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Welcome to the Bulls: Chris Brindley MBE



Our second appointment to the Advisory Board is Chris Brindley MBE. After Executive roles in the UK with NatWest, British Gas and Metro Bank, Chris now has a portfolio of Non-Executive Director (NED) and Chair roles in Business and Sport. He also is a global keynote speaker and Executive Coach. He is Chair of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, Senior NED at the Rugby Football League, (RFL), Senior NED of the Manchester Football Association, NED at Equilibrium Wealth Management LLP, NED and Advisory Board Chair at Her Spirit, Chair at Zellar Limited and Chair of the Sporting House Group. From an Executive coaching perspective, Chris is the Leadership and Business Coach at Metro Bank, Switch the Play, Athlete Inspired Programme and Goodson Thomas. Chris has coached Executives from companies such as Heineken, Muller, and Halfords. Chris is also a Business Mentor for the Premier League, Elite Academy Managers Programme.

Chris is not a theorist, but a skilled and experienced practitioner. He is a leading authority on Performance Management, Strategy, Customer Experience and Employee Engagement; particularly within organisations where change is a feature. His strengths include building high performing teams, enhancing productivity through employee engagement and situational leadership. Chris leads on the subject of Leadership and People on the “Becoming a CEO in a Sporting Organisation” which has been created by VSI Executive Education, for whom Chris also delivers for on the Salford University Master’s Degree programme for Sporting Directors.

He has also worked extensively with academics from leading business schools as well as executives, managers and team leaders within global PLCs. Chris is passionate about creating a long-term sustainable performance culture that will continue long after he has completed his work. His accolades include Britain's Best Boss, Most Outstanding Workplace at the National Business Awards; Sales & Marketing Director of the Year (3 consecutive years), and in 2017 was awarded United Kingdom, Non-Executive Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors. Chris has spoken in the UK, Europe, Africa, and Australia on topics including Change Management, Culture, Building High Performing Teams, Customer Experience and Coaching.

In June 2018, Chris was awarded an MBE for his services to sport.

Chris stated “I am delighted to have been asked by Spencer Fearn to join the Advisory Board at AFC Mansfield. I have worked closely with Spencer for over 2 years, and he is exactly the type of leader that football needs, as he is knowledgeable, authentic and acts with integrity. The other Advisory Board members are a new breed of leaders in sport, and I am excited to work with them in helping AFC Mansfield achieve their ambitions. The tie up with NEFA is a particularly exciting part of the planned business model”

Spencer Fearn stated “I am delighted that Chris has joined our board at AFC Mansfield. I have had the pleasure of learning from Chris the past 2-3 years, and he is without doubt one of the best leaders we have in this country. You just have to look at his bio to see the unbelievable work he has done, which has been recognised with Chris achieving the honour of an MBE. Chris will take on a general advisory role where we will be guided by his vast knowledge in many areas”

Our third appointment will be announced at 6p.m tomorrow.


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