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EFL: Senior figures at Reading and Exeter City take on roles at the EFL

4 July 2017

The EFL is pleased to announce Reading’s Chief Executive Nigel Howe has been elected to the EFL Board.

Howe, who has held the position of Chief Executive at Reading since 1995, was voted onto the EFL Board by Championship clubs for a period of three years and will replace Brighton & Hove Albion’s Paul Barber following the club’s promotion to the Premier League.

Howe will join fellow Championship representatives, Brentford Chairman Cliff Crown and Jez Moxey, who is able to retain his position on the EFL Board following his recent appointment at Burton Albion as a non-Executive Director.

Another appointment confirmed is Exeter City Chairman Julian Tagg as an Alternate Director for League Two. He replaces Plymouth Argyle Chief Executive Martyn Starnes following the Pilgrims’ promotion to League One and, as an Alternate Director, will also sit on the EFL Commercial Committee.

Tagg has held numerous roles during his long-standing affiliation with the Grecians including Reserve Team Manager, Chief Executive and Chairman.

Following Howe and Tagg’s appointments, EFL Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “I am delighted to welcome Nigel on to the EFL Board. Nigel has been Chief Executive at Reading for more than 21 years and not only does he have a significant amount of experience in football but also in numerous other sectors. His insight and perspective will prove to be useful to the EFL and the clubs he will now represent.

“Julian too has a strong pedigree in the game and his knowledge and expertise of the division will be extremely helpful as will his counsel to our League Two representative John Nixon and the rest of the Board.”

Commenting on his appointment, 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.

"With more than 21 years as CEO at Reading, I trust I can offer both wisdom and experience to the role and I will aim to represent the EFL, the Championship and Reading Football Club to the best of my ability during my tenure.”

Exeter Chairman Tagg added: “It is an honour to have been voted by my colleagues as the Alternate Director of League Two for the EFL. The work the EFL do is really important and representing League Two is an honour I look forward to fulfilling.”

Both men will take up their positions with the EFL Board with immediate effect.


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