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HISTORY MAKER: Debbie Hewitt to become FA’s first chairwoman

HISTORY MAKER: Debbie Hewitt to become FA’s first chairwoman

 

Debbie Hewitt MBE is set to become the new chair of the Football Association after receiving a unanimous nomination from the FA Board.

A seven-member selection panel led by independent non-executive FA director Kate Tinsley picked Hewitt after considering her extensive non-executive career spanning over 15 years in Listed, private equity-backed and privately-owned companies, across many different sectors.

“The panel were in full agreement that she has the outstanding chair and governance expertise, across an extensive range of business sectors, as well as the proven leadership qualities and character required for the role,” said an FA statement.

Hewitt, whose appointment is subject to ratification by the FA Council, will succeed the interim FA chair Peter McCormick from January 2022.

 

Background

 

Ms Hewitt received an MBE in 2011 for services to business and the public sector and is currently non-executive chair of Visa Europe, The Restaurant Group plc, BGL Group and White Stuff.

She will step down from The Restaurant Group, which owns chains such as Wagamama and Frankie and Benny's, when she takes on her FA role.

"I'm delighted to be nominated for the role of non-executive chair of The Football Association," she said.

"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."


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