Paul Barber joined the board of Brighton & Hove Albion FC as the club’s Chief Executive in June 2012 and was promoted to become the club’s Deputy Chairman in November 2018.
In Paul’s seven seasons with the club, Brighton & Hove Albion has reached three play-off semi-finals, finished 3rd in the EFL Championship in 2015/16, and secured automatic promotion to the Premier League in the 2016/17 season. The club finished 15th in its first ever Premier League season.
Paul joined Brighton & Hove Albion from Vancouver Whitecaps FC where he became the first British football executive to lead a club in to Major League Soccer in 2011.
Previously, Paul was Executive Director of Tottenham Hotspur FC, where he enjoyed EFL Cup Final success with Spurs at Wembley in 2008, against Chelsea, and suffered disappointment in the same competition just a year later when Spurs lost to Manchester United in the 2009 Cup Final.
Prior to this, Paul was The Football Association’s first ever Director of Marketing, with responsibility for The FA’s commercial division, marketing and communications. He was also general manager for the England team at the UEFA European Championships in 2000 and at the FIFA World Cup in 2002.
Paul currently serves as a member of The FA Council as one of the Premier League’s elected representatives, and also represents the Premier League as a member of the Professional Game Board which, with representatives from all the major footballing bodies, oversees professional football in England.