Consello Strive UK appoints Gary Neville as Chairman

Gary Neville, assistant manager for the England national football team, walks on before FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier game against Ukraine at NSC Olympic stadium.
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The Consello Group has appointed Manchester United icon and sports media personality Gary Neville as the Chairman of Consello Strive’s UK business.

Neville, appointed as Chairman of Consello Strive UK, is tasked with spearheading the company’s efforts to expand its presence in the UK. His role involves enhancing the footprint of Strive in the market, building upon the company’s existing financial advisory services and other offerings since establishing its offices and presence in London last year.

Launched in January, Consello Strive serves as a multifaceted platform offering advisory, investment, intellectual property and content management, as well as leadership development services. 

Declan Kelly, Chairman and CEO of Consello, said: “Gary is a born leader, world class athlete and successful entrepreneur who takes a self-described relentless approach to all of his professional and personal pursuits. 

“We are thrilled to have him join our team and to help us further build out our presence in the UK in the months and years ahead. We will also be working directly with Gary to expand his business interests in the US and other regions, further building on the very successful career he has developed both inside and outside of football over the last number of years.”

Since stepping away from professional football, Neville has maintained a significant presence in the European sports scene, with his endeavours as a broadcaster, coach, co-owner of Salford City and as an entrepreneur. 

Neville has established businesses spanning various sectors, including media, hospitality, real estate development, and higher education, under his Relentless Group umbrella.

Neville commented: “I’m delighted to join Consello and play a prominent role in the Firm’s thriving business. Having worked in professional sports, media and entertainment for more than 30 years, I’ve seen firsthand how this world is evolving through technological innovation, content globalisation, and the increasing role of institutional investment.”

In addition to engaging in co-investments alongside their partners, the leaders at Strive leverage their extensive industry knowledge and networks to offer guidance to clients.

As a partner of the firm, the former Manchester United footballer will join the likes of seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, NBA Basketball Hall of Famer Pau Gasol, former President and CEO of WW International Mindy Grossman, and Uber Co-Founder Oscar Salazar.

“Strive has assembled an exceptional team that is uniquely well-positioned to help corporations, leagues, teams and brands navigate these dynamic industries and reach their full potential,” Neville added.

Neville’s former club Manchester United made waves in the payments space last year, after it announced a multi-year global partnership with Online trading platform Doo Group.

Janey Whiteside, Consello Partner and CEO of Consello Growth and Business Development, said: “As we sought out individuals with the track record and tenacity to scale Strive’s operations, Gary stood out as an ideal representation of our Firm’s vision, values and multi-discipline expertise. 

“He has created a legacy in the world’s most popular sport and successfully transitioned into various other content creation, investing and operating endeavours.”