Sports Grounds Safety Authority Welcomes New Chair

Alan Coppin, SGSA Chair

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) welcomes the appointment of Alan Coppin as its new Chair.

Alan, who takes over from Paul Darling QC on 1st April is currently a Crown Representative working in the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group a Non-Executive Director of Marshalls plc, and a Trustee of The RAF Museums and Chairman of the Campaign Board.

His previous roles have included Non Executive Directorships of the Royal Air Force and of Berkeley Group plc, Chairman of The Retail People, Chief Executive Officer of both Historic Royal Palaces and Wembley plc, and a Member of the Executive Board of Compass plc.

Alan has also been Chairman of the charity INCLUDE, Chairman of the NW London Training and Enterprise Council, Chairman of The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, a Member of the Advisory Forum of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, Chairman of Redstone plc, a non-executive Director of both Carillion plc and Metroline plc, and a senior consultant at KPMG.

Alan said “I am delighted to accept the role of Chair of the SGSA. I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the next phase in its journey and helping to ensure the safety of spectators at more sports and in more countries."

Ruth Shaw, SGSA, Chief Executive said “We are extremely pleased to welcome Alan Coppin as Chair of the SGSA. His breadth of experience in industry, charity and government will bring another perspective to the organisation. With his extensive career history we are confident he will be an ardent ambassador for the organisation.

“On behalf of the SGSA, I would like to extend my gratitude to Paul Darling QC, who has served the organisation for 7 years with integrity, passion and commitment. He leaves the organisation in a stronger position than when he started, working tirelessly to secure its future and ensuring we can continue to offer guidance and support to help protect the safety of spectators in sports grounds across England and Wales and those around the world.”

Paul Darling QC, says “The SGSA is a fantastic organisation and it has been a great pleasure to have played a part in helping to ensure spectators have a safe and enjoyable experience at sports grounds. As I hand the baton over to Alan Coppin, I would like to wish him much success and enjoyment during his tenure.”