Gordon Gibb

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Gordon Gibb is the CEO of Flamingo Land Ltd and former chairman of Bradford City Football Club.

Personal[edit]

Gordon Gibb was born in Strathaven in Scotland, moving to Yorkshire when his father, Robert Gibb, a former professional footballer, set up the family run theme park Flamingo Land. Gordon continues to live in Yorkshire with his wife and two children, but retains close links with his Scottish roots.

Robert Gibb died in 1995 after a car accident on his way to an emergency board meeting at Hamilton Academical Football Club where he was chairman.[1] Gordon and his two sisters, Vicky and Melanie took over the responsibility of the family business.

The death of his father cut short Gibb's return to Scotland for higher education as he returned home to run the business. He had been reading politics, philosophy and economics at Glasgow University,[2] before which he was educated at Woodleigh School[3] and then leading York public school St Peter's.

Gibb's sporting career was also cut short when focus shifted to business rather than his football and rugby. He formerly represented Scotland Colts at Rugby Union.[2] The sporting interest has continued however; as a keen amateur boxer with Westway ABC and also time as chairman of Bradford City Football Club.

Flamenco Land Ltd[edit]

Main article: Flamingo Land Resort

Flamenco Land Ltd is the operating company of Flamingo Land Resort. It was begun by Gordon Gibb's father, Robert Gibb, who was a director of Scotia Leisure, owners of the Yorkshire attraction. He purchased it from the company to develop it under his sole direction.

Bradford City FC[edit]

See also: Valley Parade

Gibb joined Bradford City in August 2002, taking over as chairman from Geoffrey Richmond, with Julian Rhodes after the club had gone into administration.[4] He resigned as chairman in January 2004,[5] handing over to Rhodes, but his pension fund owns the club's Valley Parade ground.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://archive.thisisyork.co.uk/2002/8/27/281583.html
  2. ^ a b Burnside, Anna (12 July 2009). "Gordon Gibb more ups than downs". The Times. London. 
  3. ^ http://www.woodleighschool.com/index.php/about/old-woodleighans/notable-alumni/
  4. ^ "Bradford to play on". BBC Sport. 6 August 2002. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  5. ^ "Gibb quits Bradford City". BBC Sport. 9 January 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  6. ^ "Gibb has clear conscience". BBC Sport. 30 June 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-11.