Stewart Regan (born 10 February 1964, County Durham)[1][2] is the former CEO of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Scottish Football Association. He was also Director of the English Football League Championship, a position he took up following 17 years in the brewing industry with both John Smith's Brewery (Courage Ltd) and Bass Brewery. Regan was Strategic Planning Director for Bass and part of the senior team involved in the sale of the company's brewing arm to the American brewer, Coors.[1]

In 2003/04, the leading clubs in the EFL appointed Regan as their Managing Director with a brief to establish the second tier of English football as a strong, commercially viable league for aspiring clubs hoping to access the Premiership. Regan quickly brought Wickes into the fold as an Official Partner of EFL Championship and developed the profile of the league through the Everything to Play For campaign which highlighted the excitement of the end of season play-offs, specifically the play-off final, the 'richest game on earth'. In 2006, he was recruited by Yorkshire County Cricket Club as their CEO with a specific brief to develop the club following the acquisition of the famous Headingley Cricket Ground from Leeds Rugby Limited. This purchase was concluded by Colin Graves, currently Chairman of the England & Wales Cricket Board who at the time was Chairman of the club and successful owner/founder of Costcutter, a convenience store chain in the UK. Regan led the development of the cricket ground culminating in the design and build of the Will Alsop inspired Carnegie Pavilion, a dual use facility built at a cost of £25m and opened in 2009 as part of an exciting partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett) and Leeds City Council. The university partnership, which included sponsorship of the club's Twenty20 team, Yorkshire Carnegie, staff and student personal development opportunities, research assignments and player performance initiatives has subsequently been replicated by many professional sports clubs across the country. As a result of improvements made to the cricket ground at Headingley, Yorkshire County Cricket Club were able to retain their staging agreement with the England & Wales Cricket Board to host international cricket.

Stewart Regan took up the position as Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association on 5 October 2010, replacing Gordon Smith.[3][4] Within the first months of his appointment at the SFA, Regan had to manage the Scottish football referee strike, drafting in foreign officials as replacements to ensure the organisation was not in breach of contract with its broadcasting partners. In June 2011 Regan gained unanimous support from all 93 members of the association to modernise the game in Scotland and his strategic plan, Scotland United: A 2020 vision was rolled out across the country. [5]

In 2012, the Scottish Government appointed Stewart Regan to chair the steering group responsible for developing Scotland's first National Performance Centre[6]. After a competitive bidding process, Heriot Watt University were awarded the contract to design and build the centre. Oriam was opened at a cost of £33m in August 2016, on time and within budget. Oriam has subsequently become the home for the SFA's Performance Department and all of Scotland's national football teams. [7]

During his time as CEO at the SFA, the Scotland men's national A squad did not qualify for a major tournament and Regan parted company with both Craig Levein and Gordon Strachan, both of whom had two campaigns as national coach. On the plus side, Regan who was a passionate supporter for the development of women's football saw Anna Signeul's squad qualify for the first time ever for the UEFA Women's Euro Championships held in Holland in 2017.[8]

Stewart Regan was also Chairman of Hampden Park Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the SFA from 2015 to 2018 and led the winning Glasgow bid to host the UEFA European Championships which will take place in the city in 2020.[9] He was appointed by UEFA as a director of UEFA Club Competitions S.A, a joint venture with the ECA responsible for the business affairs of the organisation's club competitions. In addition, he was Vice Chairman of UEFA's Marketing Advisory Committee during the period 2012 to 2018.

Regan resigned his position at the SFA in February 2018, in the wake of negative publicity surrounding the Northern Ireland national coach, Michael O'Neill's, decision to stay in Belfast having been offered the Scotland job.[10] In April 2018, he founded Ascend Global Consulting Ltd and is currently advising a number of sports organisations around the world.

Stewart Regan CEO Scottish FA 2011


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Pattullo, Alan (29 July 2010). "Stewart Regan: 'Forget the past and I can cure your game's ills'". The Scotsman. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Stewart Regan is new chief executive of the Scottish Football Association". Press Association. Guardian Unlimited. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Regan named new Scottish FA chief executive". BBC Sport. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  4. ^ Stewart, Rob (28 July 2010). "Stewart Regan quits Yorkshire Cricket Club to take over role with Scottish FA". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  5. ^ Gordon, Phil (8 June 2011). "93 0: It's all change at the SFA". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  6. ^ "National Performance Centre for Sport". Scottish Government News. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Oriam: Sports performance centre to help Scots best – and the rest". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Euro 2017: Scotland's women qualify for first major tournament". BBC Sport. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Hampden chosen to stage games as part of Euro 2020". BBC Sport. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  10. ^ Forsyth, Roddy (1 February 2018). "Stewart Regan's SFA reign ends after failure to land Michael O'Neill for Scotland". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 7 January 2019.