The Football Pools, an iconic Liverpool business, first started selling its coupons outside Old Trafford, home of fierce rivals Manchester United
On average we have a winner every 3 minutes
We have a presence in over 25 countries
The Football Pools is the UK’s favourite football gaming brand
Pools, or tote betting, is the most popular legal form of sports-based betting outside of the UK
The global pools market in football and horseracing is worth $80 billion
We donated £600 million to help fund major improvements in stadium safety across many clubs in the UK
The global gaming market is worth $350 billion and growing +5% year on year
Sportech is one of the leading suppliers and operators of pools/tote betting in the world
Sportech has launched a Joint Venture in India
The biggest ever Football Pools top prize was £4 million won in March 2010
The Football Pools is the world’s oldest football gaming company
Across North America, Sportech Racing has a 50% market share in horseracing pools
We have paid out over £3.2 billion in prize money to our customers
We are the exclusive operator of pools/tote betting on horseracing in the Netherlands
We are the leading provider of horseracing wagering solutions in North America with over 25,000 terminals
The Football Pools has over 360,000 players every week
We process over $13 billion in bets every year
Over the years we have donated over £1.3 billion to good causes
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Roger Withers, Non-executive Chairman, age 72 ^
Roger was appointed Chairman in February 2011. He has over 40 years’ experience in the leisure and gaming industries. He was appointed as Non-executive Chairman of AIM-listed Safecharge International Group Limited in March 2014 and has previously held a number of Non executive Directorships, including Chairman of Playtech Ltd, Chairman of Arena Leisure PLC and Executive Chairman of Bass Leisure South Africa. Roger has also held senior management and board positions in market leading companies including Ladbrokes, Bass, BLMS and Coral Racing, as well as Directorships with a number of substantial privately held companies in the property, technology, publishing and exhibitions sectors.
Ian Penrose, Chief Executive, age 49
Ian was appointed Chief Executive in October 2005 and has led the turnaround of
Cliff Baty, Chief Finance Officer, age 44
Cliff was appointed to the Board in May 2013 joining from Ladbrokes plc, where he held a number of senior finance roles including Finance Director of its eGaming and International businesses. Cliff was also a Director of Ladbrokes' Spanish retail betting joint venture since its inception in 2007 as well as Ladbrokes' businesses in Italy, South Africa and Asia. Cliff worked for Ladbrokes for seven years and prior to that was Group Financial Controller of Hilton Group plc. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, where he worked for ten years.
Rich Roberts, President of Digital, US , age 49
Rich was appointed as President of Digital in July 2014. He has over 20 years of game and gaming experience across senior business development and C-level positions. As Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Slingo, Inc. from 2010 to 2013, Rich led the three-year turnaround of the company to profitability and acquisition by Real Networks. At Real Networks, he was responsible for the Slingo Studio and Global Storefront businesses. During his tenure as CEO, Rich built Slingo into a global game brand with the top played Facebook game and iOS casino game with over 100 million total players on all game platforms. Prior to that, Rich was VP (Chief Revenue Officer) of Playfirst, Inc, and previously led Hasbro Interactive/Atari into the digital game industry.
Peter Williams, Senior Independent Non-executive Director, age 61 †*‡^
Peter was appointed Senior Independent Non-executive Director in February 2011. Peter is Chairman of boohoo.com plc, Jaeger and Mister Spex, an online retailer based in Berlin. He is also a non-executive Director of Rightmove plc and Cineworld Group plc; and a trustee of the Design Council. In the past he has also served on the boards of ASOS plc, the EMI group, Silverstone Holdings Limited, Blacks Leisure Group plc, JJB Sports plc, GCap Media plc and Capital Radio Group plc. In his executive career, he was Chief Executive at Alpha Group plc and prior to that Chief Executive of Selfridges plc where he also acted as Chief Financial Officer for over ten years.
David McKeith, Non-executive Director, age 63 †*^
David was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-executive Director in August 2011 and chairs the Audit Committee. He has around 30 years’ experience as a chartered accountant and tax adviser in large professional firms, latterly as office senior partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Manchester. Since 2008 he has developed a portfolio of non-executive roles. He is chairman of the Halle Orchestra and of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. In July 2013 he was appointed as a Non-executive Director of Norcros PLC, where he is Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman.
* Audit Committee
^ Nomination Committee
† Remuneration Committee
‡ Senior Non-executive Director