Meet The Board Members
Melvin Benn is Chief Executive of Festival Republic, the foremost UK music festival company which owns and runs the Reading, Leeds and Latitude Festivals. Festival Republic also promotes festivals in Norway and Ireland.
Benn helped save Glastonbury Festival’s license in 2001, subsequently becoming a director of the festival for over a decade until recently relinquishing the role.
Born in Hull, East Yorkshire, he created The Festival Office Ltd in 1989 to create and produce festivals for the Mean Fiddler Music Group. In the same year the Mean Fiddler took over the Reading Festival.
Benn joined the Wembley Stadium Board in July 2008 and was appointed Chairman in May 2011.
Philip qualified as a Management Accountant in 1973. He has been Chairman of Burnden Leisure plc, the parent company of Bolton Wanderers FC, since 2000. He is also the Executive Chairman of Locker Group Pty Limited, an engineering group based in Australia.
He became a director of BWFC in 1989 and Chairman in 1999. Philip joined the Wembley Stadium Board in February 2005 and is also an Executive Board Member of The FA and a member of the FA Cup Committee.
Alex Horne was appointed General Secretary of The FA Group in May 2010 as the leading executive officer for The FA and all the subsidiary companies in The FA Group.
As The FA's Chief Operating Officer from July 2008 to May 2010, he was responsible for the delivery of all Corporate Services across The FA Group structure, including finance. He was also the executive lead on the St George's Park development.
As Managing Director of Wembley Stadium from December 2006 to July 2008, Horne was responsible for the delivery of the Stadium’s events and all areas of its day to day operation after ensuring a smooth handover from Stadium constructors Multiplex.
Prior to joining The FA in 2003 as Finance Director, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising in business improvement and corporate turnaround assignments.
Roger Maslin joined Wembley Stadium as Finance Director in February 1999 handling the acquisition of the Stadium from Wembley plc and developing the business plans to fund the new Stadium.
Maslin played a leading role in negotiating the terms of the bank loans to build the Stadium, in reaching the settlement deal with Stadium contractors, Multiplex and in the successful opening of the new Stadium and development of its commercial properties.
He was appointed Managing Director in August 2009 and previously was the Finance Director of United Distillers in Mexico and Finance Director of European and Global Duty Free in Hamburg.
Scott became involved in the stadium in 2004 as an advisor to The FA. He played a key role in the commercial negotiations that resulted in the financial settlement with Multiplex that facilitated the stadium being handed by the contractor at practical completion on 9 March 2007.
Scott is a Chartered Accountant who retired from Ernst & Young at the end of 2003 having spent 32 years at the firm, the last 17 years as a partner specialising in corporate restructuring activities. In 2001, at the request of government, he was appointed one of the Special Railway Administrators of Railtrack plc. He provides commercial support to large corporate organisations through his consultancy practice.
Gwyn brings over 15 years experience at Board level in an executive capacity and over 8 years in a non executive capacity. Her experience has been gained primarily in the retail industry where she has developed a very strong customer focus.
Gwyn began her career with Rowntree Macintosh, before starting her 13 year association with Asda. After 8 years at Asda she was appointed to the Board first as Marketing Director before moving to Customer Service Director and later to Retail Managing Director North with full P&L responsibility. Gwyn went on to found the Resultant Team Ltd, a retail consultancy specialising in strategy , internal communication and execution. In 2004 the company was commissioned by Sainsbury’s to develop and implement their turnaround programme. As part of this, Gwyn was given the responsibility of setting up and running the Customer Services Division and was invited to joining the Board in 2005 as Customer Service and Colleague Director, a post she has held since.
In her non executive capacity, Gwyn is a director of the Financial Ombudsman Service , Sainsbury’s Bank and Chair of the Community Investment Team within Business in the Community.
Coline has over 20 years experience both at board level as an NED and in an executive capacity.
Coline graduated in law and furthered her education with an MBA from Harvard, before joining McKinsey & Co. After two years, Coline joined the More Group as Group Development Director to revitalise the business. The More Group was acquired by Clear Channel, whereupon Coline took the role of Chief Operating Officer before progressing to Chief Executive, Europe. Coline pioneered Clear Channel’s business interests in China and was responsible for all outdoor advertising operations outside the Americas, spanning 58 countries. After eight years, Coline joined Apax Partners as a European media advisor.
In her non executive capacity, Coline was a director of HBOS plc for nine years and Shed Media for one year. She is currently a non executive director of Tui Travel.
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