Board of Directors
Bill Kenwright CBE
Elected to board 23.10.89
Chairman June 2004-present
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright was born in the Wavertree area of Liverpool and, from an early age, forged a love affair with the football club - inspired by his idol, Everton centre forward Dave Hickson.
While football has always been Bill's passion, it was in the arts that he made his name.
His first break in acting came at the age of 18 when he landed a part in Granada TV's 'The Villains'. Further parts in such shows as Z-Cars followed.
He appeared in several West End musicals before he was asked to join the cast of Coronation Street in 1968 as Gordon Clegg. At the end of his 12 month contract he made the transition into production and since then he has produced hundreds of shows all over the world, including Willy Russell's long running hit Blood Brothers.
His company Bill Kenwright Ltd, is now the most prolific theatre production company in the world.
As a director, Bill has been responsible for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita. He also directed Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman's Whistle Down the Wind, and was nominated for a London Theatre Critics' Award for West Side Story at the Shaftesbury Theatre, and a Tony Award for Blood Brothers on Broadway.
His films include the recently completed Cheri directed by Stephen Frears starring Michelle Pfeiffer; The Day After the Fair; Stepping Out; Don't Go Breaking My Heart; Sundance Festival award winner Die Mommie Die; and The Purifiers. He co-produced the phenomenally successful national arena tour of Elvis - The Concert with Elvis Presley Enterprises.
He has received an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool's John Moore's University and is an Honorary Professor of Thames Valley University in London. Autumn 2008 sees him accept an Honorary Fellowship from Nottingham Trent University. In 2002 he received the Variety Club Bernard Delfont award for his contribution to the entertainment industry. January 2001 brought him a CBE in The Queen's New Year's Honours.
His success as a renowned producer and his passion for Everton came together in 1989, when he was invited to join the board of directors at Goodison. He rose to the position of deputy chairman when he launched his successful £20m bid to buy a 68% majority share of the club from Peter Johnson in 1999.
He was appointed chairman in place of Sir Phillip Carter in the summer of 2004.
Elected to the board 2.3.00
Jon Woods joined the board in 2000 but his family's involvement stretches back to 1892 when one of his ancestors loaned the fledgling Everton £1000 to build the original Goodison Road stand.
He has supported Everton since boyhood travelling the world to cheer on 'the Blues.' A shrewd man of business, Mr Woods founded the computer-entertainment firm, Ocean Software, which became a global success.
Jon was brought up in his native Liverpool where he established a string of businesses ranging from retail to leisure.
He went on to found computer games company Ocean which attracted global interest leading to a sale in mid-1980s. Ocean's games were regarded as key in the success of major gaming platforms such as Nintendo.
Continued success in business allowed Mr Woods to invest in his first love, Everton.
Since he joined the board, his astute stewardship and relationship with his fellow directors has seen the club regularly compete in the upper reaches of the Premier League.
Elected to the board 18.07.07
Robert Earl became a major shareholder in Everton in October 2006, purchasing a significant shareholding from Paul and Anita Gregg.
The US-based businessman, who is originally from London, became a director of the Club in July 2007.
A former president of Hard Rock Cafe, Mr Earl founded Planet Hollywood in 1991.
He is also co-chairman of BHM Gaming Opportunities, the owner of the former Aladdin Casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip which is now known as Planet Hollywood. Planet Hollywood also owns a global chain of 20 show-business-themed restaurants located primarily in tourist hot spots such as Las Vegas, New York's Times Square, London and Orlando.
Movie star "owners" such as Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger were utilised to endorse the global brand and remain close friends of Mr Earl.
DIRECTOR & LIFE PRESIDENT
Sir Philip Carter CBE
Chairman August 1978-1991, November 1998-June 2004
Elected to the board August 2008
Sir Philip Carter is Everton's most successful chairman ever.
After famously standing by Howard Kendall when the 1983-84 season started going off the rails he was able to enjoy the trophy-laden period that followed.
Sir Philip is one of the most respected men in the game and, at one stage, he was the President of the Football League.
He first assumed the role of Chairman in 1978 and passed on the reins to Dr David Marsh before the start of the 1991-92 season.
After Peter Johnson's tenure in the mid-90s, Sir Philip returned to the helm to steady the ship and he stayed there until handing the job over to Bill Kenwright in 2004.
A former chief executive of Littlewoods, Sir Philip was originally brought to Everton by the former owner John Moores.
In August 2008, Sir Philip rejoined the board of directors.
Robert Elstone was initially appointed as Deputy CEO of Everton in 2005, having forged a commanding reputation as an expert in sports business.
He arrived at Goodison from Deloitte, where he held the position as Director of the Sports Business Group.
Previously he had been in the roles of Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League and Director of Football Business Affairs at BSkyB.
During his time at BSkyB, Robert worked closely with a number of Premier League clubs following Sky's acquisition of equity in four leading clubs. Utilising the unique skill-set he enhanced and developed during his time with Deloitte, Robert secured a series of key commercial agreements.
In his time at Everton, Robert has introduced a number of key organisational and structural developments that have led to improved financial performance, greater stability in the business and a strong, empowered Management team.
Robert’s also been responsible for substantial commercial progress in retail, sponsorship – the Club’s record Chang deal - and ticketing.
He was appointed Acting CEO at Everton on August 5, 2008 - following the resignation of Keith Wyness. And on January 22, 2009, the Club confirmed that Robert was to become the permanent CEO.
VICE LIFE PRESIDENT
HEAD OF FINANCE/COMPANY SECRETARY
HEAD OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS/CLUB SECRETARY
HEAD OF MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS
HEAD OF STADIUM OPERATIONS