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 three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two 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.

 

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.

 

Alan Shaw

Joined Chelsea in 1993. Has a wide range of business knowledge, having run legal, construction, HR, customer services and planning teams through a variety of projects in differing organisations from retail to engineering , merchant banking and professional football. Interests include tennis, horse racing and cinema.

 

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. 

 

Graeme Le Saux

Graeme started his career at St Paul’s (Jersey) and moved to Chelsea Football Club in 1987. In 1993 he switched to Blackburn Rovers where he won the 1995 Premier League title.  In August 1997 Graeme returned to Chelsea and remained there for six seasons before moving to Southampton Football Club.

He made his England debut in a 1994 friendly against Denmark going on to represent his country 36 times, scoring once, a memorable goal against Brazil in the Umbro Cup, while he also played in the 1998 World Cup in France, starting all four of England’s games.

During an 18-year career Graeme played 484 competitive games in the top flight, with 312 of those in a Chelsea shirt, winning the Premier League, European Cup Winners Cup, European Super Cup, the League Cup and FA Cup.

Following his retirement from professional football Graeme has forged a successful TV and radio career and currently works as a co-commentator for the U.S.-based NBC Sports Network.

Graeme is a passionate supporter of all aspects of the development of sport as a force of good in our communities and is a member of the Football Association’s Football Regulatory Authority and Inclusion Advisory boards. He is also an ambassador for the Premier League and the Football Foundation.

 

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.

 

Piara Powar 

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