Paul Barber appointed Brighton & Hove Albion's deputy chairman

Brighton have appointed chief executive Paul Barber as the club's deputy chairman with immediate effect.

Monday, 19th November 2018, 2:04 pm
Updated Monday, 19th November 2018, 3:11 pm
Paul Barber. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

The decision was approved unanimously by the club’s directors at a board meeting today and he will take on the new combined role with immediate effect.

Seagulls chairman Tony Bloom revealed Barber has declined opportunities to pursue roles at bigger clubs and added he is delighted Barber has taken the deputy chairman role.

Bloom said: “During his six and a half years as the club’s chief executive, Paul has overseen a sustained period of growth for the Albion, on and off the pitch.

“In recognition of the way the club is growing and developing, the board has decided that in addition to his current responsibilities as our chief executive, Paul will become deputy chairman of the club. It is a promotion that is well deserved.

“Paul has declined recent opportunities to pursue roles at bigger clubs, preferring instead to invest his energies and considerable football experience to help establish our club in the Premier League. The club’s board and I am delighted he has chosen this option.”

Barber joined Albion as chief executive in June 2012. After three EFL Championship play-off campaigns in three of his first four seasons, Albion achieved promotion to the Premier League in 2017 and then finished 15th in their first season back in the top flight last year.

Barber’s career in professional football has spanned more than 20 years, during which time he has held senior positions at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, and The Football Association.

Since joining Albion, Barber has been elected to various representative roles for the Premier League, The EFL, and The FA. He is currently a member of The FA Council and also serves as one of The FA’s international ambassadors. Last week, Barber was appointed to the Professional Game Board as a Premier League representative, replacing outgoing Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis who is joining AC Milan.