Portsmouth Business School lecturer plays a part in important new vision for football
In the latest edition of Business Talk from the University of Portsmouth, we look at how Christina Philippou, from Portsmouth Business School, has joined 30 clubs from the English Football League, 40 world-renowned experts and 19 leading politicians who have come together to launch a new vision for our national game.
Christina is Director of Policy for Fair Game, a group of football clubs supported by experts and politicians, that recently revealed its new vision for football.
The government is currently developing policies on how to change the national game as part of Tracey Crouch’s football governance review.
Fair Game aims to help develop the long-term realistic solutions needed to solve issues around financial stability, owner mismanagement and club’s disconnection with local communities.
Christina, a principal lecturer in Accounting and Financial Management, is at the cutting edge of football reform.
She has been coordinating over 40 policy advisors across the country to help develop realistic long-term solutions to the problems football faces to ensure clubs are run well financially, respect equality standards and properly engage with their fans and their community.
Christina said: ‘It’s exciting to be working with clubs and experts - both academics and practitioners - to try and improve governance across the football pyramid so to avoid repeats of the financial problems of Bury FC or Macclesfield Town.
‘It’s great to have so many experts to turn to when problems in need of solutions are brought to Fair Game’s attention by the clubs.’
Fair Game’s vision is outlined in a 48-page manifesto, Putting Pride Back In the Shirt: Fair Game’s Solution for the National Game.
It details solutions to various problems within football, including the owners and directors test, financial sustainability, protecting the heritage of clubs, and tackling discrimination.
The document is the result of over six months of hard-work from Fair Game, and follows: ongoing consultation with the clubs; recruitment of global experts; four workshops; nine expert-led working groups; a 66-page options document; five surveys of clubs; and two open scrutiny sessions.
Portsmouth project among winners of the UK’s biggest clean maritime competition
An ambitious project, led by the University of Portsmouth, has been awarded £1.5m to help develop and demonstrate a Green Hydrogen energy system within Portsmouth International Port.
The Shipping, Hydrogen & Port Ecosystems UK (SHAPE UK) project was named as one of the winning projects of the £23m Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport, to propel the government’s commitment to have zero emission ships operating commercially by 2025 and establishing the UK as world leaders in clean maritime.
The SHAPE UK project will help identify the barriers, infrastructure and regulatory considerations that will enable port managers to install a Green Hydrogen generation and storage system within the port.
It will also supply a working vessel to the port authority, powered by an engine using green hydrogen.
HR expert recognised as ‘exceptional leader’
Gary Rees, head of Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management, has been awarded Chartered Companion by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for his exceptional leadership and impact.
Gary is one of just a handful of people in the UK to be given the award, and the first from the university.Chartered Companion is one of the highest levels of recognition in the world of human resources and people development.