Trevor Birch is a business restructuring partner with BDO. Trevor was a professional footballer initially with Liverpool, then Shrewsbury Town and Chester City before training to be an accountant.
He began his career at Arthur Young in Liverpool in 1983 and was promoted to partner in the firm, by then known as Ernst & Young, in 1993. He subsequently led the firm's Northern corporate recovery practice. Trevor left Ernst & Young in 2002 to become chief executive of Chelsea Football Club, where he brokered Roman Abramovich's £180 million takeover of the club.
After leaving Chelsea he undertook other quasi-restructuring roles in the football industry, serving as chief executive of Leeds United, Everton, Derby County and, most recently, Sheffield United. In 2005, Trevor returned to the accountancy profession as a corporate recovery partner at Deloitte. He subsequently joined FTI Consulting, where he co-led the launch and development of its Interim Management Practice in London. On leaving FTI, Trevor undertook a number of interim management and consultancy roles prior to joining Sportfive GmbH – Europe's largest football media and commercial rights agency – as chief operating officer and, subsequently, CEO.
Trevor is also part of BDO's respected Football Industry Group and was the joint administrator of Portsmouth FC. He was appointed joint administrator of Hearts FC in June 2013.