Robert Elstone

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Robert Elstone
Robert Colin Elstone

(1964-02-06) 6 February 1964 (age 55)
Alma materUniversity of Hull
OccupationBusinessman, accountant
Spouse(s)Catherine Elstone
ChildrenFergus, Michael, Niamh Elstone

Robert Colin Elstone (born 6 February 1964) is a British businessman.

He attended the University of Hull and is a qualified accountant. He was originally a financial controller at a Barnsley-based lead-processing plant but later became an Executive Assistant at the Rugby Football League. He is the brother-in-law of football manager Mick McCarthy.[1]


At Deloitte Touche, a company he joined in the mid-1990s, Elstone acted as an advisor to leagues, clubs and sports-related organisations on a range of strategic and commercial activities.

He was involved in the creation and branding of both the Scottish Premier League and the Super League and at the time said: "We worked on the formation of the SPL from cradle to the grave, it was long and ground-breaking, and very rewarding.

He moved to BSkyB as a Director of Football Business Affairs in 2000 and worked closely with a number of Premier League clubs following Sky's acquisition of equity in four leading clubs. In 2004, he returned to Deloitte Touche as a director.[2]

Castleford Tigers[edit]

Whilst at his favoured Castleford Tigers, Elstone oversaw the club's preparatory work towards relocation to a new stadium.[3]

He resigned from his position in January 2007 citing family reasons. He said: "I have been very conscious of the declining commitment I have been able to give to the Club over the past 12 months. The combination of a demanding job, a young family and the simple fact of where I live means that I cannot fulfil my duties to the level they demand. As a lifelong fan, I have felt incredibly privileged to serve the Club in such an important capacity over the past few years. However, I have to say, after a long time away, I'm really looking forward to going back into the Wheldon Road End and becoming a proper fan again. "[4][5]

Everton Football Club[edit]

Elstone joined Everton as deputy to Keith Wyness in June 2005. As Deputy CEO it was his responsibility to assist in "developing an efficient organisational structure, securing and empowering a strong management team, ensuring appropriate levels of financial reporting and accountability, delivering commercial growth, principally via filling the stadium at higher yields and securing new sponsors".[6] He is responsible for the negotiation of the club's long-standing sponsorship deal with Chang.

He was appointed as Acting chief executive officer on 5 August 2008 following the resignation of Wyness. On 22 January 2009 he was appointed as CEO on a permanent basis. Upon his appointment he said: "This is a big job – one of the biggest in world football – but I can promise all Evertonians that I will work tirelessly for the cause."[7]

In March 2016 he was appointed to the Everton Football Club board.[8] Elstone left Everton in June 2017, having taken the role of Chief Executive of Super League.

Elstone’s employment as a Director was terminated by Everton on 1 June 2018.

Business positions
Preceded by
Keith Wyness
CEO of Everton F.C.
Succeeded by
Denise Barrett-Baxendale


  1. ^ "Family feud brewing over Everton & Belgian FA's Marouane Fellaini row". Liverpool Echo. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Second Spell in the City". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  3. ^ "New Stadium Plans?". Retrieved 15 February 2009.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Robert Elstone Resigns". Retrieved 15 February 2009.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Robert Elstone Leaves". Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Proof of Evidence" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Elstone Appointed CEO". Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Everton name Robert Elstone and Alexander Ryazantsev on board of directors following investment from Farhad Moshiri". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2 November 2016.

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