Football Index, the virtual footballer trading market, has significantly strengthened its senior management with the addition of gaming industry veterans Brian Mattingley, Mark Blandford and Andrew Burns.

Mattingley has been named non-executive chairman, a role he will hold alongside his chairmanship of 888 Holdings, while Burns  joins from Consolidated Growth, a natural resource exploration company in West Africa and Zimbabwe, to serve as group chief financial officer.

Burns has previously served as CFO of AIM-listed Camec and Empire Online, then the world’s second-largest poker platform, as well as at FTSE-listed Luminar. He has also worked at Rank Group.

Former Sportingbet founder and cornerstone investor Blandford joins as a board advisor.

“These board appointments are a real statement of intent for Football Index,” said Football Index founder and CEO Adam Cole. “We are adding a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience from the betting and gaming industry and beyond that will be invaluable in helping determine our future strategy and progress.”

Football Index’s new chairman Mattingley commented: “Football Index has proven to be a genuine industry disruptor. It is exciting to join the board of a company with such an innovative proposition that has a dedicated following and rapidly expanding user base.

“I look forward, along with Andrew and Mark, to adding further expertise to the current board and management team and helping continue to grow the Football Index offering.”