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Soccer - 07 Oct 2021
Burnley, of English soccer’s top-tier Premier League, have made four new appointments to newly created roles at the club.
Russell Ball has been brought in as head of matchday operations and will oversee the club’s interaction with supporters, commercial partners and the local community. He will also be involved in the modernisation of Burnley’s Turf Moor stadium and its matchday experience for fans.
Ball, who will report to executive chairman Alan Pace, brings over 25 years of board-level experience in real estate to the position and has acted as an advisor to Burnley owner, ALK Capital, since it took over the club in December 2020.
Harriet Harbidge has been appointed as Burnley’s first-ever fan experience manager. She joins the club from Premier League champions Manchester City but previously worked as supporter liaison officer at Burnley from 2016 to 2019.
Lola Ogunbote has been appointed as the first business lead of Burnley FC Women. She will oversee all aspects of the team, including personnel, budgets, and day-to-day football club operations.
She previously worked in China as the director of football at Beijing Royal School and was an international community coach for Arsenal FC in Australia, South Africa and Mozambique. She will continue in her role as executive director of US non-profit Goals for Girls.
And, finally, Gurpri Bains has been appointed as Burnley’s equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) lead, with responsibility for the coordination and implementation of the club’s EDI strategy.
Bains joins from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.