Our Team

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, project management, strategic planning, forecasting, and growth management.

He founded footballcv.com in 2000 with former Newcastle United vice chairman Peter Mallinger, which later developed into the first private international football academy in the UK in 2007 – FCV International Football Academy – creating career opportunities for aspiring footballers across the world throughout.

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 September 2022, he exited FCV Academy after supporting its move from Stamford to the 66-acre Grace Dieu Manor Park in Leicestershire.

Footballcv continues to work on various projects in the UK including delivering the LFE assessment trials working with the PFA, EFL and Premier League and also with various international partners.

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 gstarmer@footballcv.com.

Chris Rivett

Marketing and communications expert


An experienced marketing and communications expert, both in print and digital, Chris has been working in sport since 2001. After four years working in football at club level in England, he set up his first business in 2005 and has been navigating the constantly evolving landscape to deliver results for clients in Europe, North America, and Oceania ever since. During that time, he has been developing and executing strategy for national governing bodies, organisations, charities, sponsors, businesses, and clubs.

Once the youngest director of a football club in England, Chris is now the chairman of national league futsal club he co-founded, alongside other boardroom and advisory roles he holds within the industry.

Through all these experiences, Chris has a gained a unique and thorough knowledge of the industry from grassroots up to an elite level, and has a solid understanding of all the ingredients required to ensure well-executed partnerships benefit all parties.

What Our Customers Say

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