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.

Although horse racing has dominated Julie’s career, football is her first love. In just a few years she has seen the successful launch of Burton’s branch of the national football centre for England. Leading the centre from strength to strength, Julie feels there are “challenging and exciting times ahead” for St. George’s Park.

With a background in marketing, Julie’s route to sport came through the broad leisure industry. Her early career was with Whitbread Inns as Regional Marketing Director and later with British Airways as Retail Sector Director.

Managing pub estates for Tetley and Carlsberg during Euro ’96 allowed Julie to see what a successful football team can do for a nation: “I remember Euro 96 and what a great buzz it created in the country,” she told uttoxeter-news.co.uk. “I was involved in it through links with Carlsberg-Tetley at the time. There was such a feelgood factor around and I realised how, if English football is doing well, there’s a big spin off through the whole country.”

Julie’s other roles included a stint as Brand Manager at Wacky Warehouse before she moved into horse racing. Her first role was managing Uttoxeter Racecourse before going on to become Operations Director at Northern Racing, where she looked after 10 courses. In December 2014, she was appointed as Director at the British Horseracing Authority.

Originally from Tutbury in Staffordshire, Julie now lives only a few miles away from UCFB Burnley. She is a fervent Manchester United supporter and has fond memories of watching lower league football with her Dad in the 1970s.