Our Executive Board
A World First in Higher Education
The UCFB Executive Board is made up of hugely experienced and knowledgeable minds from the world of professional sport and business. Their links to the football and sport industry ensures UCFB remain best in class at providing higher education provision for the football, sport and events industries.
Brendan Flood, Chairman+
Chairman of UCFB
Chairman of Firstpoint USA
Director of Burnley FC
Founding Owner of MLS franchise Orlando City SC
Founding Investor and Chairman of Real Estate Group and Spectrum Investment Management
UCFB’s Chairman and co-founder who led the creation of UCFB inside Turf Moor stadium, Brendan’s background also includes steering football clubs on both sides of the Atlantic to new heights.
First joining Burnley FC’s Board of Directors in 2006, Brendan became its major investor and Operational Director in 2007, playing a significant role in the club’s first promotion to the Premier League in 2009 and two subsequent promotions since.
One of the founding owners of MLS side Orlando City SC, Brendan has helped to shape its recent success which includes a playing squad that can boast Brazilian superstar, Kaka.
Brendan has several decades of experience as a leader and founder of multiple highly successful property and investment companies, particularly in the north-west of England.
John Banaszkiewicz, Director+
Director of UCFB and Burnley FC
Former Co-Chairman of Burnley FC
Director of Firstpoint USA
A member of the board of Burnley FC since 2010, John was its Co-Chairman from 2012 to 2015, overseeing a period of significant growth and success including promotion to the Premier League for the 2014-15 season.
As a Director and co-founder of UCFB, John has played a key role in the institution’s growth to Wembley Stadium and Etihad Stadium since its inception at Burnley’s Turf Moor stadium.
John is a global leader within trading markets, including having co-founded Freight Investor Services Ltd UK (FIS) in 2002. Since its foundation he has seen sustained growth in every year of operation, as well as the company’s expansion from its London base to the United States, China, India, Singapore and Greece.
Paul Fletcher MBE, Director+
Director of UCFB
Former Burnley FC, Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool footballer
Former Chief Executive of Burnley FC, Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers
Former Managing Director of Coventry City
Former Commercial Director of Wembley National Stadium
A popular figure as a Burnley player at Turf Moor as well as his home town club Bolton Wanderers, Paul enjoyed a glittering 13 year professional career as a striker.
In 1996, Paul returned to Bolton Wanderers as Chief Executive and after two years at the Reebok he was invited by The FA to become Commercial Director of the new £500m Wembley National Stadium.
Later taking up the position as Chief Executive at the £64m Ricoh Arena in Coventry, Paul then joined the Board of Coventry City Football Club as Managing Director before being appointed Chief Executive of Burnley FC in 2007. Having overseen the successful promotion of Burnley to the Premier League in 2009, Paul is a co-founder of UCFB at Turf Moor and plays an instrumental role in its ongoing success.
Paul was awarded the MBE for Services to Football in 2007 in the New Year’s Honours List.
Professor Philip Wilson, Chief Executive+
Chief Executive of UCFB
Chief Executive and a co-founder of UCFB, Philip has played a key role in establishing UCFB as the world leader in higher education for the football, sport and events industries since its first cohort of students began in 2011.
Overseeing UCFB’s expansion from its initial campus at Burnley’s historic Turf Moor stadium to Wembley Stadium and Etihad Stadium and introducing UCFB’s graduates into the world of sport, Philip also secured the UK’s first ever higher education postgraduate partnership with the Real Madrid Graduate School in 2015.
Having graduated first class in the Management School with an MBA in Football Industries from the University of Liverpool, Philip is an active member of the Institute of Directors, Chair of Independent Higher Education and a member of GuildHE.
Professor Carl Lygo, Non-Executive Director+
Non-Executive Director of UCFB
Chief Executive of BPP Holdings Ltd
Vice Chancellor of BPP University
An internationally-recognised figure in both the educational and legal fields, Carl is also a passionate supporter and Director of his hometown FA Women’s Super League football club Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Holding lecturing roles at a number of universities across the UK, Carl is the longest serving current member of the BPP Holdings board and was instrumental in the development of BPP University Law School and the grant of degree awarding powers to BPP.
A Companion of Honour of the Chartered Management Institute, Carl was formerly a member of the General Chiropractic Council after being appointed by the then Secretary of State for Education.
A qualified barrister, Carl was included as one of the UK’s Hot 100 Lawyers by The Lawyer magazine in 2005, and was recently shortlisted by the Education Investor magazine for the prestigious award of ‘most valuable contribution to education by an individual’.
Bill Holroyd CBE, Director+
Director of UCFB
Chairman and Founder of OnSide Youthzones
A highly successful businessman who has been involved in dozens of companies, Bill is a passionate philanthropist with a particular interest in providing opportunities for young people across the UK.
Overwhelmed by the positive impact of the Bolton Lads and Girls Club when he became Chairman in 2008, Bill set up OnSide Youth Zones, a charity providing safe, inspiring, state-of-the-art facilities for young people in their leisure time. Over 20,000 people already enjoy his centres, with an aim to have 100 built across the UK.
Awarded the CBE in 2013, Bill received a Beacon Award for Philanthropy and was made High Sherriff for Cheshire in 2015.