Foundation Trustees

Chairman Bruce Buck 

Born in New York and educated at Colgate University and Columbia University School of Law, Bruce Buck has been a Chelsea supporter since coming to London in 1983 and a season ticket holder since 1991. He is a shareholder in Chelsea Limited, the ultimate owner of the club, and the company used by Roman Abramovich for the takeover in 2003.

During his chairmanship of Chelsea, the club has enjoyed the most successful period in our history with the winning of five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Europa League and, for the first time by a team from the city he has made his home, the Champions League. 

However as well as working on the development of the club into a major player on the world football stage, Buck also devoted energy to the club's history with the founding of the Past Players' Trust which raises money for former players and staff in need of medical or financial assistance.

Away from Chelsea, Buck is the managing partner in Europe for the US law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom where his work includes a broad range of mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

In 2012 he was named in The Times list of the UK's most influential lawyers. He was also named one of the two most high-profile lawyers in the UK by The Lawyer in 2009.

Trustees appear in alphabetical order

Chris Alexander

Trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse and has 20 years financial experience in different industries. Prior to joining Chelsea in March 2003 he worked in France as the FD of a construction related business where he completed an MBA at one of Europe's leading business schools.


John Devine

John is a partner and Head of the Sports Team at law firm, Muckle LLP.  He works with athletes, clubs, sporting organisations and national governing bodies across the sports sector, including in particular football, rugby union, rugby league, cricket, basketball, ice hockey and boxing. 

John has a keen interest in CSR in sport and has advised many of the clubs in the Premier League and Football League on their approach to community sports and education matters. He also assists The Professional Footballers' Association on the establishment of charitable foundations by individual players.

John is a keen amateur footballer and cyclist. 


Michael Emenalo

Michael Emenalo is an integral figure in the Chelsea setup, working closely with the first-team manager, leading the club’s recruitment and scouting structure and helping to drive the technical programmes both of our Academy and international youth network.

Emenalo’s varied playing career set him up perfectly for a job in the game after he had hung up his boots. Having played in several countries and across the footballing spectrum, from the Spanish second tier to marking Roberto Baggio and Diego Maradona at the 1994 World Cup, he knows the game inside out.

After arriving at Chelsea in 2007, Emenalo worked as chief opposition scout and assistant first-team coach before progressing to his current role as technical director. In his time here, the club has won the Champions League, two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the Football League Cup and the Europa League.


Piara Powar 

A long-standing campaigner for equality Piara is a former Chief Executive of Kick It Out and is the current executive director of anti-discrimination and social inclusion network, FARE. The organisation specialise in countering inequality and exclusion in football through co-ordinated action and common efforts.

Sir Hugh Robertson

Lifelong Chelsea fan Sir Hugh joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.  Sir Hugh is the vice-chair of the British Olympic Association and former Minister for the Olympics, where he oversaw the day-to-day preparations and delivery of The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was also the Minister for Sport during an unprecedented period of national sporting success, including the medal haul at London 2012. 

Before entering Parliament, Sir Hugh was an officer in The Life Guards. He then spent 14 years as the Member of Parliament for Faversham and Mid Kent. During that time he held various positions within Government including Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Minister for Sport.

Emma Wilkinson 

Emma Wilkinson, Chelsea Football Club’s Head of Communications and Community Affairs, is responsible for the club’s extensive media platforms, communications strategies and its award-winning and wide-reaching charity and community work through the Chelsea Foundation.

The former international swimmer has a journalism background and was the Sports News Editor for The Evening Standard in London before joining Chelsea FC in 2005.