12 Facts About Ian Lenagan


Ian Lenagan was born on 1946, Scholes, Wigan and is a business entrepreneur, theatre producer and shareholder of London Broncos, chairman and owner of Wigan Warriors, and former owner of Oxford United FC In 2016 he was appointed Chairman of the Football League.

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Ian Lenagan attended both Manchester and Liverpool universities and graduated with a BSc in Mathematics and a MSc in Magnetohydrodynamics respectively.

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In 1985 Ian Lenagan set up his own business, Workplace Systems, in Milton Keynes, to develop and supply software products for workforce management.

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In December 2011, Workplace Systems was acquired by a Lloyds Banking Group-backed management buyout, and Ian Lenagan stepped down from his role as chairman, receiving £19m from the buyout.

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Ian Lenagan is a successful theatre producer, with over 30 productions to his name.

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Ian Lenagan's most recent West End hit is a co-production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Christian Slater.

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Ian Lenagan became a major shareholder in Oxford United, who were controlled by long-time friend Nick Merry.

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Ian Lenagan sold his interest in Oxford United and left the board in 2016 when he was appointed Chairman of the Football League.

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In 2007 it was announced after months of speculation that Ian Lenagan would become the new owner of Wigan Warriors rugby league club, his boyhood team.

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Ian Lenagan bought the club from former JJB Sports magnate and Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan.

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Ian Lenagan signed Cameron Phelps and Tim Smith during the 2008 season.

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Ian Lenagan has recently started a new business called Animalates, a children's educational exercise club which is expected to be sold as a franchise.

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