Kick It Out has announced Tony Burnett will become the organisations next chief executive officer, from 1 February, 2021.
Burnett will join Kick It Out upon stepping down from his role within West Midlands Police, where he has acted as assistant director for diversity and inclusion since 2018.
His other previous roles include head of diversity and inclusion at Lloyds Banking Group and European Diversity Manager at Ford Motoring Company. Burnett has eight years of experience as a diversity and inclusion consultant, where he supported major public and private sector organisations across the UK, Ireland and Africa.
“As an avid football fan, I have been aware of the work of Kick It Out for a long time now and have always been passionate about the cause they represent," said Burnett on his appointment.
"Football should be a game where everyone feels they belong, and we must continue to work hard to make that a reality. I’m really looking forward to getting started and helping to lead this organisation forward over the coming years.”
Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out Chair, added: “We are absolutely delighted that Tony has agreed to become our new CEO. Tony brings a crucial blend of experience from the pitch and from the boardroom.
“Tony’s experience as a young player and as a coach will resonate with many of the people we represent. He has experienced what they are experiencing. His track record of driving change as a diversity and inclusion professional, demonstrates that he can translate that experience into meaningful change.
“I am looking forward to working with Tony, delivering our new strategy and being a galvanising force for inclusive change in football.”
Author: Jake Wilkin