Trevor Birch is a business restructuring partner and Co-Head of the Sport Group at BDO LLP.
Trevor is one of only a few people who has combined a professional sports career with a professional business career. He played professional football for seven years before qualifying as a chartered accountant with a big four firm in 1986. He was promoted to partner in 1993 and led the firm's Northern corporate recovery practice.
In 2002 he was appointed chief executive of Chelsea Football Club, where he brokered Roman Abramovich's £180 million takeover. After leaving Chelsea he undertook other "hands-on" restructuring roles in the football industry, serving as chief executive of four other clubs.
More recently after senior roles at two major professional services firms he took the position of Chief Operating Officer of Hamburg based Sportfive Gmbh with €700m revenues and 500 employees and Europe's largest sports media-rights agency at the time having been bought by Lagardere, a French plc. Trevor oversaw the postacquisition operational restructuring of the group.
Throughout his career Trevor has worked in numerous advisory roles particularly within the sports industry. His experience of corporate side work, some of it high profile, leaves him well placed to advise Boards and lenders alike in stressed situations where stakeholder value needs to be maximised.
He joined BDO LLP in 2011 and recent assignments as Administrator of Portsmouth FC and Hearts FC have both resulted in successful restructuring and onward sales of the clubs.
More recently he has been working with various individuals and institutions interested in either acquisitions, disposals or financing of football clubs both in the UK and Europe.