Paul Fletcher is one of Europe's leading Stadium experts - often referred to as a 'Stadiologist'. Though his career as a 'Stadiologist' started in 1996, he was already on familiar ground, quite literally, playing in many stadiums as a professional footballer. He is in fact one of the rare breed of ex-professional footballers who have successfully made the transition from 'team sheet' to 'balance sheet'!
Paul had a successful sixteen-year career as a professional footballer, starting in 1967, when as a 16 year old lad he was signed up by his home town club Bolton Wanderers. Three years later he became one of the country's most expensive transfers when he joined Burnley Football Club for a record fee. During the next ten years he made over 400 appearances, mostly in the old First Division (now The Premiership).
He subsequently became Chief Executive of Huddersfield Town FC where, over a six year period, he masterminded the award-winning Alfred McAlpine Stadium, voted the RIBA 'Building of the Year' in 1995. In 1996, he returned to Bolton Wanderers as Chief Executive at the new £40 million Reebok Stadium, which gained the BCI 'Building of the Year' award in 1998. In 1999, after two years at the Reebok, he was invited by the Football Association (FA) to become Commercial Director of the new £500 million Wembley National Stadium. He followed this as Chief Executive at the £64 million Ricoh Arena at Coventry, which has become one of the country’s largest sports and leisure venues.
In 2005, Paul filed the first patent for StadiArena - a Football Stadium that converts to a covered Arena. The worldwide launch took place in October 2007, and StadiArena now have offices in London, New York, Sydney, Dubai, Cape Town, Moscow, Beijing and Coventry, UK. StadiArenas are now seen around the World.
In January 2006 , Paul was invited to join the Board of Coventry City FC as Managing Director. Two years later, he returned to Burnley Football Club as Development Director and in July 2008 took up the position as Chief Executive, helping the club gain promotion back to the Premiership in 2009.
Outside of the football arena, Paul is an active member of the George Formby Appreciation Society and still trying to master the ukulele after 40 years of plucking!
As an expert in all areas of stadium design and management, backed by a lifetime in football, Paul is an ideal speaker when it comes to the business of the beautiful game. To book him as a Business Speaker for your Sports or Business Event, or as a Motivational Speaker, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call 020 7251 8222 for further information.
Our event was extremely successful and for many of the delegates your presentation was one of the highlights. It appealed to all the audience, male and female alike, football fans or not. My clients could have listened to your anecdotes all afternoon and I have no hesitation in inviting you to a similar function in the near future.
BDO Stoy Hayward
Not only was the event a complete success but your presentation proved to inspirational to everyone. All my clients from the region's TEC's were most impressed by you professionalism and content and they couldn't wait to give me their glowing report.
White Rose Conferences
I've booked Paul Fletcher on over 10 occasions at our KPMG Teambuilding seminars. He's been both a delight to work with and a true inspiration and motivation for all our attendees. I still hear some clients practising the principles many months later. How am I? ..Still 'Magnificent.
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