neil, and people who have worked with him, that his abilities and role at Burnley are not only in the community sphere. Burnley and Huddersfield Town share a lot of core values and Neil has been a key figure in what that Club has achieved on and off the pitch.

“His understanding and knowledge of football clubs, including the operational and business aspects, was very clear in the interview process. He’s a well-rounded leader who will add real energy and know-how to complement the excellent, dedicated staff we have at our club. It’s an exciting appointment and I cannot wait to work with him.”

Incoming Chief Executive Neil Hart added:

“I’m delighted to be joining Huddersfield Town as Chief Executive. This is an exciting opportunity for me at a Club that I believe has a huge potential for success.

“Huddersfield Town has a reputation for doing so many things right, but I’m very confident that I can add immediate value to all aspects of the Club.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Chairman, the Board of Directors and Danny Cowley to turn that potential into a reality for the Club’s loyal supporters.”

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