Andy Westlake appointed ESA’s new Chairman

The European Sponsorship Association (ESA) is delighted to announce that Andy Westlake has been elected Chairman after Karen Earl’s 10 years in office came to a close in July this year. 

As a founding member of the Association with 50 years’ experience in the sponsorship industry to her name, Karen will be a tough act to follow, but she believes that Andy is more than up to the challenge: “I am delighted that Andy has been elected ESA's new Chairman, and feel that the Association is in safe hands with him at the helm. Andy will be terrific and will be able to use his 20 plus years’ experience in the industry to continue moving ESA forward. I wish him all the very best in his new role.” 

As ESA Chairman, Andy will be the Association’s figurehead and spokesperson, working with the other ESA Board Directors and the ESA Secretariat to ensure active growth and participation in the industry, while maintaining ESA’s position as a strong voice and thought leader in the sponsorship community. He will hold the role of Chairman for a maximum of two terms and is looking forward to taking on this new challenge: "I’m absolutely thrilled to be given the confidence of the ESA Board to take this role on. I have very big shoes to fill, but I know that as our industry evolves and the role of sponsorship and partnerships grows, that we have a great team in the office, supported by an amazingly diverse and talented Board, that will ensure that ESA continues to drive our industry forward.”

Andy has worked in the sponsorship industry for over 25 years, until recently holding the role of CEO at Fast Track, part of global Sports and Entertainment Group CSM, before establishing his own firm Westlake Consulting. He has a passion for the power that partnerships in sport and beyond can offer to brands. He’s been on the ESA Board for three years and also sits as a non-Executive Director of British Universities & Colleges Sport. 

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