Bullingham named new CEO at The FA

30 March 2019

Mark Bullingham, newly appointed CEO at The FA
Photo: The FA Mark Bullingham, newly appointed CEO at The FA, has a FA Level 1 qualified coach and has managed an U9 girls’ and U11 boys’ teams for the last four years.

Mark Bullingham credited for the strong commercial growth in The FA.

The “to-do-list” is long for the new chief executive who wants to focus on building new digital tools to help all the volunteers across the country.

Kasper Kronenberg kk@offthepitch.com

A few names have been mentioned lately in media speculations regarding who would end up succeeding Martin Glenn as Chief Executive Officer at The Football Association, FA.

Now The FA have confirmed the appointment of the current chief commercial and football development officer, Mark Bullingham, to succeed Martin Glenn as CEO. Martin Glenn will step down from his role at the end of the season.

Bullingham joined The FA in August 2016 as commercial and marketing director to lead the commercial, marketing and digital functions within the organization. He changed to his current position in the organization just 4 month ago.

In a press release The FA writes that “…Bullingham has played a key role in transforming the commercial landscape of the not-for-profit governing body, with a number of high-profile and record-breaking broadcast, sponsorship, licensing and hospitality deals across The FA, St. George’s Park and Wembley Stadium connected by EE.”

Quality of amateur pitches should improve

Furthermore they write that “…Bullingham’s contribution to The FA to date includes: helping to grow annual FA revenue by 25 per cent, key sponsorship deals with Nike and Barclays, record-breaking domestic and international Emirates FA Cup broadcast agreements, record viewership and engagement figures on FA digital channels, the successful 2021 UEFA Women’s EURO bid, tripling Wembley Stadium concert revenue and restructuring The FA’s Participation & Development programme.”

The to-do list is long but we know that as a team, we can deliver huge progress

Bullingham says that he is delighted to be given the opportunity to lead The FA.

"However, there is still a huge amount to do; from transforming the quality of amateur pitches, to doubling the women’s and girls’ game across the country, to hosting major international tournaments, to building digital tools to help volunteers across all areas of the grassroots game. The to-do list is long but we know that as a team, we can deliver huge progress,” he says.

Greg Clarke, FA Chairman, was quoted for saying: “Following a full and thorough recruitment process, it gives me huge pleasure and great confidence that the best candidate has come from within the organisation.”