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15:30 27th December 2015

by Norwich City Football Club

Canaries fan and former Shadow Chancellor to lead the board.

NORWICH City Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of former Cabinet Minister and lifelong Canaries fan Ed Balls as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mr Balls, 48, takes up his non-executive role with immediate effect and will join his fellow Directors at Carrow Road for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa.

Born in the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and educated in Bawburgh, Nottingham, and then at Oxford University and the Harvard Kennedy School, Ed Balls left the Financial Times in 1994 to pursue a career in government.

He was the Treasury's Chief Economic Adviser from 1997-2004, during which time he represented the UK at the G20 meeting of global finance ministers and was the Chair of the International Monetary Fund Deputies Committee.

A Labour MP for 10 years after 2005, Mr Balls has held a variety of senior positions during his political career, including Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Mr Balls is currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Visiting Professor at King's College, London. He will be undertaking his role at Norwich City in an unpaid capacity, alongside his ongoing academic, commercial, charitable and media activities.

Welcoming Mr Balls to the Board, City's joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones said his vast economic knowledge and extensive experience with both the public and private sectors would be a huge asset for the Club.

They commented: "We're absolutely delighted to confirm that Ed Balls is the new Chairman of Norwich City.

"His economic know-how and experience, coupled with his passion for all things Norwich City, will be a major asset for the Board and we're excited about working closely together with Ed, David McNally and the other Directors in this new era for the Club.

"Ed will work closely with all of us on the short, medium and long-term strategy to shape the future of this great football club."

Mr Balls commented: "It's an honour and a privilege to be asked to join the Board of Directors at Norwich City as Chairman.

"From the moment my dad first took me to watch City from the terraces at Carrow Road in 1973, my earliest ambition was to play for the Club I loved. But the next best thing is to become Chairman of Norwich City, and do what I can off the pitch to help City succeed on the pitch.

"The Club's immediate priority and focus is, of course, the retention of our hard-earned Premier League status, and the hard work of my fellow Directors and all of my colleagues at the Club means Norwich City is in great shape on and off the pitch going into 2016.

"With that foundation, the challenge for all of us at Norwich is to go from the up-and-down fortunes I have known since I was a boy to an era of sustained success, and I will be proud to play my part in that."

BIOGRAPHY: Norwich City Chairman Ed Balls

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