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Steve Gibson, Chairman; Middlesbrough Football Club

Steve Gibson
Chairman, Middlesbrough Football Club

A lifelong Boro fan, Steve Gibson joined the board as the club's youngest ever director at the tender age of 26. In 1986, Steve formed the consortium that would go on to save the club from liquidation.

In 1994, Steve somewhat reluctantly succeeded Colin Henderson as Chairman. It was Steve's vision that saw Boro leave Ayresome Park for the new all-seater Riverside Stadium in 1995, and his appointment of Bryan Robson as manager helped launch the 'Riverside Revolution', which saw Boro achieve three Wembley cup final appearances within 12 months during 1997 and 1998.

One of football's most popular figures, the biggest cheer during Boro's 2004 Carling Cup Final victory over Bolton Wanderers was heard when Steve was shown on the giant screen at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. During the same year, he celebrated ten years at the top of the club and was given the Freedom of Middlesbrough in recognition of his work for the town.

Steve is also managing director of international tank container services company Bulkhaul, which he began in his early twenties by borrowing £1,000 from his father. The firm specialises in transporting chemicals around the world and has grown to become one of the UK's top private companies.

Steve has a passion for the local community of Teesside and was instrumental in the launch of the charity in 1996.

Steph McGovern, BBC

Steph McGovern

Award-winning business presenter Steph McGovern has been working in financial journalism for over 10 years and is part of the BBC Breakfast team.

Steph travels all over the UK to cover economic and business news for the BBC. Whether she’s talking to workers in factories or interviewing FTSE 100 chief executives in the studio, Steph makes it her mission to find out what’s going on in the real economy.

Originally from Middlesbrough, Steph is a proud supporter of MFC Foundation.

Jeff Stelling, Sky Sports News

Jeff Stelling
Sky Sports News

Jeff Stelling is an English sports journalist and sport television presenter. He currently presents Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday programme, while he has also presented Countdown on Channel 4.

His first broadcasting position was as a Radio Tees reporter on Middlesbrough FC in the late 1970s. On 23 November 2007, Jeff was awarded an honorary Doctor of Professional Studies by the University of Teesside. In 2007, Jeff famously defended Middlesbrough on live TV after it was criticised on a national television programme.

MFC Foundation Trustees

Ray Mallon, Chair of Trustees

Ray Mallon
MFCF Chairman and former Mayor of Middlesbrough

Ray is well known within the area, having risen to prominence as a Detective Superintendent with Cleveland Police, and gaining a national reputation as 'Robocop' for his fight against crime and criminals.

He became the first Elected Mayor of Middlesbrough in 2002, and was elected on 3 consecutive occasions, performing the role for a total of 13 years. He stated on his departure : "The best time to leave a party is whilst you're still enjoying it. It's now the right time for me to leave"
In May 2015, he became a Trustee of the Foundation, and in August 2016 he took up the role of Chair of Trustees.

Ray's life has been devoted to public service, with an emphasis on helping children and young people: he truly believes that young people are the only guarantee for the future.

Stuart Smith, Chair of Trustees Ramsdens

Stewart Smith
Former Executive Chairman Ramsdens Financial Ltd
Executive Chairman of Ramsdens Financial

Stewart was born in Middlesbrough and grew up in the Linthorpe area. His parents were passionate Boro supporters and Stewart’s first taste of football included watching Brian Clough and Alan Peacock.

Stewart joined the Smith family personal credit business after graduating in business studies at Teesside Polytechnic (now Teesside University) in 1972. He became owner and driving force behind the family business in 1994, leading the acquisition of John Ramsdens Pawnbrokers in 2002. Stewart is currently Executive Chairman of Ramsdens Financial Ltd (Ramsdens) which has grown to become a leading national financial services and foreign exchange business with 123 branches across the UK.

Ramsdens has featured in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 and twice in the Sunday Times Growth Track 100 also in 2010, Stewart was voted the North East Business Executive of the Year. Ramsdens are proud to have been MFC’s shirt sponsor for a number of years. Stewart has worked closely within the communities in Teesside all his career and is passionate about raising aspirations. He sees his involvement in the MFC Foundation of which he is currently Chairman, as fundamental to helping those local communities through sports and enterprise related initiatives.

Neil Bausor, Chief Executive

Neil Bausor
Chief Executive, Middlesbrough Football Club

After a management career that has taken him to Panama and Switzerland, Neil initially joined Middlesbrough Football Club in in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer to review the club's operational and commercial activities, including all customer-facing aspects.

He was made Chief Executive in March 2012 after nine months doing the job on an interim basis. Neil had previously worked with chemical companies such as ICI and more recently Syngenta.

