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COUNCIL FIGURES APPOINTED TO FOOTBALL LICENSING BODY

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Mervyn Sheldon, Tony Gee and Margaret Talbot were today appointed as new board members for the Football Licensing A...
Mervyn Sheldon, Tony Gee and Margaret Talbot were today appointed as new board members for the Football Licensing Authority, for three years until 28 August 1999, national heritage secretary Virginia Bottomley announced today.

Tony Gee was formerly chief executive of Huntingdonshire DC. He is a solicitor who has worked for numerous local authorities in a legal capacity and has a wide knowledge of local government administration.

Mervyn Sheldon was formerly chief fire officer of South Glamorgan Fire and Rescue Service. He has over 30 years experience working in various fire services throughout the United Kingdom.

Margaret Talbot is University Head of Sport at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is a former Ministerial Nominee on the Regional Sports and Recreation Council and has published numerous papers on sports policy and sports equity.

-- The Football Licensing Authority was created under the Football Spectators Act 1989. It is a non-departmental public body funded by grant-in-aid. The FLA is charged with ensuring the implementation of key recommendations concerning safety at football grounds.

In particular, the ensures that grounds of league clubs meet the government's all-seater and safe terracing requirements. It also keeps under review the manner in which local authorities carry out their responsibilities under the Sports Grounds Act 1975.

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