The SD Europe advisory board consists of a number of talented individuals that offer their advice, skills and experience to the organisation across a broad range of topics and sectors.
Kat is a human rights lawyer with over a decade of hands-on experience advising clients how to improve their lives and the lives of others, and another decade of strategic social change experience. She has won various awards for her work, and has been a charity director, trustee and consultant, advising on a range of issues including strategy, human resources, fundraising and communications.
Kat holds a postgraduate Executive Certificate in Sports Philanthropy from George Washington University and a first class Postgraduate Degree in Law. She regularly appears on national and international media, including BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 News, the Today programme and CNN and writes for various print outlets. Kat left the law to start the organisation Athlead because she believes that athletes have a unique power to change the world and that the world is in desperate need of changing.
William Gaillard is a Senior Advisory at leading global public relations and communications firm, Burson-Marsteller Europe (Young and Rubicam, WPP Group). A native of France, he was appointed the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at UEFA in 2003, later becoming Senior Advisor to the President of Uefa at the time, Michel Platini.
Born and raised in Paris, William was educated at Sciences Po Paris, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Geneva Development Institute and at Harvard University. In addition to sport, William has held a number of top management positions in public affairs, external relations and communications including the European Commission, the United Nations and the International Air Transport Association.
William is also a member of the Executive Board of Fare (Football Against Racism in Europe) and of the Executive Board of Sport et Citoyenneté (Paris).
Zenon is the Editorial officer at the European Investment Fund (EIF) in Luxembourg, having previously amassed over 10 years’ experience in Brussels as public policy officer in all three EU institutions (Commission, European Parliament and Council). He has expertise in health, regional policy, youth and sport policy and was a Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou for four years.
In his spare time, Zenon founded the BXL Euroleague, an amateur football league based around the European institutions in Brussels, and is also involved with the APOEL supporters trust in Cyprus.
A former board member and General Manager at FC United of Manchester, Andy helped establish FC United as a successful semi-professional non-league football club. With over 5,000 co-owners and more than 2,000 season ticket holders, FC United became the largest supporter-owned football club in the UK. The club won four promotions and awards for its community work and its cooperative excellence.
Working closely with the club’s elected board, he led the project to finance and develop FC United’s award-winning new stadium and community facility at Broadhurst Park in Manchester. Working in partnership with Manchester City Council and public bodies the finance for the build came from a ground-breaking Community Share Scheme and other social financing initiatives, which saw supporters raise half of the new ground’s £6.5m cost.
Katarzyna, known informally as Kasia, is Head of Office and Parliamentary Adviser to the former Polish footballer Tomasz Frankowski MEP. She has over 11 years’ experience working in the European Parliament in Brussels and follows the Culture, Education and Sport Committee.
Katarzyna is also the coordinator of the Sports Group in the European Parliament, which gathers MEPs from across the political spectrum and provides an ideal space for more focused collaboration on sport policy with the European Commission, leagues, federations, associations, NGOs and other stakeholders from the sport sector. Currently she is completing an Executive Master in Sport Governance (MESGO).
In her free time, Katarzyna is a keen basketballer and follows her favourite football clubs ŁKS Łódź and Tottenham Hotspur.
Mike was a board member of Cork City FC until early 2019, and has been involved in the Irish Supporters Network (ISN), the national supporter organisation for member-run clubs and supporter organisations that are or want to be involved in the ownership and running of their club. He has also been involved in SD Europe’s previous Erasmus+ funded project and therefore fully understands his role as a member of this Advisory Group.
Having 20+ years experience as a trainer, and holding the ‘Train the Trainer’ level six certificate, awarded by the ‘Further Education and Training Awards Council’, Mike provides consultation to multinational organisations on how best to implement the ‘blended approach’ to learning, whilst ensuring that their employees always have access to definitive materials and subject-matter experts.
Shay has been working with SD Europe since 2008. He is one of the founders of Israfans – the Israeli umbrella organisation for supporters trusts and community-owned clubs, and currently chairs the organisation. Shay was previously a board member and chair of Halev Hayarok – the supporters trust of Hapoel Kfar Saba that holds 10% of the club’s shares.
The Israeli court ruled in favour of Israfans in their suit against the Israeli Football Association in 2017 and instructed the latter to operate with full transparency. Israfans is also playing a supporting role in campaigns carried out by nine community-owned member clubs across Israel.
When not dealing with football matters, Shay works as political consultant, offering special internships in community organising and mobilisation campaigns.
Shay has stepped down from the organisation’s Board to the Advisory Board so he can contribute to the Fans Matter! project.