Students at UCFB have the opportunity to learn from senior practitioners in the football business.

In our Executive Speaker Series a guest speaker visits UCFB most weeks to deliver a lecture to students on an area of their expertise and to answer questions.

Steve McManaman, in an exclusive guest lecture at UCFB’s Wembley Stadium campus.

Steve McManaman, in an exclusive guest lecture at UCFB’s Wembley Stadium campus.

Guest speakers include the Chief Executives of Premier League football clubs, the directors of major corporations, senior figures in football governing bodies and in the core related industries of finance, marketing, media and broadcasting, along with leading journalists and academics. This gives UCFB students unique and unlimited access to a global network of contacts at the top of the football business and surrounding industry.

Click below to read more about some of the speakers who have attended UCFB so far:

Jamie Carragher - Former professional football player and Sky Sports pundit+

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As well as being recognised regularly for his charitable work, Jamie has established himself as a competent and likeable football pundit since his retirement. Often working alongside former rival player Gary Neville, he uses his extensive knowledge of the game to analyse matches for Sky Sports viewers.

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Peter Salmon - Global Creative Chief at Endemol shine, former Director, England at the BBC+

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A Burnley native, Peter has played a key role in the evolution of Britain’s television industry over the past three decades. Having held various positions across the sector, he has built up all of the experience necessary to perform in his current role – as Director England at the BBC.

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Alistair Mackintosh - Chief Executive at Fulham Football Club+

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As a successful and renowned chartered accountant, Alistair Mackintosh, in his role as CEO at Fulham Football Club applied strong financial nous to the equally results-driven world of football.

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Niall Sloane - Director of Sport at ITV+

Hailing from a illustrious career in sports journalism, Niall Sloane has been at the forefront of British Sport broadcasting for almost 30 years. Working for the BBC for several decades, he now heads up ITV’s sports programming.

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Julie Harrington - Managing Director at St. George's Park+

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Julie Harrington joined The FA in March 2012 as Managing Director of St. George’s Park. She came to the team from her post as Operations Director at Northern Racing where she spent eight years. Now considered an esteemed figure within The FA, Julie has the impressive job of managing its multi-million pound complex and around 350 members of staff.

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Neil Doncaster - Chief Executive at Scottish Professional Football League+

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A leading light in Scottish football, Neil Doncaster joined the UCFB as an advisory board member in 2013. As Chief Executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, he certainly has a strong history with UK football.

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Rachel Brown-Finnis - Former Everton and England football player+

Former England & Everton goalkeeper, Rachel Brown-Finnis, speaking to UCFB students

Rachel Brown-Finnis has a central role at UCFB, acting as an ambassador and a member of the advisory board. She also regularly lectures UCFB students at both campuses and organises student placements and work experience opportunities within the industry.

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Brendan Foster - Former Olympian and Vice-President at Nike Europe, and founder of the Great North Run+

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Brendan Foster has been instrumental in nurturing athletic talent from overseas and was awarded an MBE in 1976, plus a CBE in 2008. He remains ever passionate about running and is proud that the Great Runs continue to inspire generations to take up the sport, no matter their ability. He recently shared his enthusiasm with students at UCFB Burnley, talking about his career plus his business endeavours.

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Daniel Geey - Voted one of the top UK sports lawyers in 2014+

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Daniel has been formally ranked as one of the ‘Associates to Watch’ in the ‘UK-wide Sport’ section of the 2015 Chambers & Partners guide to the world’s best lawyers, and regularly visits UCFB Wembley and UCFB Burnley to give masterclass sessions to the BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Law students.

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Steve McManaman - Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and England football player and BT Sport pundit+

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UCFB students recently enjoyed the unparalleled opportunity to meet current television football pundit and former Liverpool, Real Madrid and England midfielder, Steve McManaman, in an exclusive guest lecture at UCFB’s Wembley Stadium campus.

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Martin Tyler - Sky Sports commentator+

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UCFB Wembley students were recently treated to an exclusive guest lecture and Q&A from the voice of British football, Martin Tyler. Students were delighted to gain an insight into the life of the man that was crowned ‘Commentator of the decade’ in 2007 and whose voice continues to be heard commentating around the globe today.

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Steve McClaren - Derby County Manager; former England, Newcastle United and FC Twente Manager+

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Former England manager Steve McClaren outlined the vital ingredients needed to be an elite level manager when he was the headline speaker at a recent UCFB postgraduate taster evening.

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George Cohen - 1966 World Cup winner with England+

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George Cohen, who is regularly named as England’s greatest ever right back, gave students at UCFB Wembley a unique insight into the pitch at the 1966 World Cup during his talk at the Executive Guest Speaker Session.

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Hayley McQueen - Sky Sports News presenter+

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Hayley McQueen, one of Sky Sports’ most popular and prominent presenters, recently visited UCFB Wembley to talk to students about her exciting career path so far, the increasing role of women within the sport industry and to pass on words of wisdom to aspiring media, broadcasting and journalism students.

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Dharmesh Sheth - Sky Sports reporter and broadcaster+

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The Pitch View West Auditorium overlooking the pitch at Wembley Stadium was full for last month’s exclusive guest lecture with Sky Sports News Reporter Dharmesh Sheth. Dharmesh is one of the UK’s most recognisable sports broadcast reporters having worked at Sky Sports News since its inception in 1998, and became an instant favourite with UCFB students.

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Greg Dyke - Former Chairman of The FA and Director General at the BBC+

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In the week that Greg Dyke announced the second instalment of plans from his Football Commission, the Football Association Chairman spared time out of his busy schedule to elaborate on his vision for English football with UCFB students.

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Joey Barton - Professional football player, formerly at Glasgow Rangers, Manchester City and QPR+

Former Burnley Football Club and England footballer, Joey Barton visited UCFB to deliver a guest speaker session to the students. After the lecture he gave an exclusive interview to UCFB TV.

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Other UCFB Guest Speakers+

James Mason – Chief Operating Officer at Bradford City FC


Mark Lawrenson – Former professional football player and pundit at the BBC


Jacqui Oatley – Sports Broadcaster at the BBC


Stuart Pearce – Former professional football player at Nottingham Forest and England; former England U21 and Team GB Manager


Adrian Bevington – Owner of Adrian Bevington Sport & PR Ltd and former Managing Director of the England National Teams


Kelly Simmons – Director of The National Game and Women’s Football at The FA


Margaret Byrne – Former Chief Executive at Sunderland AFC


Mike Phelan –  Manager at Hull City AFC and former Assistant Manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United


Alastair Campbell – Former Government Director of Communications and Strategy


Dr Brian Barwick – Chairman of The Rugby Football League and former Chief Executive of The FA


Heather Rabbatts – Director at VFA; independent Director at The FA


Ian Haythornthwaite – Finance Director at the BBC


Lee Hoos – Chief Executive at Queens Park Rangers FC


Susan Black – Director of Communications at Liverpool Football Club


Sean Dyche – Manager at Burnley Football Club


David Moyes – Manager at Sunderland AFC


Lee Clayton – Head of Sport at the Daily Mail and MailOnline