Paul Barber joined the board of Brighton & Hove Albion FC as chief executive in June 2012. In his first season with Brighton, the club secured its highest league position for over 30 years, made the Championship play-offs, enjoyed the highest average attendances in its division, and signed its largest-ever shirt sponsorship agreement, a multi-year deal with American Express.
Paul was named Overall CEO of the Year for England and Scotland, as well as Championship CEO of the Year, at the Football Industry Awards 2013, and won the Sports Executive of the Year at the 2016 International Stadium Business Awards.
Brighton narrowly missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League, by virtue of goal difference in 2016. Paul’s career in professional football has spanned close to 20 years, during which time he has held senior positions at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, and The Football Association.
Paul has also served on various committees for the EFL, the FA, UEFA and FIFA. Most recently, Paul was elected to the board of the EFL, where he helps represent the interests of all 24 Championship clubs.