Diversity and inclusion specialist Tony Burnett will become Kick It Out’s new chief executive from the start of next month, the anti-discrimination group has announced.
Burnett joins Kick It Out from West Midlands Police, where he served as the force’s assistant director for diversity and inclusion.
He replaces Roisin Wood, who stood down in October last year.
Tony Burnett has been appointed as the new CEO of anti-discrimination group Kick It Out
Burnett said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Burnett played football at semi-professional and amateur level, and has a UEFA B coaching licence.
Kick It Out chair Sanjay Bhandari 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.
The anti-discrimination group announced on Tuesday that Burnett, a former diversity and inclusion specialist for the West Midlands Police, will start the role from the start of next month
‘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.’
Earlier this month Kick It Out announced a three-year partnership with Sky Sports which will see the broadcaster provide £3million worth of support.