Chelsea Foundation

Foundation Trustees

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, five 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 has 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 former managing partner in Europe for the US law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom where his work included 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

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.

Emma Hayes was appointed manager of Chelsea Ladies in June 2012, replacing Matt Beard after his three years in charge, and succeeding in leading the team to Women's FA Cup for the first time in 2015, quickly following it with the Women's Super League title to complete a historic and memorable double. She was the only female manager in that league and the previous season her side had finished close runners-up, thereby qualifying for the Women's Champions League for the first time.

Hayes's career in management spans over a decade and she earned huge plaudits after leaving her native North London for successful spells in America.

Hayes served as assistant first team coach at Arsenal Ladies, as the Gunners achieved unprecedented success, winning 11 major trophies during a three-season spell in north London, including three Women's Premier League titles, three FA Women's Cups and the UEFA Women's Cup crown.

Hayes was made an MBE in the Queen's 90th birthday honours list in June 2016 and was presented with it the following December.

She has led Chelsea to another trophy, the WSL Spring Series title in the first half of 2017, and in October that year she signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract. In 2018 the league and cup Double was repeated and her side reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. 

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.

Chelsea FC Director of Finance

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.