David Richard Sheepshanks CBE is the chairman of St George's Park, the Football Association's national football centre. He is best known for being the former chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club in the Football League Championship in England. He was elected to the Ipswich Town board in 1987 and was appointed chairman in 1995. Other business interests included Suffolk Foods Ltd which he founded with his brother Rick and was a majority shareholder.
During his time at Ipswich he oversaw promotion to the Premiership through the play off in 2000, two seasons in the UEFA Cup and a period of administration following relegation between February and May 2003. The club entered a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) to end the administration. The CVA ended successfully in 2006. During the club's sporting and financial difficulties some fans have called for David Sheepshanks to resign the chairmanship, primarily citing his continued failure to find new investment as a reason. In October 2007 it was announced that the club had secured a £44 million investment from Marcus Evans, and Sheepshanks would remain in post. The deal went ahead in December 2007, and a root and branch investigation by the new owner of how the club was run was initiated.
In 1997 he was appointed chairman of the Football League for two years where he helped with the re-structuring of the league. He has since been involved with other boards with the FA, UEFA and more recently FIFA. In February 2007 he was mooted as a possible leader of England's bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Sheepshanks is the founder Chairman of the ITFC Education and Sports Trust, a founder trustee of the Community Foundation for Suffolk, Patron of the Ipswich and East Suffolk branch of the Samaritans and President of the Ipswich Citizens Advice Bureau and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law by the Suffolk College.
On 1 July 2008 Sheepshanks stood down as chairman and took an unpaid non-executive role at the club.
On 16 May 2010, Sheepshanks was appointed joint acting chairman of the Football Association along with Roger Burden, following the resignation of Lord Triesman, before David Bernstein's permanent appointment in January 2011.
Sheepshanks oversaw the opening of St George's Park in October 2012. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to football and for charitable services in Suffolk.
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- Rick Sheepshanks - ESS Foods
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