Paul Faulkner – Keynote Speaker

paulfaulknerPaul Faulkner took over as Chief Executive of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in June 2015, having previously been Chief Executive of Nottingham Forest FC and Aston Villa FC.

A history graduate from Cambridge University, Paul began his career at MBNA Bank, completing the Bank’s Graduate Management Scheme and working in a variety of roles across the organisation in both the UK and the US.

Following a period working as a consultant for Michael Page, Paul returned to live in the US in 2005 when he accepted a role working for Randy Lerner and the Lerner family’s private office.  In 2006 Paul was an integral part of Randy Lerner’s purchase of Aston Villa FC and relocated to Birmingham to work at the club, initially as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Executive from 2010 to 2014. From 2011 to 2014 he served as a Premier League representative on the FA Council, including a period on the full FA Board in 2014.

Paul is an Associate Non-Executive Director of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and a Trustee of Cure Leukaemia, Town Hall Symphony Hall and the Library of Birmingham Trust.


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