National League chairman Brian Barwick to step down from role

The National League chairman Brian Barwick has notified the board he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2020-21 season.

Brian Barwick.
Brian Barwick.

It has been a difficult year for the National League board, and Mr Barwick, with some clubs currently attempting to put forward a vote of no confidence due to their handling of payments before the campaign was declared null and void.

Alfreton Town currently compete in the National League North.

Mr Barwick, 66, has enjoyed a long career which spanning more than 40 years, with senior roles in both major sports broadcasting organisations and high-profile sports governing bodies.

In December, the former Football Association chief executive was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List for services to sport and broadcasting.

“After careful consideration I formally told the National League board in February that I intended to step down at the end of the 2020/21 season," Mr Barwick said.

“I think it is the right time to relinquish the role - and give somebody else the great privilege of leading the organisation.

“Since 2015, I believe the competition has continued to grow in stature and profile, sent strong clubs up into the EFL and built up a formidable and loyal set of commercial and broadcast partnerships. Our 66 clubs remain the life-blood of our competition and a vital part of their local communities - and that’s what makes our League so special.”