Anthony Andrew Kleanthous (born January 1966) is the current chairman of Barnet Football Club. He became the youngest football chairman to enter the football league when he bought the club in 1994.
The Kleanthous family moved to London from Cyprus and Tony Kleanthous was born in Finsbury Park, North London in 1966 He went to school in Highgate then on to college in Waltham Forest to study motor vehicle engineering.
Kleanthous started out in the motor trade and then moved into petrochemicals. At the age of 21 he formed a telecommunications company called NAG Telecom. where he won several industry awards as one of Cellnets' (now O2) largest distributors of mobile phones (NAG Telecom). In 1994 he bought Barnet FC which was the beginning of his long career in football. In 1996 he bought Samsung Telecom when chairman of Service Direct UK PLC to form what was then the largest independent supplier and maintainer of telephone systems in the UK. Kleanthous today owns a £250 million group of over 30 companies across the UK and Europe involved in the Property, Leisure, Football and Medical sectors.
Football - Kleanthous was the youngest director of the Football League and youngest ever director of The Football Association as well as serving on The Professional Game Board and sitting on a number of committees for the governance of football in the UK. He was the first FA Director appointed League representative to the FA Women's Super League Committee (now Board) and was involved in the inauguration of the Womens Super League competition. He has served three times as a director of The Football Conference and was responsible for re-branding the competition to The National League. He formed and chaired National League Broadcasting which trained students in camera and sports filming techniques that were then utilised to produce the BT Sports highlight shows.
Kleanthous has seen Barnet Football Club reach its furthest position in the FA Cup, League Cup and League Trophy as well as qualifying four times for the play offs. The relegation of the Club from the Football League was followed four years later by its promotion but the club needed a new modern home. He bought Barnet Cricket Club adjacent to the existing ground of the club as he thought it would be an ideal site to develop a larger stadium Underhill Stadium. This led to a well publicised dispute with Barnet Council who did not want the expansion. After years of trying to convince Barnet Council to support the Clubs expansion plans he eventually relocated the Club to his leisure complex at The Hive London in the borough of Harrow.
He was an early pioneer in Women's Football and adopted Barnet FC Ladies in 1995 and integrated them within the Barnet FC set up. being the first fully incorporated Ladies Football Club within the men's League Club. Then in 2013 he formed a new women's football team, The London Bees, who won a license to play in The FA Women's Super League. The London Bees have joined Barnet FC as resident clubs of The Hive London.
Leisure - Kleanthous was responsible for the planning, construction and opening of "The Hive London” at the Prince Edward's playing fields, in Edgware, Middlesex. He initially invested £11 million into the 44-acre (180,000 m2) site to develop several astroturf pitches, 10 grass pitches, 14 dressing rooms, physiotherapy rooms and meeting rooms. It was opened as a centre of footballing excellence on 15 December 2009 by Fabio Capello and Sir Trevor Brooking. He has subsequently invested over £50 million to turn the site into an internationally recognised world class sports training venue and stadium with state of the art medical sports science facilities. The Hive London Leisure Complex has hosted international teams from Brazil, Germany, Spain, Italy, Peru, Sweden and many other premier overseas clubs as well as various England National teams. The Hive Stadium has become a base for the Nigerian international team and has played host to The London Broncos, the Oxford Cambridge Varsity Finals, County Cup Finals and various other Mens and Womens Super League club Cup Finals.
Development on the site is ongoing with planning granted in 2018 for an Academy, Indoor Hall, stadium expansion and multi level parking facilities that will cost around £20 million over the next two years taking the value of the Complex to over £150 million.
Medical - Tony Kleanthous partnered with Toshiba Medical Systems (now Canon Medical) to form the first medical imaging academy in the UK and announced a further learning facility due to open in 2020 at Glasgow Caledonian University. He owns several medical scanning and diagnostics companies trading under the brand of TIC Health and operates a £10 million+ fleet of over a dozen high tech mobile scanning relocatables which are deployed in hospitals around the UK under the brand of TIC Mobile. In 2017 he opened “The Imaging Centre” at The Hive London which cost nearly £8 million and is the most advanced sports medical scanning unit in Europe. In keeping with his philosophy of the best being available to everyone, this Centre is now open to the local community as well as providing high performance imaging for elite athletes. In 2019, the Centre successfully supported The Royal Free Hospital to help reduce a list in difficult Oncology Scans. In the same year TIC Health also acquired Cardio Direct and Cooper Health in Harley Street and now provides Cardiac Screening services for the FA as well as Premier and Football League Clubs.
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