Ivan Robba set to become new GFA General Secretary

Ivan Robba is set to take up the role of General Secretary for the Gibraltar Football Association, as one of a number of proposed changes by GFA President Michael Llamas QC.

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After an independent audit was undertaken on the GFA by Nicolaus Marshall, which concluded earlier last month, the current GFA President has proposed a restructure at the head of the administration of the GFA. The main part of that sees Robba take the role of General Secretary, while maintaining his role as Legal Director. Current General Secretary Dennis Beiso will assume a new role as Director of Strategy and International & Public Relations. Meanwhile, it is expected that current Vice President Ian Torrilla will now take on the role of Director of Operations, responsible, in particular, for managing the day-to-day operational affairs of the GFA.

There are a number of further changes as a result of the restructuring, including, but not limited to:

  • Charles Robba has decided that he will step down from his role as Finance Director of the GFA – who will now be recruiting for a new Finance Director. This is expected to take place by March 2020 at the latest.
  • The GFA will be looking to find new premises, and moving out of their current Irish Town premises. As part of the restructure, the move has been urged to be as cost neutral as possible, and is expected to be completed by next year.
  • During the trial period of this restructure (February to June 2020), key GFA members have been asked to identify internal cost savings that can be made as a result of the restructure. This may come from terminating the outsourcing of some work and from a review of the salary structure at the GFA.

An assessment of the restructure will take place in June 2020 by Mr Marshall, who does not work with UEFA or FIFA, but has had past experience conducting similar audits on other European FA’s. The initial audit confirmed that the GFA was held in high regard by UEFA, but it also highlighted shortcomings with the day to day running of the GFA.

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