Steve Dalton OBE, Managing Director of Sony UK TEC, has been appointed Independent Chair of the Football Association of Wales (FAW).
Having been an FAW non-executive director since 2014, Steve has already built a foundation of experience at the company. In his new role, he will seek to secure good corporate governance for the association, whilst ensuring the Executive Board is in full control of the company’s affairs.
This important governance reform and restructure, which has led to the creation of a FAW Executive Board, modernises and streamlines the way in which decisions are made on Welsh football and FAW business matters.
The new board comprises of 11 Directors whose role is to focus on the corporate and business leadership strategy of the association.
Having been a director at Sony UK TEC since 2003, and Managing Director since 2006, Steve has a wealth of experience at board level.
Alongside his role leading Sony UK TEC, Steve has demonstrated his passion for football throughout his career, having previously sat on the Executive Board of his local football club, Penybont FC, who joined the JD Cymru Premier this season. His further experience includes positions on the Welsh Government Industry Wales and Welsh Government Education Recovery boards.
Steve has seen a great deal of recognition for his achievements over the past year, being named IOD Wales Director of the Year and awarded an honorary fellowship at Cardiff Metropolitan University. This follows previous acknowledgements which include an OBE for services to industry in Wales in the 2011 New Year Honours List.
Reflecting on his appointment, Steve said: “I feel privileged to have been appointed Independent Chair of the Football Association of Wales. I have been involved with the FAW since 2014 and I see the current reforms and restructure as a pivotal part of the future of the sport. As a life-long football fan, I’m pleased I can use my business experience to play an active role in providing independence, impartiality and diversity to the board.”
The Football Association of Wales Chief Executive, Jonathan Ford said: “I am very pleased to announce the progressive changes we are making to develop and invest in our game in Wales. The significant advancements to the FAW’s governance structure will ensure decisions are made with the association’s shareholders in mind, which further aligns the FAW more effectively with the structures of FIFA and UEFA."