A former professional footballer himself, Birch will head up PKF’s corporate recovery and Insolvency team in London and joins the accountancy firm’s football industry group.
He said: “I have been impressed with the quality of PKF’s team and the practice’s vision for the future. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to cement the firm’s position as one of the industry leaders.”
An insolvency and restructuring specialist, Birch began his career at Arthur Young in Liverpool in 1983 and was promoted to partner in the firm, by then known as Ernst & Young, in 1993. He subsequently led the firm’s northern corporate recovery practice.
Birch left Ernst & Young in 2002 to become chief executive of Chelsea and subsequently played a pivotal role in Abramovich’s takeover.
After leaving Chelsea, he undertook other quasi-restructuring roles in the football industry, serving as chief executive of Leeds United, Everton, Derby County and, most recently, Sheffield United.
In 2005, he returned to the accountancy profession as a corporate recovery partner at Deloitte. He subsequently joined FTI Consulting, where he co-led the launch and development of its interim management practice in London.
On leaving FTI, Birch undertook a number of interim management and consultancy roles prior to joining Sportfive GmbH – Europe’s largest football media and commercial rights agency – as chief operating officer and, subsequently, chief executive.
Martin Goodchild, managing partner of PKF UK, said: “Trevor has a highly impressive track record in the corporate recovery arena and has been one of the most influential figures in the football industry over the past decade. We look forward to applying his considerable experience and expertise for the benefit of our clients.
“Trevor’s arrival further strengthens our successful corporate recovery practice and will help us to continue to expand the business in the future.”