Ian Maxwell appointed Scottish FA chief executive

Ian Maxwell appointed Scottish FA chief executive

Press Association 

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) has appointed Ian Maxwell as its new chief executive.

The 42-year-old joins Scotland’s soccer governing body from Scottish Premiership club Partick Thistle, where he currently serves as managing director.

Maxwell takes up his new position on 21st May, replacing Stewart Regan, who resigned three months ago.

Maxwell formerly played for Scottish Premiership sides Queen’s Park, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren (who were relegated to Scottish club soccer’s second tier in 2014/15) and Partick Thistle during his soccer career.

He also served as assistant manager and general manager at Thistle before becoming the club's managing director in 2014.

Maxwell has also served on the boards of the SFA and the Scottish Professional Football League.

Alan McRae, president of the SFA, said: “Ian will bring a huge amount of football knowledge to the role. He has built up a terrific reputation in the industry and is respected across the game.

“Ian emerged from a robust recruitment process which attracted interest from a range of candidates across the UK and beyond. We were convinced that Ian's track record, communication skills and leadership qualities will allow him to grasp the challenges of today and fulfil our potential as an association and as a footballing nation in the future.”

Maxwell added: “This is a very proud moment for myself and my family. Scottish football has been my life, from playing to coaching and on to managing a club. I am hugely excited about the role and facing into the big issues that we will need to tackle.

“The game means so much, to so many in this country. I will work tirelessly to serve all our members, support and lead the Scottish FA's staff and help bring everyone together to shape a better future for Scottish football.”