The EFL Board of Directors is responsible for providing the organisation's strategic direction.
The board consists of 10 directors, six of whom are divisional representatives elected by member clubs. The divisional representatives include three directors from Championship clubs, two from League One clubs and one from a League Two club. The remaining four directors are independent of clubs and include the chairman, the chief executive and two independent non-executive directors.
Oxford United Chairman Ian Lenagan was elected to the Board of the EFL as a League Two representative in 2013, before succeeding Greg Clarke as EFL Non-Executive Chairman in June 2016.
Upon his election, Lenagan said: “It is a great honour to be asked to be Chairman of the EFL and lead our 72 clubs in the next stage of our development under the new EFL brand. I look forward to continuing the Board’s progressive work that is being delivered for the benefit of all our member clubs.”
Shaun Harvey was appointed Chief Executive of The EFL in July 2013, joining from Leeds United where he served as Chief Executive for nine years. The Yorkshireman was previously a member of The EFL Board of Directors, having been elected to the role by clubs in June 2011. Prior to his time at Elland Road, Harvey was Managing Director of Bradford City for ten years, having originally begun his career in football as Club Secretary of Scarborough in 1993.
Debbie Jevans CBE
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Debbie Jevans joined the Board of the EFL in 2014, with her addition bringing an independent voice to its decision-making process.
A former professional tennis player, Jevans is on the Board of Sport England and was voted the most influential woman in British Sport in early 2014 by the Guardian. Previously she was Director of Sport for LOCOG - organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Independent Non-Executive Director
As the current First Civil Service Commissioner, appointed by the Prime Minister, and former Chief Executive of Accenture UK and Football Association, Watmore brings a wealth of industry, commercial and public service experience to the EFL, alongside his high profile background in professional sport. He has also been involved extensively in the charitable sector, chairing a medical research charity and operating as a Church Commissioner.
In addition to leading the FA as CEO, the lifelong football fan was a member of the England 2015 Rugby World Cup Board, and was a Board Member of the English Institute of Sport from 2002 until the Rio Olympics.
Championship Director – Brentford
Cliff Crown was appointed to the EFL Board in July 2016, replacing Keith Lamb as a Championship representative. EFL Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “Cliff brings a wealth of expertise to this role and it gives me great pleasure to welcome him on to the EFL Board.”
Cliff Crown said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been chosen by my peers to represent the Championship on the EFL Board and I look forward to serving the EFL over the next three years to the very best of my ability.”
Championship Director – Bristol City
Ashton has held the position of Chief Executive at Bristol City since January 2016, and was voted onto the EFL Board by Championship clubs for a period of three years in the summer of 2018, succeeding Burton Albion’s Jez Moxey following the Brewers’ relegation to League One. Prior to his current role, Ashton has also held Chief Executive roles at Watford and Oxford United following a 14-year association with West Bromwich Albion.
Speaking upon his appointment, Ashton said: “I’m honoured to have been appointed to the EFL Board and look forward to representing Bristol City at the top table. I would like to thank my fellow football clubs for their vote of support and I am looking forward to the prospect of representing them and helping shape the strategic direction of our league.”
Championship Director – Reading
Howe, Chief Executive at Reading since 1995 before becoming Vice Chairman in 2017, was voted onto the EFL Board by Championship clubs for a period of three years, replacing Brighton & Hove Albion’s Paul Barber following the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
On his Board election, Howe said: “I feel privileged to be appointed to the EFL's Board of Directors as a representative for the Championship and it is an honour to have been elected by my peers to the position."
League One Director – Walsall
Stefan Gamble, Chief Executive of Walsall, was elected to the EFL Board in 2016. Following his appointment, Gamble, who previously served as Alternate Director for League One, said: “I am delighted to have been handed this opportunity to work on behalf of all League One clubs and I will endeavour to represent them, and their issues, to the best of my ability during the course of my tenure.
“The EFL and its clubs across the three divisions continue to be faced with many varied challenges and opportunities and as a member of the Board, I hope to be able to make a valuable and lasting contribution that can yield collective benefit.”
League One Director – Scunthorpe United
Scunthorpe United Chief Executive Jim Rodwell was re-elected to the Board of the EFL as a League One representative for a second three-year term in 2018. He previously served on the Board during his time as Chief Executive of Notts County and stood for the position, once again, after moving to Scunthorpe United to serve in a similar capacity.
Upon his re-election, Rodwell said: “I am pleased and tremendously honoured that the League One clubs have voted for me to be their representative on the Board of the EFL. This is a role I have undertaken previously and thoroughly enjoyed.”
League Two Director – Carlisle United
John Nixon was appointed to the EFL Board in June 2016, replacing Ian Lenagan as the League Two representative.
In welcoming Nixon back onto the League Board for a second stint, now Non-Executive Chairman Lenagan said: "I’m delighted that John Nixon has been selected by League Two clubs to serve on the EFL Board. John brings with him a wealth of experience in the game from his time at Carlisle, as Chairman of the EFL Trust and from his previous appointments to the Boards of the EFL and FA."