Newcastle United hire 'exceptional operator' in top role amid exciting St James' Park plans

Newcastle United have appointed Brad Miller as the club's new Chief Operating Officer [COO].

The new arrival brings with him 'an outstanding track record in both operational and developmental projects', according to Magpies Chief Executive Officer Darren Eales, which will no doubt come in handy as the north east outfit seek to transform St James' Park in the years to come.

Miller arrives at Newcastle after leaving infrastructure operator Ferrovial Vertiports. The new member of the St James' Park boardroom had been the Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa for the company since 2022.

Miller is a former chartered surveyor and has worked on major transformational projects over the years, including playing a part in delivering the £1.3bn renovation of Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 during his time at Manchester Airports Group. Miller has also held the position of managing director of East Midlands Airport and COO at London Stansted.

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The role will see Miller work closely with CEO Eales as he gets involved in a manner of departments on Tyneside, including internal facilities, ticketing and running the day-to-day business of the club. He will also lead the club’s capital investment strategy.

COO roles at Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea are held by unfamiliar faces Roel De Vries and Jason Gannon respectively, while Collette Roche fills the position at Manchester United. Roche arrived at Old Trafford after leaving her role as executive director for Manchester Airports Group in 2018 so will be familiar with Miller's work.

In a statement confirming the appointment, Newcastle CEO Eales said: “Brad is an exceptional operator and we are delighted to welcome him to the Newcastle United family. He brings with him an outstanding track record in both operational and developmental projects, and his creative, collaborative and strategic leadership will be a huge asset to us as we continue to strive for best-in-class in all that we do.”

Miller himself added: “I am looking forward to helping Newcastle United to move forward with its ambitious, sustainable development plans and to working alongside such dedicated and passionate people. It is an incredibly exciting and unique time for everyone involved with the club.”

Newcastle have grand plans to expand and transform St James' Park as they attempt to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for tickets. A new state of the art, 'best in class' club store is being built on-site and significant renovations are taking place behind the scenes over the summer.