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Who's Who


LIFELONG Boro fan Steve joined the board as the club's youngest ever director at the tender age of 26, while Willie Maddren was manager, and in 1986 he formed the consortium that saved the club from liquidation.

In 1994 he somewhat reluctantly succeeded Colin Henderson as club chairman. It was his vision that saw Boro leave Ayresome Park for the new all-seater Riverside Stadium in 1995. Steve's appointment of Bryan Robson as manager in May 1994 helped launch the Riverside Revolution that saw Boro leave behind 100 years of mediocrity and achieve three Wembley cup final appearances within 12 months during 1997 and 1998.

One of football's most popular chairman, the biggest cheer during Boro's 2004 Carling Cup final win over Bolton came when Steve's face 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. He is also managing director of international tank container services company Bulkhaul, which he began in his early 20s 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.

Chief Executive

AFTER a management career that has taken him to Panama and Switzerland, Neil initially joined the club in in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer.

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, and brings a wealth of experience to the club.

Neil, who is predominantly based at Rockliffe Park, is accountable for the day-to-day running of Middlesbrough Football Club, and works very closely with chairman Steve Gibson, and across all aspects of the business, including the football and recruitment side.

He says: "In Steve Gibson we have a solid Chairman, who is a lifelong supporter and steadfastly believes in MFC, the fans and the area. As the Chairman has frequently said, this football club exists for the supporters.

"We know we need to ensure this traditional bond is maintained and enhanced, while at the same time developing a successful club that people in our area can be proud of."

Non-Executive Director

SINCE Keith joined the club, Boro's profile has changed beyond all recognition.

A former local league footballer and a chartered accountant by profession, he names the move from Ayresome Park to the Riverside Stadium as one of the most significant events in his time at the club.

"Moving to the Riverside was the catalyst for everything we have achieved," he said.

Keith stood down from his role as Chief Executive on May 18 2011, becoming a Non-Executive Director on the board alongside Chairman Steve Gibson.

Chief Operating Officer

MARK was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer in March 2013, joining from Swiss-based global agri-business Syngenta Crop Protection AG.

With more than 25 years' experience in operations management, he has a proven track record in driving performance improvement within multi-functional teams.  
Mark is focusing on the ongoing development of MFC operations with the aim of further improving the club's service to supporters and other customers.