Verity in contention for Premier League chief executive role

Sir Gary Verity is in contention to become the new chief executive of football’s English Premier League, according to multiple reports.

Verity currently serves as chief executive of the Welcome to Yorkshire tourism agency and was responsible for taking the Tour de France cycling event to the region in 2014.

Verity has also helped set up the annual Tour de Yorkshire cycling race. He was knighted in 2015 for services to tourism following the success of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart the previous year.

The Premier League is seeking a new chief executive after Richard Scudamore stepped down from the role at the end of 2018. Discovery Communications’ Susanna Dinnage had been poised to take over from Scudamore but ultimately opted to remain with her current employer.

Tim Davie, chief executive of BBC Studios, has also turned down the position and the Yorkshire Post newspaper has now reported that Verity is on a new list of candidates that also includes UKTV chief executive Darren Childs and YouView boss Richard Halton.