Ownership & Board



Ownership of York City Football Club Ltd is made up as follows:

  • 394 Sports Ltd (Matthew Uggla and Julie-Anne Uggla): 51%
  • York City Supporters’ Society Limited: 49%

The Supporters’ Trust have held a major shareholding since 2003, whilst Matthew and Julie-Anne Uggla secured a majority shareholding in June 2023 via their jointly-owned company 394 Sports Ltd.

For further information about the Supporters’ Trust, please visit https://www.ycst.org.uk

Matthew Uggla
Matthew Uggla

Matt has a background in property development and investment. He studied at St Columbus School in St Albans and at the University of Southampton where he read Sports Management.

Since acquiring the majority shareholding in the football club he has lived in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

Julie-Anne Uggla

Julie-Anne Uggla has been committed to working with charities and causes at a critical level since 1992. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Canada, her global works has spanned the UK, Ukraine, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Zambia (and counting!).

Julie-Anne has worked as a large-scale fundraiser, a major donor, executive producer and advisor and as a charity founder. In 2003 she founded Zamcog, a charity assisting and educating disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Zambia.

Julie-Anne’s impact initiatives comprises her family philanthropic activities under the Fôr Foundation, social enterprise and impact investing and other corporate giving. Julie-Anne’s foundation, The Fôr Foundation delivers solutions to innovative causes that seek to make transformational change for the good of society and the environment. The Foundation is made up of carefully selected organisations, charities and causes that need support to bring about transformational change for issues that may otherwise lack sustainable forms of assistance.

Alongside Julie-Anne’s philanthropic initiatives, she has been a keen businesswoman for over 30 years. She founded her first business at the age of 24 and has since launched and invested in a number of successful startups, specifically in the travel, philanthropic and media sectors. Recently, pivoting to hospitality, she opened a luxury boutique hotel to encourage more visitors to experience the beauty and charms of Alderney, the northernmost channel island. Her latest project is the feature film, The Flood, of which she is Executive Producer. Centred on today’s refugee crisis, the film is one of Julie-Anne’s many business endeavours with a strong social purpose.

Alastair Smith
Chief Executive
Alastair Smith

Hailing from Millington, near Pocklington, Alastair is a life-long York City supporter. He was Chairman of Pocklington Supporters Club before moving south and being one of the founders and current chairman of York City South. He sits on the Supporters’ Trust board and will be well known to many York City fans.

Alastair took early retirement following a 28-year senior career at Kimberly-Clark, where he held various Finance roles based in the UK before becoming the Financial Controller for North America. He is married to Wendy, and they have two boys, Matt (31) and Brad (27). Both boys are City fans and attend matches regularly.

Alastair is a CIMA qualified accountant. Combining his previous roles in a multi-billion dollar turnover multi-national FMCG company and his dedicated passion for York City, Alastair brings a wealth of business experience, knowledge and expertise that will help to drive positive change at the football club.

James Daniels
James Daniels