Graham Starmer: Experienced football academy business leader

With more than 20 years of experience in the football industry, Graham Starmer has developed a broad set of skills from running multiple businesses and offers expertise in governance, operations, strategic planning, forecasting, and growth management.

He founded in 2000 with former Newcastle United vice chairman Peter Mallinger, which later developed into the first private international football academy in the UK – FCV International Football Academy – creating career opportunities for aspiring footballers across the world throughout the last 15 years.

During that period, Starmer was co-owner and vice chairman at Corby Town as it transitioned to a new stadium, providing the platform for financial stability and progress in the National League North and FA Cup before selling the club in 2012.

In 2022, he exited FCV Academy after supporting its move from Stamford to the 66-acre Grace Dieu Manor Park in Leicestershire, where he continues to act as a consultant as the academy settles into its new home.

Now available to apply his expert knowledge from the last 20 years of growing academic and football pathways to your football business, you can contact Graham by emailing