Board of Trustees

Brian Nelson

Long-time supporter Brian Nelson joined the club’s Board of Directors in July 2014, after previously holding the position of Associate Director.

Brian, who was born in Nelson and is still a Pendle resident, is the co-owner of the established textile manufacturers Parklane Textiles Ltd alongside his wife Sandra.

He previously assisted the club by paying for team flights to away games, sponsoring equipment for the Academy and participating in the Turf Moor Bond – a process which enabled the club to repurchase its spiritual home and Gawthorpe training base in 2013.

Brian joined the Burnley FC in the Community board in July 2014 and is committed to ensuring Burnley FC has an active presence in the local community.

Barry Kilby

Barry resigned from his post as Burnley FC Chairman in May 2012 after a hugely successful 13-year stint at the helm of the club. Barry initially joined the club’s Board of Directors in October 1998 and was voted Chairman at the company’s annual general meeting two months later.

In a 2-1 rights issue in January 1999, he invested £3 million into the club to become its largest single shareholder. Barry’s business career has focused on the founding and building of the Europrint Group – the largest supplier of media games in the world. Barry sold this company in June 2003.

Barry now runs Total Gaming Solutions Ltd, a lottery management company for professional sports clubs, charities and other organisations.

Barry joined the Burnley FC in the Community board in July 2015 and, as a successful local businessman, he is committed to supporting the charity in ensuring Burnley FC is delivering on its community commitment to Burnley and the surrounding areas.

Richard Sutton

Born in Foulridge and a life-long resident of Pendle, Richard Sutton has supported Burnley FC for his entire life and is the club’s longest-standing sponsor (since 1988).

Richard is the former CEO and owner of Weston’s EU – a company that manufactures aerostructures in both the UK and Thailand. Now the owner and managing director of a property company, Richard is a Turf Moor bondholder and in the past he has assisted the club with a number of its fundraising schemes.

Within the scope of his charitable work, Richard is the Vice-Chairman of the Pendle Vision Board and a trustee of various charities that principally seek to work with local people. A Trustee of Burnley FC in the Community since April 2016, Richard is passionate about making a positive contribution to society by helping those less fortunate enjoy and benefit from equal opportunities in order to succeed.

Philip Wilson

As a founder and creator of UCFB, Professor Philip Wilson has created the ethos of the institution which puts each student at the centre of everything that UCFB does.

Graduating with a Distinction First from the Management School of the University of Liverpool with a MBA in Football Industries, Professor Wilson was also awarded the Paul Roy Award for outstanding achievement. His specialist area of academic interest is the Mitigation and Management of Financial Risk of Player Transfers and Manager Selection.

Professor Wilson is a visiting Professor at Bucks New University and a Trustee of Burnley FC in the Community.

Alison Rushton

Alison Rushton has been Assistant Principal at Nelson and Colne College since 2009 where she is responsible for apprenticeships, occupational/vocational education and employer engagement.

She is passionate about supporting young people into sustainable and fulfilling careers, as well as the economic success of the county. This reflects in the close work she does with East Lancashire businesses.

Alison has worked in further education for around 20 years, having previously worked, for more than 10 years, within the transport industry in North-West England.

As a mum of four to a family of dedicated Burnley FC supporters, and an 18-year resident of Pendle/Burnley, Alison is committed to supporting the club on its community commitments and ensuring exciting opportunities for East Lancashire’s young people.

Angela Allen

Angela helped to establish the consortium in 2011 alongside a team of dedicated individuals from local VCF organisations in Lancashire, and has managed the organisation since its inception.

She is well informed of the changing health and social care landscape in the county and represents the VCF sector on a number of strategic groups.  Angela’s strength and passion is partnership working – making use of collaborative processes to support health and well being, especially for the most vulnerable individuals and communities.

Beyond her experience in the third sector, Angela has also worked in the education sector for a higher education provider. She has worked for the public sector for two local authorities as well as in the private sector. Angela initially completed a BA in Sports Studies so has a keen interest in improving health through sport and physical activity.

David Lawson

David is a solicitor and Managing Director of Donald Race and Newton (DRN) solicitors with offices in Burnley, Colne and on Network 65. DRN provide legal services for individuals and business owners across the region and will be supporting Burnley FC in the Community on a range of legal issues – the particular focus being on supporting the charity with the acquisition of facilities and the development of the charity’s capital programmes.

David is also a Director of Burnley Cricket Club and acts as a solicitor for a range of local charities and sports clubs including Burnley Golf Club.

David is a local resident living in Worsthorne and is married with two children. He is also a keen Burnley FC fan and is a season ticket holder at Turf Moor.

Lukman Patel

Lukman joined Burnley Borough Council in July 2015 as the Head of Governance, Law and Regulation, and was appointed as the Council’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in November 2017.

Lukman read Law at the University of Lancaster which included a six months exchange programme at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands.

He is a qualified solicitor who has spent the majority of his legal career practising in the private sector in Manchester. He joined the Council from Trafford MBC where he was the Head of Legal (Environment).

He is passionate about bringing a range of partners (private, public and third sector) together to deliver inclusive growth for the residents of the borough.