The Boards of Field of Dreams and Football Aid Trading Ltd have been selected from the sporting, charity and business worlds to provide the wide range of knowledge and experience required for managing a project of this scale.
Craig Paterson (Founder of Football Aid and Chairman of Field of Dreams) - Craig previously held the post of Chairman and Chief Executive of Melville Craig Group, Scotland's leading Human Resources and Recruitment Group. Field of Dreams is the registered grant making charity which distributes all funds generated by its partner trading company Football Aid through it's annual events programs. Craig chaired Football Aid from 2001 until 2014. He is a non executive trustee of the STV Appeal, and he currently chairs a global network on behalf of Celtic FC.
Daniel Geey (Chairman of Football Aid Trading Ltd) - Daniel is a Partner in the Sport Group at leading media law firm Sheridans. Daniel’s practice focuses principally on helping clients in the sports sector, including rights holders, leagues, governing bodies, associations, clubs, agencies, athletes, sports technology companies, broadcasters and financial institutions. He advises clients on regulatory matters, dispute resolution, as well as competition law, commercial and broadcasting issues in a range of sports including football, tennis, rugby, cricket, boxing, basketball, athletics and gymnastics. In Chambers and Partners, Daniel has been described by clients as “a remarkable source of knowledge and guidance” and has “a wealth of knowledge and contacts within the professional football industry". Daniel is also recommended in the most recent global Who’s Who Sports Lawyer rankings. Daniel is an accomplished speaker and writer, and has lectured at a number of European universities on a variety of contemporary sports law issues. He also tweets at www.twitter.com/footballlaw, blogs at www.danielgeey.com/blog and provides comment and analysis for media outlets such as Sky, BT Sport, ITV, the BBC, CNN, the Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Independent, Bloomberg, TV2, TalkSport and FCBusiness.
John Kennedy (Football Aid Trading Ltd) - John joined the board in 2010 and we are delighted to welcome him to the team. Regarded by many as one of the most promising players of his generation, John was a product of the Celtic FC youth system and made his first team debut during the 1999/2000 season. However, unfortunately John had to retire from the game on 13 November 2009, having failed to fully recover from a serious knee injury that he sustained on his Scotland debut in March 2004. John is First Team Coach at Celtic FC and we are confident his knowledge and contacts within the game will ensure he is a great asset to Football Aid.
Jonathan Paterson (Football Aid Trading Ltd) - Jonathan is the son of Football Aid Trading Ltd and Field of Dreams founder Craig Paterson and he joined the board in July 2010. Jonathan is the founder of JP International Productions, his UK based film production company and is based in Los Angeles, CA. He has worked with the Football Aid events team over several event seasons and has built a strong rapport with many of the charity's patrons and supporters over the years. He looks forward to supporting the charity by any means possible as it enters the next exciting stage in its development.
Gordon Scott (Football Aid Trading Ltd) - Gordon has been a loyal supporter to Football Aid for many years having participated in a significant number of our Live The Dream games across the UK, not to mention participating in our event with FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in 2003. Gordon founded a highly successful Construction Services Company in 1992, and by 2006 the company was a significant success so much so that the opportunity arose to sell the company, which was duly completed in 2006. Gordon became a Director of St Mirren Football Club in 2003, and at the time of selling his construction company it coincided with the clubs decision to build a new stadium. Gordon oversaw the design and construction of the new stadium on behalf of the club. He resigned from the board in 2010 but remained a shareholder and in 2016 he became Chairman of St Mirren Football Club. He retains interests within the property industry, through his company Langlands Scott International Developments S.L with interests in Las Vegas and Spain. With key business experience along with his passion for charity - coupled with his passion for football - Gordon will be a great asset to the Board here at Football Aid.
Michael O’Brien (Football Aid Trading Ltd) - Michael is an experienced Professional Football Administrator with a demonstrated history of working at the highest level within English football, including over 17 years in senior roles at Arsenal FC. Michael is skilled in all areas of football operations including large scale event management, and is currently Match Manager for the Premier League and EFL. In addition Michael is a Judicial Panel Member for the FA, and is also Guest Lecturer at UCFB and Liverpool University. Michael also a strong IT professional with a Masters focused in Sports Law and an MBA in Football industries.
Hal Cohen (Football Aid Trading Ltd) - Hal is currently Cloud Program Manager for Google Cloud. Previously Hal was Product Lead in Google for Work's Incubation team, focussed on defining and delivering IoT vertical solutions for partners and customers. He blends his technical expertise and business experience to ensure all solutions deliver concrete insights and value for stakeholders. Prior to this, he performed a number of roles at Google ranging from technical account management to product management. Hal studied Electronic Commerce Computing at University of Liverpool and previously spent a number of years at Deloitte working in IT Security consultancy. With a real passion for football and charity, coupled with his expertise in technology, Hal is a fantastic addition to the Board here at Football Aid.
Stephen Hutchison (Football Aid Trading Ltd) - Stephen is Deputy MD of FUSE and has worked on some of the biggest brands and partnerships. His experience blends marketing strategy with all aspects of the sponsorship planning, acquisition and activation cycle. Stephen is Deputy MD across all international business at OMD (Omnicom) Fuse and provides strategic guidance to a number of our key clients including; Nissan, PepsiCo, McDonald’s and HTC. As Director at Fuse, Omnicom Media Group's specialist sports and entertainment division. Stephen’s current role at Fuse involves providing strategic support for a number of global brand's including activation, evaluation, strategy, and the acquisition / negotiation of rights. I have experience of leading projects across many of the world's leading platforms including; UEFA Champions League, Olympics, World Cup, F1, America's Cup for brands including Nissan, HTC, McDonald's, Vodafone and Visa. Stephen participated in a Football Aid event at Celtic Park in 2010 and has a real passion and enthusiasm for Football Aid, and so will be a real asset to our Board.