Mark Sutcliffe is the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Football Association. He will be speaking at the iGaming Asia Congress on 13-15 March 2018 in Macau. Download the full programme. Limited seats available. Book now!
Mark has a first degree and post-graduate diploma (Loughborough University UK), both in sports and leisure management. He started his career as a Physical Education teacher followed by 25 years working in the UK sports and leisure industry firstly in public sector sports and leisure management and later as owner and Chairman of Strategic Leisure Limited, (one of the UK’s foremost sports consultancies).
In 2009 Mark was appointed by the HKSAR Government to prepare the Football Development Strategy ‘Dare to Dream’ and in 2011 was the principal author of ‘Project Phoenix’, the plan to transform football in Hong Kong. In 2012 he moved to Hong Kong to become the CEO of the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) and to take responsibility for the implementation of the new strategy. He has been at the HKFA for over five years now and during that time the organisation is acknowledged to have made significant improvements both on and off the pitch. Mark has made particular efforts to ‘clean-up’ the sport and has placed integrity at the top of the agenda for change.
Mark has a passion for sport and has coaching qualifications in five sports. In his younger days he was competitive in swimming, football, cricket and squash but in recent times his energies have been channelled into other activities such as golf and outdoor pursuits. Mark was a crew member in the 2005/06 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and he has climbed mountains in the UK, the Alps and Himalayas. He is a PADI Advanced diver. In a charity fundraising event he once participated in 82 different sports over three days – a feat described as ‘unique’ by the Guinness Book of Records.