The FA set to appoint Debbie Hewitt as first female Chair

08 Jun 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

Debbie Hewitt is to become the first female Chair of The FA, taking up the role in January 2022.

The FA Board’s seven-member selection panel - led by Non-Executive FA Director Kate Tinsley - nominated Hewitt unanimously, and her appointment is subject to ratification by the FA Council. She will succeed the interim FA Chair, Peter McCormick, who became Interim Chair in th wake of Greg Clarke's resignation after making racially insensitive comments which were widely condemned at the time.

Hewitt has a non-executive career across a number of sectors, and is currently non-executive Chair of Visa Europe, The Restaurant Group, BGL Group and White Stuff, having previously held a similar role at Moss Bros.

She will step down from her role at The Restaurant Group when she joins The FA.

"I'm delighted to be nominated for the role of Non-Executive Chair of The Football Association," said Hewitt.

"As the events in recent months have shown, this is a significant moment in time for English football, with a clear purpose for all stakeholders to secure the long-term health of the game at all levels.

"I’ve been passionate about football from a very young age and I’m excited by the opportunity to play my part in shaping the future of something that means so much to so many.

"I'm looking forward to working alongside our CEO Mark Bullingham and the team across Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park, and relish the opportunity to Chair an organisation that has the potential to be a very positive force for good throughout the game and across society."

Kate Tinsley, Independent Non-Executive FA Director and chair of the selection panel, added: "This is an excellent appointment for the FA and English football in general.

"Debbie was the outstanding candidate from a talented and experienced field. She immediately demonstrated her passion and ability to positively influence the direction of the FA on a domestic and global stage, providing strong and principled leadership along the way."

The FA says the FA Council will be asked to formally ratify Hewitt as the new Chair at its next meeting, which will take place on 22nd July 2021.