The EFL Board of Directors is responsible for providing the organisation's strategic direction.
The board consists of nine 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 three directors are independent of clubs and include the interim chair, the chief executive and an independent non-executive director.
One of the UK’s most experienced leaders in football, Rick Parry - Chairman of the EFL Board - served as both chief executive of the Premier League between 1991 and 1997, and Liverpool Football Club between 1997 and 2009.
Vastly experienced, his main contribution to the formation of the Premier League was the introduction of a governance structure which included the formula for the sharing of TV revenues among Clubs. A formula which remained unchanged for 25 years.
In 2008, a year in which the University of Liverpool awarded him an honorary doctorate for his services to the City of Liverpool, Parry was also elected to the Board of the European Club Association. Since leaving Liverpool the following year, he has carried out a variety of football related consultancy projects in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Jordan, the US and Mexico.
Parry carried out two assignments for the UK government – joining the Sports Betting Integrity Panel in 2009 and advising the DCMS Select Committee on its football governance review in 2011.
In September 2016, he was elected to the Investigatory Chamber of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Control Board, having been nominated by the European Club Association. He stepped down in October 2019.
Parry brings a wealth of knowledge to the EFL, and will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the EFL, with the aim of ensuring the continued strength of EFL competitions, commercial success and governance.
Appointed as Chief Executive in January 2021, Trevor Birch has held several prominent roles within football, including Chief Executive at Chelsea, Everton, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Derby County, as well as Chair of Swansea City and most recently, Director of Football Operations at Tottenham Hotspur.
A former professional footballer, Birch started out as an apprentice at Liverpool, aged 16, before going on to represent Shrewsbury Town and Chester as a player. Following retirement from the professional game, he gained a first class degree in Accountancy before qualifying as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young.
In 2002, he was appointed Chief Executive of Chelsea, where he led the £180million sale to Roman Abramovich in 2003, before going on to be Chief Executive at Leeds United, Everton, Sheffield United and Derby County.
Birch brings a wealth of industry experience to the EFL, his acumen and vast expertise working with notable Clubs invaluable to the EFL.
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.
Debbie was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List in recognition for her services to sport and the London 2012 Game, she was also awarded the Olympic Order by the IOC in the same year.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Considered to be one of the most influential figures in UK sport, Bazalgette has been head of The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horse racing, for more than a decade. Prior to that, he was the founding Chairman of Racecourse Media Group (RMG), which manages the media rights of more than half the racecourses in the UK.
He remains a non-executive director of RMG, as well as the Racecourse Association; Great British Racing the sport’s marketing arm; and Britbet, which manages the pool betting service at 55 British racecourses.
Bazalgette, who is a lifelong Brentford supporter, has considerable experience of working in multi-stakeholder environments, where the ability to build and maintain mutually-beneficial relationships is essential to long-term sustainability and prosperity, such as between the League and its Members.
His sporting credentials were further enhanced when he became Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of the London 2017 IAAF World Championships, the most successful world athletics and para-athletics games ever staged.
At the 2019 AGM, Clubs ratified the appointment of Bazalgette to the position of Independent Non-Executive Director.
Mark Ashton - Championship Director – Bristol City
Stephen Pearce - Championship Director – Derby County
Nigel Howe - Championship Director – Reading
Jez Moxey - League One Director – Burton Albion
Steven Curwood - League One Director - Fleetwood Town
John Nixon - League Two Director – Carlisle United