Election of three new Directors adds diversity to ESA Board

9 July 2021 | Commercial & Sponsorship
Election of three new Directors adds diversity to ESA Board
Rebecca Martin of O2 Telefonica, Khadeen O’Donnell of English National Ballet and Daragh Persse of The Brand Fans were elected by their fellow ESA Members, adding significant diversity as well as professional credibility to the 15-strong Board.

Existing Board Directors Sophie Morris of Millharbour Marketing and Matt Stevenson of BT were also re-elected after ESA Chairman Andy Westlake unveiled an adjusted mission statement – “to inspire, unite and grow a welcoming and diverse sponsorship industry”.

The new-look Board comprises an increased female contingent of five, with arts & culture represented alongside sports and a greater proportion (20%) of Directors from outside the UK.

ESA would like to offer its heartfelt thanks to Matthew Leopold of LexisNexis, who has been a highly active Board member for six years

ESA Chairman Andy Westlake said: “I’m very proud of how our organisation has adapted to a global pandemic to continue its mission to inspire, unite and grow the sponsorship community with an increasing focus on inclusivity, and this morning’s AGM gave us the chance to reflect on this success.

“I’m delighted to welcome Rebecca Martin, Khadeen O’Donnell and Darragh Persse to the Board of Directors. We are all looking forward to working with them and it’s great that we have an increasingly diverse Board with broad experience of the sponsorship industry across Europe, arts and culture representation and improved gender balance.

“As we continue to bring new members into our international community we will remain focused on giving members the best possible value and a rewarding experience in all aspects of their engagement with ESA.

“While this is an exciting day for our organisation, I would also like to acknowledge the amazing contribution of Matthew Leopold as a Board Director. Matthew has done so much to help us inspire, unite and grow the sponsorship industry across Europe.”

Visit the Leadership page of the ESA website to see the new Board in full.

Related Articles

Share On


The latest commerical details, groundbreaking interviews and industry analysis, free, straight to your inbox.

SoccerExpert Signup

Sign up today to receive the newsletter.

Soccerex Reports

Soccerex 20 under 21

With the increasing value being attributed to young players, this report provides insight into the hottest prospects on the market.

Football Finance

Soccerex Football Finance 100 is an exclusive annual report that compiles a ranking of the world’s most financially powerful clubs.



Follow us on twitter to receive our latest market insight, industry interviews and news about our upcoming events.

Would you like to see Soccerex's content opportunities? Click here