Gavin Laws Chair
Gavin retired from Standard Chartered Bank in 2012 after a career with them spanning 37 years. His most recent role was Group Head of Corporate Affairs based in London in which he was responsible, amongst other things, for the management of the Bank's brand and sponsorship activities. Gavin was actively involved in the Bank's CSR activities as lead on Nets for Life, an initiative to defeat Malaria, and a board member on the highly successful ‘Seeing is Believing’ sight programme.
Gavin is currently Chair of Union Bank UK Ltd, Chair of Berkhamsted School, and a Non Executive Director at ASA International Holdings Ltd, Travelex Holdings Ltd and TAWT Ltd.
Ian Ayre Vice Chair
Ian joined Liverpool FC in 2007 and is the Chief Executive Officer and main board director. He has over 25 years’ experience gained across the Technology, Sport and Media sectors. Prior to joining LFC, and after serving over ten years with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, Ian’s career took him into the global satellite television and communications industry, including a position as Chief Executive for Pace Micro Technology Plc in Asia.
He was responsible for the Asian manufacturing, sales and distribution network for Pace before forming part of the $500m IPO. Returning to the UK, Ian was instrumental as a shareholder in the buyout of a UK professional football club, Huddersfield Town FC becoming Chief Executive Officer and Chairman before spending three years in 2001-2003 at sports TV firm Premium TV, a subsidiary of NTL (now Virgin Media). The business at the time was the world’s largest provider of streaming football content with over five million users.
Ian then moved to Malaysia as Chief Executive of Total Sports Asia a business selling sports media rights, managing live sports events and selling sports sponsorships.
Professor Fiona Beveridge LL.B., M.Phil.
Fiona is Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Liverpool.
Fiona is a Professor of Law, specialising in international and EU law, in particular foreign investment law and gender equality law and policy. She has a particular expertise in gender mainstreaming (that is, the idea that gender concerns should be addressed systematically in all areas and by all actors), and how this is implemented in international institutions, the EU, and in individual states. In the UK this approach is best exemplified by the public sector equality duty, now contained in the Equality Act 2010. She has recently completed two studies for the European Parliament FEMM Committee, ‘A New Strategy for Gender Equality Post 2015’ and ‘The EU Budget for Gender Equality’.
Fiona is Chair of the Boards of the University of Liverpool Press and University of Liverpool in Singapore, and is a member of the University’s governing body, the Council.
Susan joined Liverpool FC in 2011 and is the Director of Communications. She has over 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications, technology and global management consultancy sectors.
She leads a team that is responsible for managing the club’s strategic communications function – this includes club and football media relations; issues and reputation management; public relations and employee communication
Prior to joining LFC, Susan held senior corporate communications and PR roles at WYG plc, NTL (now Virgin Media) and Scottish Enterprise.
Susan holds a Masters in Communications (MSc) and Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip) from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Dr Simon Bowers
Simon is the Clinical Vice Chair of NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, GP at Fulwood Green Medical Centre in South Liverpool and Clinical Director of the Digital Innovation strand of Healthy Liverpool. After qualifying as a doctor in 1998, and then a GP in 2001, Simon has worked in a number of roles including Chair of Liverpool Matchworks Practice Based Commissioning Group and today he continues to be a passionate supporter of the NHS. His role as both a GP and a Clinical Commissioner gives him the best opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Liverpool by designing services that place the patients at the very centre of what they do.
In his spare time in addition to being an LFC fan, Simon keeps himself busy with two energetic young sons and fulfils his dreams of stardom with local band Off The Pier.
Linda Pizzuti Henry is the managing director of the Boston Globe. She is a co-founder of HUBweek, a fantastic collaboration between the Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital that explores the intersection of art, science and technology. Linda is also an early-stage impact investor, an Emmy-winning television producer with two shows currently airing, and a community activist.
In addition to the LFC Foundation, Linda serves as a director of the Red Sox Foundation, Chair of the Boston Globe Foundation, and Chairman of the John W. Henry Family Foundation. In addition, Linda is a founder of the Boston Public Market, serves on the Advisory Board of MassChallenge, and is on the board of the Engine at MIT.
Linda received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Babson College and her Masters Degree from MIT.
Billy joined Liverpool FC in 2012 and is the Club’s Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for Club-controlled revenue, marketing, digital media and business development activities.
Prior to joining LFC, Billy was Managing Director for Fenway Sports Management (FSM), which consisted of securing high-level sponsorships for the Boston Red Sox, including the strategic development of an impressive client roster of leading national brands such as LeBron James/LRMR Marketing & Branding, Boston College Athletics, and PGA TOUR event, the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Thomas Werner has enjoyed a prominent career in both the sports and entertainment world for many decades. Mr. Werner is Chairman of Liverpool FC and the Boston Red Sox. He was instrumental in establishing and overseeing the Red Sox Foundation, America’s largest sports team charity.
Under Mr. Werner and John Henry’s guidance, the Foundation has committed more than $94 million to fund charitable causes and programs throughout England. As Chairman of the Foundation, he spearheaded the creation Home Base in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital, a program that provides world-class care to treat the “invisible wounds of war” to Veterans and their families.
Mr. Werner has been recognised and celebrated with numerous awards for this philanthropic accomplishments.