VSI
Dallmeier

Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

Levy
FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

John Williams Appointed New Chairman Of Professional Game Match Officials Limited

Mon 28th Jan 2013 | Football Governance

John Williams is to succeed Peter Heard as the new chairman of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

Following an active recruitment process, the former Blackburn Rovers chairman will take up his new position at the end of the 2012/13 English football season.

Activities that Williams will undertake in his role include attending and chairing the regular board meetings, promoting PGMOL and working to further their aims and objectives, providing strategic advice and support for PGMOL General Manager Mike Riley.

A former executive at Granada Group, Williams was Chief Executive and Chairman of Blackburn Rovers from 1998-2011 and more recently worked with Brian Marwood at the Football Operations department at Manchester City.

John Williams said: “I’m looking forward to building on the excellent work of Peter Heard, Mike Riley and PGMOL Board, who can be rightly proud of the high standards of officiating in this country. My involvement will primarily be at a strategic level but I expect to have some tactical engagement with the wider stakeholders groups involved in refereeing. It’s incredibly important to continually build the cooperation and communication between players, managers and match officials.”  

Formed in 2001 to improve refereeing standards, the PGMOL group officiates across all the Premier League, Football League and FA Competitions and is joint-funded by those bodies. The training, development and mentoring of 77 referees and 231 assistant referees is run by General Manager Mike Riley and a team of managers and coaches. The most high profile officials are the 16 full-time professional Select Group officials.

Mike Riley said: “On behalf of PGMOL we would like to thank Peter Heard for his excellent chairmanship. Peter has overseen the professionalisation of officiating from its beginnings in 2001 to its position now as one of the most respected bodies in world refereeing. The accuracy and fitness of our Select Group officials has never been better, the relationships we have with the likes of the Professional Footballers’ Association and the League Managers Association never stronger.

“We are excited about John’s arrival. He is a hugely respected figure in boardrooms across English football and has an excellent knowledge of both the opportunities and challenges of modern football. We are certain he will improve the standards of PGMOL further.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

Subscribe to our newsletter

RETURN TO LATEST NEWS SECTION

SUBSCRIBE TO THE FCBUSINESS RSS FEED

If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

The introduction of sin-bins among the topics to be discussed at IFAB's 131st AGM

Thu 2nd Mar 2017 | Football Governance

Greg Clarke will chair the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) at Wembley Stadium on Friday. England hosts the 131st meeting of the game’s...

FIFPro warning on two Malta clubs

Wed 1st Mar 2017 | Football Governance

FIFPro is advising players against joining two of the 12 clubs in Malta’s Premier League after evidence emerged of poor treatment of foreign footballers, including youngsters from Nigeria and...

Major Funding Boost For Grassroots Football

Wed 1st Feb 2017 | Football Governance

Underrepresented groups in grassroots football will soon have more teams to play in. The FA are investing £1.5m into the Grow the Game scheme – a programme that increases participation at...

Leeds United Owner Sanctioned By The FA

Thu 8th Dec 2016 | Football Governance

Leeds United and the club’s owner Massimo Cellino have each been fined £250,000 for breaching The FA’s Football Agent Regulations. The charges relate to the transaction involving the...