The FSE Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organisation. It includes 8 fan representatives from across Europe who are elected every two years at the organisation’s General Meeting. The Executive Director and directors of the on-topic divisions also sit on the Board.
The current elected members of the Board are: Hüseyin Emre Balli (1907 ÜNIFEB, Turkey); Pierre Barthélemy (Association Nationale des Supporters, France); Martha Gens (Associação Portuguesa de Defesa do Adepto (APDA), Portugal); Trond Larsen (Klanen, Norway); Katrina Law, (Football Supporters’ Association, England); Herjan Pullen (Supportersvereniging Ajax, Netherlands); Gregor Weinreich (Club Nr. 12, Germany); and Joe White (Three Lions Pride/Pride In Football, England).
The current appointed members of the Board are: Mark Doidge (Director, Anti-Discrimination Division, England); Sofia Bohlin (Director, Supporter Liaison Officer Division, Sweden) Paul Corkrey (Director, Fans’ Embassy Division, Wales); Ronan Evain (Executive Director, France); and Alan Russell (Director, Fan Ownership & Heritage Protection Division).
You can find out more about each Board member below.
Hüseyin Emre Balli
Hüseyin lives in Istanbul, Turkey, and is a Fenerbahçe fan. Until recently, he sat on the Board of 1907 ÜNIFEB, a Fenerbahçe fans’ group for students founded in 2001, which has regional branches across Turkey. Hüseyin was elected to the FSE Board at the 2017 European Football Fans Congress in Gent and Lokeren.
Pierre lives in Paris, France, and is a PSG fan. He is also an active member of French national fans’ organisation Association Nationale des Supporters (ANS). A lawyer by trade, Pierre has regularly used his expertise to challenge unfair and unlawful measures that target and/or impact fans in France and beyond, including away fan travel bans and stadium bans. He was elected to the FSE Board at the 2017 European Football Fans Congress in Gent and Lokeren.
Martha lives in Lisbon, Portugal, and is fan of Sporting CP. She is a lawyer and the chair of national fans’ organisation Associação Portuguesa de Defesa do Adepto (APDA). Martha has played a prominent role in efforts to overturn Portugal’s unpopular fan ID scheme. She was elected to the FSE Board at the 2019 European Football Fans Congress in Lisbon.
Trond lives in Oslo in Norway and is a fan of Vålerenga who he has supported home and away for decades. He is an active member of Klanen, an independent supporters association of the club, one that is the largest of its kind in Norway. Trond has served for six years on the board of Klanen. He was elected to the FSE Board at the 2023 European Football Fans Congress in Manchester.
Kat lives in Essex, England. She has supported Tottenham Hotspur home and away for over 40 years and co-chaired the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust for a decade until 2022. Kat sits on the Football Supporters’ Association’s National Council and works to better the experience for match-going fans across areas such as ticketing, safety, travel, facilities, and communications. Kat was elected to the FSE Board at the 2023 European Football Fans Congress in Manchester.
Herjan lives in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and is a fan of AFC Ajax. He is an active member and employee of Supportersvereniging Ajax, an independent group that has around 140,000 members, making it the largest fans’ association in the country. Herjan is also on the Board of the national fans’ organisation Supporterscollectief Nederland. He was elected to the FSE Board at the 2015 European Football Fans Congress in Belfast.
Gregor lives in Munich, Germany, and supports Bayern Munich. He has been a fan activist for more than 20 years and has been involved in countless fan campaigns and initiatives. Gregor is also a former chair of Club Nr. 12, the independent umbrella organisation for active Bayern fans. He was elected to the FSE Board at the 2019 European Football Fans Congress in Lisbon.
Joe lives in Leeds, England, and supports Arsenal. They are a lawyer by day and have been a human rights activist for 15 years alongside their work in fan activism for both Gay Gooners and Three Lions Pride since 2015. Joe has also worked on a number of initiatives through the work of Pride in Football, the UK’s LGBT+ fans umbrella network. They were elected to the FSE Board at the 2023 European Football Fans Congress in Manchester.
Ronan Evain – Executive Director
Ronan lives near Nantes, France, and is a fan of FC Nantes. Ronan was the coordinator of the ‘Fans’ Embassies at UEFA EURO 2016’ project. He was appointed as Executive Director of FSE in November 2016.
Paul Corkrey – Fans’ Embassies Division
Paul lives in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. He supports the Welsh national team and Cardiff City, where he recently took on the role of SLO. Paul is an active member of national fans’ organisation FSA Cymru and the organiser of the Wales Fans’ Embassy, which he has run for over 15 years. He was elected to the FSE Board at the 2017 European Football Fans Congress in Gent and Lokeren.
Sofia Bohlin – Supporter Liaison Officer Divison
Sofia lives in Gothenburg, Sweden. She supports IFK Göteborg. Sofia was the chair of the Swedish national supporters’ organisation, Svenska Fotbollssupporterunionen (SFSU), and SD Europe. She is also an active member of Göteborg supporters’ group Supporterklubben Änglarna. Sofia was elected to the FSE Board at the 2022 European Football Fans Congress in Frankfurt.
Mark Doidge – FSE Anti-Discrimination Division
Mark lives in Nottingham, England, and lis a fan of non-league club Whitehawk FC. He is a lecturer at Loughborough University, where he specialises in the political and social role of football fans. Mark also sits on the steering committee of the FSA’s Fans For Diversity initiative and the Inclusion Advisory Group for Sussex County FA. He has been the Director of the FSE Anti-Discrimination Division since 2015.
Alan Russell – Fan Ownership & Heritage Protection Division
Alan, a Raith Rovers supporter, lives in Scotland. He joined the Council of national supporters organisation Supporters Direct Scotland in 2017 and became its CEO in 2018. He has been on the board of Raith Supporters’ Trust since 2004, and his work on the SD Scotland Index has given supporters across Scotland greater insight into the ownership status of their clubs as well as their approach to transparency and supporter engagement.