Chris French Appointed New CEO

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris French as our new CEO.

As we prepare for the departure of Chief Executive, Paul Morrison, we are thrilled to be in a position to announce the appointment of his replacement.

Chris French will be responsible and accountable for the day-to-day running of Devon FA and its facilities, and to spearhead the strategic direction and culture of the organisation, as well as to act as an ambassador for grassroots football.

Paul Morrison has said: “I’m looking forward to my retirement and I’m delighted that Chris will be leading the County as our new Chief Executive Officer. Chris has worked hard with me for many years now and has a wonderful opportunity with a great team of Staff and Directors to maintain delivering a good service to the Devon FA Football Family. I wish him all the best in his new role.”

John Street, the Chair of Devon FA helped to oversee the recruitment of Chris French as CEO along with our FA Regional Manager, Leigh O’Connor and Devon FA Director, Emma Reed.

John Street said: “Following a rigorous recruitment process, which included some excellent candidates, I am delighted that we have appointed Chris as our new CEO. The interviewing panel was particularly impressed by Chris' overwhelming enthusiasm to build on the successes to date, and to continue to improve the game of football in Devon, ensuring that it is accessible and enjoyable for all parts of the County's community. I look forward to working alongside Chris to achieve this."

As Chris begins to prepare to move into his new role, we spoke to him to get his thoughts following the appointment, here's what he had to say: “I am delighted to be appointed into this important role within the County and taking the next step in my career at Devon FA.  We have an excellent team of staff and grassroots volunteers across the County who all work tirelessly to deliver the game for all week in week out.  I'm really looking forward to leading the County and working together with all our stakeholders to continue to enhance lives through football."