After 8 years of dedicated service to the SGSA, we say goodbye to Guy Longhorn, who has decided to hang up his boots and return to his home town of Bristol.
Guy first joined the SGSA in 1993 on a three-year secondment from the Department of Education, to set up the football licensing scheme. After returning to the Department and patiently waiting for 12 years, he returned to the SGSA in 2008 as Office Manager where he was responsible for finance, HR and everything else that keeps the engine of an organisation running.
We asked Guy to reflect on his time at SGSA and he said “It’s been great, who wouldn’t want to work for an organisation where you don’t need an excuse to talk about football all day.”
Guy has seen 3 Chief Executives, 4 Chairs, masterminded 3 office moves in 7 years and produced 8 annual reports. He was responsible for overseeing the production of Safety Management into 3 different languages, the publication of Alternative Uses of Sports Grounds and most recently the Accessible Stadia Supplementary Guidance.
Highlights for Guy have been walking on the roof of St James Park where he enjoyed a spectacular view of the pitch and sitting in the dugout at Villa Park. He commented that the worst thing about being involved in football safety makes it really difficult to go to a game without looking at the crowds and watching the safety teams at work.
Guy is a Bristol City supporter and recounts his memory of following them to Italy in 1995, and in 2008 getting in the play-off finals at Wembley. Sadly, they didn’t make it through, losing to Hull City 1 – 0.
Guy has been a huge asset to the organisation and his dry humor and kindness will be sorely missed. We wish him and Bristol City all the best.