Neil is delighted to be a trustee of MFC Foundation and thinks the work carried out by the Foundation has fantastic benefits for the community. Neil believes it is important to raise aspirations of young people and adults across Teesside and firmly believes the work of the Foundation is making a positive difference.

Robin Bloom, The Gibson O'Neill Company Ltd

Robin Bloom
Group General Counsel, The Gibson O'Neill Company Ltd

Robin was born in Stockton on Tees and has lived in the Teesside and surrounding area all his life. He is a solicitor and following being a partner initially with Jacksons and subsequently Dickinson Dees, he now works as Group General Counsel for The Gibson O'Neill Company Ltd. When Senior partner at Dickinson Dees he was a an active member of CBI North East, where he served as Chairman, and NECC, where he was on the Regional Council. He is currently a Governor of Teesside University.

Robin is passionate about Teesside and believes the work of MFC Foundation is one way to assist in raising aspiration of those who live here through the power of football to engage communities in ways that other are unable to do.

Graham Redman, The Gibson O'Neill Company Ltd

Graham Redman
Finance Director, The Gibson O'’Neill Company Ltd

Graham is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser and is a director of The Gibson O’Neill Company Limited, the holding company of Bulkhaul Limited, Middlesbrough Football & Athletic Company (1986) Limited and Rockliffe Hall Limited.

Graham qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978 with a small firm in London before joining Price Waterhouse. He transferred to Leeds in 1984 and became a partner two years later, specialising in tax.

In 2003 Graham transferred to PwC'’s Newcastle office to take responsibility for the tax practice there, and in 2007 he took over responsibility for the tax affairs of the Gibson O’'Neill group and Steve Gibson.

Peter Rowley, Several sports organisations including Sport England

Peter Rowley
Chair and Director, Sport England

Peter Rowley spent over 30 years in senior roles in banks and building societies before retiring as Chief Executive of Darlington Building Society after 17 years in post in 2009. Since then, he has enjoyed a second career providing advice and guidance to a diverse range of private, public and not for profit clients.

He is a board member of Sport England and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (which are both Ministerial appointments), Chairman of SkillsActive UK (the Government licensed Sector Skills Council for the active leisure, learning and well-being sectors), Chairman of British Weight Lifting (the national governing body of the sports of weight lifting and IPC powerlifting), a Director of Coachwise Ltd., a Trustee of Tees Valley Community Foundation and a board member of Tees Valley Sport, the County Sports Partnership.

Peter believes passionately in the power of sport to change lives and communities for the better.

Alan Bage, Middlesbrough Football Club

Alan Bage
Former Chief Financial Officer, Middlesbrough Football Club

Alan was born in Redcar and has lived and worked in the Teesside community all of his life. Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1971 with the Middlesbrough office of Peat, Marwick & Mitchell, Alan spent 16 years in the engineering industry in Hartlepool before joining the then Boro shirt sponsor Heritage Food Group.

Alan joined Middlesbrough Football Club towards the end of the 1994-95 promotion season as Head of Finance and was involved in managing the move to the new stadium. Alan has been associated with the charity arm of the football club since its incorporation as a charity in 1996 based on the original ideas of Steve Gibson. The chance to become a Trustee and be officially involved has proved to be very rewarding.

Alan has witnessed at first hand for nearly twenty years the impact of the Foundation, in particular upon the young people of Teesside, by its association with Middlesbrough Football Club. The thrill that youngsters experience when attending courses at the stadium and being shown the pitch and the dressing rooms as part of a stadium tour is immense. The feedback from teachers describing the improvement in pupils’ behaviour when they learn that they are attending a course at the Riverside never ends. We should not underestimate the power of the football club brand in engaging people in life changing activities.

John Baker, Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK

John Baker
Former Director of Public Relations & Media, Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK

Born and bred in Middlesbrough and very proud of it , John has spent the whole of his career in the steel industry mainly on Teesside but also working in other parts of the UK. He held a number of senior managerial appointments prior to joining Teesside Cast Products as HR Director in 2006, remaining in that role until the plant was mothballed in 2011.

John joined SSI UK as Director, Public Relations & Media in June 2011 and was part of the management team which led the return of iron and steel making on Teesside in April 2012. Whilst the majority of his career has been in the HR functional role, John has also served as part of several business management committees, and represented the company on a number of external bodies for example; regional development project group, board member of a JV training organisation. John is also a member of the Board of Governors at Freebrough Academy in Brotton.

A keen ‘Boro supporter, John feels that raising aspirations within the local communities is an important factor in assuring the future success of the area. He sees the Foundation, particularly with its association with Middlesbrough Football Club, as being ideally placed to raise standards and provide opportunities for a wide cross section of the local population.