Dr Keith Harris was appointed to the Everton Board of Directors in October 2016 and became Deputy Chairman in June 2018.
He acted as an advisor in the deal which saw investment into the Club by Farhad Moshiri in February 2016 and has an extensive background in football, having held roles as Chairman of the Football League between 2000 and 2002 and Director of Wembley National Stadium, owner of Wembley Stadium, between 2001 and 2007.
Through his corporate finance consultancy business, he has advised on the sale and purchase of dozens of clubs, including Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Swansea City, West Ham United, Aston Villa, Fulham, Manchester City and, most recently, the investment into Everton. He also advised Manchester United, Celtic and Tottenham Hotspur for many years.
Outside football, Dr Harris has held senior executive and Board-level roles with a number of Blue Chip organisations in both the UK and USA, including Morgan Grenfell (Deutsche Bank), Drexel Burnham Lambert, Apax Partners, HSBC Investment Bank - as Chief Executive – and Seymour Pierce where he was Chairman and Principal Owner.
At the time of his appointment as Deputy Chairman, Dr Harris said: “I am looking forward to taking a more senior role in the overall running of the Club at Board level and to be taking the lead in some of the Club’s most important projects, from first-team football matters to the new stadium project.
"The opportunity we have at Bramley-Moore Dock is potentially one of the most significant in the Club’s history. Through my previous involvement in Wembley, I understand both the opportunities and the complexities in delivering a new stadium. While we still have some significant hurdles to overcome, we’re all fully committed to making this happen as quickly and efficiently as we possibly can.”