CEO, Scottish FA
Stewart Regan was appointed Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association in October 2010 after four years at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
As Chief Executive of one of the most famous cricket clubs in the world, Stewart completely restructured the business to ensure greater commercial focus and put in place a new cricket structure to improve the club’s performance.
Previously, Stewart was Director of The Football League Championship, where he led the rebranding and rejuvenation of the second tier of English football, using a successful business model to generate significant new revenue from both broadcast and sponsorship opportunities. Since the creation of The Championship, attendances have reached their highest figures for over 50 years.
Before utilising his business acumen in the sporting world, Stewart spent 16 years in the brewing industry, most notably as Strategic Planning Director for Bass Brewers.
In his first year at the Scottish FA, Stewart oversaw a period of significant change. Building on the recommendations in former First Minister Henry McLeish’s Review of Scottish Football, Stewart introduced a new strategic plan, Scotland United – A 2020 Vision, heralding a focus on performance both on and off the pitch.
At the 2011 AGM, the Scottish FA members unanimously agreed radical and historic change to the governance and structures of Scottish football, including changes to the board structure, committee structure and the introduction of a new Judicial Panel to deal with all disciplinary matters.
Stewart also appointed the association’s first Performance Director, former Netherlands under-21 coach Mark Wotte, and introduced a Performance Awards Scheme to encourage senior clubs to promote elite youth player development while providing substantial revenue increases.
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