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Advisory Board

The SD Europe advisory board consists of a number of talented individuals that offer their advice, skills and experience to the organisation across a broad range of topics and sectors.

Kat Craig

Kat is a human rights lawyer with over a decade of hands-on experience advising clients how to improve their lives and the lives of others, and another decade of strategic social change experience. She has won various awards for her work, and has been a charity director, trustee and consultant, advising on a range of issues including strategy, human resources, fundraising and communications.

Kat holds a postgraduate Executive Certificate in Sports Philanthropy from George Washington University and a first class Postgraduate Degree in Law. She regularly appears on national and international media, including BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 News, the Today programme and CNN and writes for various print outlets. Kat left the law to start the organisation Athlead because she believes that athletes have a unique power to change the world and that the world is in desperate need of changing.

Tony Ernst

Tony spent nearly five years as chairman of the Malmö FF supporters club, MFF Support, between 2005 and 2009 during which time the club was the largest in Sweden. He helped start Malmö FF’s deeper involvement with their own supporters and was instrumental in setting up Sweden’s first Supporter house, where the supporters of Malmö FF meet before and after games.

Tony was also one of the instigators of Svenska Fotbollssupporterunionen (SFSU), the Swedish Football Supporters Union, where supporter clubs from all teams in the top two divisions came together for the first time in 2009. He took over as chairman of SFSU in 2012 and spent three years as head of nearly 40,000 supporters. Tony spearheaded a revolution within Swedish football as supporters saved the 50+1 rule in 2013, saved standing areas at the arenas the same year, and also saw SFSU and SEF, the Swedish League, became official speaking partners.

William Gaillard

William Gaillard is a Senior Advisory at leading global public relations and communications firm, Burson-Marsteller Europe (Young and Rubicam, WPP Group). A native of France, he was appointed the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at UEFA in 2003, later becoming Senior Advisor to the President of Uefa at the time, Michel Platini.

Born and raised in Paris, William was educated at Sciences Po Paris, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Geneva Development Institute and at Harvard University. In addition to sport, William has held a number of top management positions in public affairs, external relations and communications including the European Commission, the United Nations and the International Air Transport Association.

William is also a member of the Executive Board of Fare (Football Against Racism in Europe) and of the Executive Board of Sport et Citoyenneté (Paris).

Zenon Severis

Zenon is the Editorial officer at the European Investment Fund (EIF) in Luxembourg, having previously amassed over 10 years’ experience in Brussels as public policy officer in all three EU institutions (Commission, European Parliament and Council). He has expertise in health, regional policy, youth and sport policy and was a Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou for four years.

In his spare time, Zenon founded the BXL Euroleague, an amateur football league based around the European institutions in Brussels, and is also involved with the APOEL supporters trust in Cyprus.

Andy Walsh

A former board member and General Manager at FC United of Manchester, Andy helped establish FC United as a successful semi-professional non-league football club. With over 5,000 co-owners and more than 2,000 season ticket holders, FC United became the largest supporter-owned football club in the UK. The club won four promotions and awards for its community work and its cooperative excellence.

Working closely with the club’s elected board, he led the project to finance and develop FC United’s award-winning new stadium and community facility at Broadhurst Park in Manchester. Working in partnership with Manchester City Council and public bodies the finance for the build came from a ground-breaking Community Share Scheme and other social financing initiatives, which saw supporters raise half of the new ground’s £6.5m cost.

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