Graham Poll is said to be the most well known and most experienced English football referee of all time. With an enviable track record in international refereeing, including the last FA Cup Final at Wembley stadium in 2000 and the first referee to reach the milestone of refereeing 300 Premier League matches, Graham will also be remembered for issuing one player with 3 yellow cards at a World Cup match during the 2006 final competition in Germany 2006.
Graham’s early career saw him follow a successful path in sales for the FMCG marketplace, having learnt the principles of selling in the business to business world with Canon UK Ltd.
An excellent communicator and presenter, he quickly progressed to first and then second line management and for 7 years oversaw a rapidly expanding direct sales force at Coty UK alongside his refereeing career. His dedication to achieving world recognition in football, Poll left full time employment and started his own business with another former sales director from Hays and fellow International referee, Graham Barber. Together they developed an internet site which they negotiated the sale of for £1.5m in 2001, after which Graham became a full time professional referee.
Now a regular pundit and commentator in the sports media, Graham is also an excellent and popular after dinner speaker. Graham is now available to speak to businesses, where he combines his sporting experiences to those of his sales world producing a humorous and insightful view of the importance of motivation, teamwork and leadership.