Allan Gray Speaker Series Webinar : Tony Burnett

“Is Football Really a Game for All?” by Tony Burnett – Chief Executive: Kick it Out, UK . Discussing Diversity and Inclusion within football. What does it look like, what are the challenges and how they can be overcome.

When: 06 December 2022 19:00 - 20:00 (GMT+2)
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                                                                                             “Is Football Really a Game for All?” 

Football has often been described as a game for all. In 2010 FIFA, the world governing body made the decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a country where it is illegal to be gay, where modern slavery is widely practiced and where it would be impossible to hold a women’s world cup. Football can never be described as a game for all until it becomes inclusive, and that feels like a distant illusion.

We will discuss Diversity and Inclusion within football. What does it look like, what are the challenges and how they can be overcome.


We invite you to be part of the Allan Gray Speaker Series, bringing together individuals with an interest in re-scripting the orientation of organisational & societal life – to more closely reflect positive values which serve the common good, responsible leadership, clean living, inclusive and equitable spaces, embedding hope for the many and challenging the alienation and damage caused by self-serving decisions, actions and behaviours at all individual levels and within organisations.                               


Tony Burnett

Chief Executive | Kick it Out. UK
Tony Burnett is currently Chief Executive of Kick it Out. He is a very experienced business leader who has successfully supported many public and private sector organisations to effect lasting change. Tony has held senior Diversity and Inclusion positions with West Midlands Police where he was Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion, Lloyds Banking Group where he was Head of Diversity and Inclusion, and Ford Motor Company where he was European Diversity Manager. He also has eight years of experience as a Diversity and Inclusion consultant, during which he supported many major public and private sector organisations across the UK, Ireland and Africa. In addition to his Diversity experience, Tony has significant business leadership experience having worked for Greencore plc as a Business Unit Managing Director and Diageo plc in a Commercial leadership role as Trading Controller for UK Retail and latterly in the Human Resources function as Head of People Development. Tony holds a Masters degree in Management from Liverpool University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Leicester University. He is an enthusiastic leader within his local community where, for five years, he acted as Chair of the Octagon Theatre in Bolton and, as a qualified UEFA Football Coach, works with young people to develop their personal and sporting capabilities.