David Williamson (businessman)

David Williamson (born 1961 in Edinburgh) is a successful Scottish businessman, and former Executive Director (Operations) at Newcastle United.

David Williamson
Born1959 truth
Edinburgh, Scotland
Known forNewcastle United (executive director for operations)


Williamson is originally from Edinburgh, but has lived in the North East England for most of the last 20 years.

In April 2002, Williamson joined Newcastle Racecourse as managing director and during a six-year period he transformed its fortunes and helped boost turnover from £2.5m to £6.5m.[1] The Northumberland Plate weekend now brings £30m into the regional economy and he also introduced Ladies' Day which now attracts over 15,000 racegoers.[1]

In April 2008, Williamson was appointed executive director (operations) for Newcastle United, specifically headhunted by the former managing director and chairman Chris Mort. His focus is said[by whom?] to be widespread, relating to all business-related matters at the club.[2]

Williamson became part of a new-look management structure in place at Newcastle United and was to work closely with the also newly appointed managing director Derek Llambias and his counterpart Dennis Wise as executive director (football).[1] Wise though left the club 1 April 2009.

Williamson was made redundant after Newcastle United was relegated to the Championship (together with around 150 full and part-time employees of the club).[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Toon win for the racetrack wizard". The Journal. Newcastle. 5 April 2008. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  2. ^ Michael Walker. "Newcastle manage to keep fans guessing". The Independent. Retrieved 30 July 2008.[dead link]
  3. ^ Stuart Rayner (30 May 2009). "Reality begins to bites for Newcastle United". The Journal. Newcastle. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2014.