Sir William Patey has recently come to the end of a long diplomatic career. He was British ambassador to Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. His skills of negotiation will stand him in good stead in tackling the niceties of the Football League and the famous outbursts of popular manager, Paolo di Canio.
Sir William's appointment is still subject to approval from the Football League.
As well as his organisational experience, Sir William brings a lifelong love of football to the role. He grew up a Hibernian supporter and played although not as a professional. He has a clear vision for the club.
His predecessor, Jeremy Wray, who was instrumental in bringing di Canio to Town, has decided to resign from the board with immediate affect. Sir William and the board have both thanked him for his "invaluable contribution" to the club.