Barney Francis. Head Sky Sport.
Chairman: Paul Sheldon
Since the London Olympics, sport has never been so popular in the UK, among participants and viewers alike. Our sportsmen and women are celebrated as national heroes; but without the administrators behind the scenes, their highly-anticipated sporting events would never take place. Sport is not just about the winning; it is also big business, with major television channels battling to win coverage deals, and sponsorship now a major feature of all key sporting events. With the help of friends and contacts across the sector, chairman Paul Sheldon’s list celebrates the organisers and deal-makers; the promoters of British sport, who are helping to shape the sporting landscape now and for years to come.
Paul Sheldon was educated at Marlborough and the University of Durham. He worked at Hodder Stoughton Publishers from 1975 to 1993, before becoming managing director of Hodder and Stoughton New Zealand. Sheldon was CEO of Surrey County Cricket Club from 1996 to 2011, and then founded his own consultancy firm, Paul Sheldon Consulting, in 2012.
- Vice-chairman West Ham United FC
- Performance director British Cycling
- Chief executive the Premier League
- Minister for sport and tourism
- President and chief executive Formula One Management
- Chairman the FA
- Head of BT TV
- Head Sky Sport
- Director BBC Sport