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Clarke Carlisle

Former Premier League Footballer

Clarke Carlisle is a former Premier League footballer with a vast wealth of experience across many sectors through to executive and governance level.

He played professional football for 17 years, over 550 appearances across all 4 leagues in England, and received England U21 international honours. He moved into broadcasting as a commentator and pundit for ITV, BT Sport and Absolute Radio amongst others, being a key part of ITV’s World Cup 2014 team in Brazil.

During his playing career he was on the Management Committee of the player’s union, the PFA, for 10 years and was Chair of the Union from 2010-14.

Other board roles include:

  • Kaleidoscope Plus Group Board of Trustees (5 years – 3 years as chair)
  • Manchester FA Inclusion Advisory Board (2 years as chair)
  • UCFB Advisory Board (3 years – overseeing the expansion of the university to their Etihad and Wembley Campuses)

Clarke has been at the forefront of addressing key social issues. He presented 2 award winning documentaries for the BBC, “Is Football Racist?” and the critically acclaimed “Football’s Suicide Secret”, the latter being seen as a watershed moment in addressing Mental Health within sport and society. More recently he was appointed to the Expert Advisory Panel for the government’s Fan-Led Review into Football Governance, working closely with the Chair, Tracey Crouch CBE MP, on the Player Welfare and ED&I strands of the report.