Mr Neil Doncaster, CEO of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL)

Issued: Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:02:00 BST

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The Adam Smith Business School was delighted to welcome Mr Neil Doncaster, the CEO of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) as a speaker of the 2017/2018 Practitioner Seminar series. Mr Doncaster spoke about 'Expecting the Unexpected' and presented to undergraduate, postgraduate students and staff. 

Event details

Date: Friday 6 October 2017  

Time: 5:00pm - 6:15pm    

Venue: John McIntyre Building room 201


Neil Doncaster is a qualified solicitor and has been involved with the football industry for 20 years. He is currently:

• Chief Executive of the Scottish Professional Football League
• Member of the Scottish FA Professional Game Board
• Executive in Residence with Liverpool University Management School

At the age of 31, Neil became Norwich City Football Club’s youngest ever Chief Executive. In his twelve years at City, he re-built the club’s reputation with supporters, resulting in season ticket numbers trebling over the period to 20,000 and the Club receiving awards for community, business development and innovation. While with Norwich City, Neil was elected as a Director of both The Football League and The Football Association in England.

In 2009 Neil became Chief Executive of the Scottish Premier League. In 2013, he oversaw the merger of the SPL and the Scottish Football League to form the Scottish Professional Football League – responsible for all 42 senior clubs in Scotland. Neil has steered the League through a number of high-profile crises, including the financial collapse of Rangers and Heart of Midlothian, a strike by referees and the insolvency of broadcaster Setanta Sports.

In July 2013, Neil was appointed the first Chief Executive of the newly formed Scottish Professional Football League. The SPFL now has in place long-term broadcast deals with Sky Sports, BT Sport and MP & Silva and sponsorships with Ladbrokes, Betfred, AG Barr and others.

These have dramatically increased the monies paid by the SPFL to member clubs, which are now at record levels. Most recently, Neil led the SPFL through a restructuring of both of the League’s cup competitions, which have been well-received by clubs, the media, fans and managers.

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