Full description

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and successfully generates enough revenue to support investment of over £150m into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men’s, women’s, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, and Vitality Women’s FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

The Role

  • Represent the values of the FA at home and abroad, building long term relationships that provide the platform for the FA to achieve its goals
  • Lead the Board with a collaborative style that ensures cohesion throughout the governing body
  • Inspire and empower the leaders and the organisation to achieve its long-term potential
  • Champion the FA’s commitment to deliver a game free from discrimination
  • Successfully managing the trade-offs that will arise within a complex stakeholder group

The Person

  • Highly emotionally intelligent and resilient, can build trust and achieve results in environments of similar complexity where consensus can be hard to achieve
  • An engaging communicator who is able to think on their feet and authentically connect with diverse audiences
  • An exceptional leader with proven board experience at an organisation of similar scale and complexity and a track record of overseeing successful transformation
  • Able to consistently exercise great judgement, rooted in strong moral and ethical principles
  • A genuine love for The Game, motivated by the power of football as a force for good

The Chair can serve for a maximum of 3 terms of 3 years

Time Commitment
Able to commit to an average of 2 days per week including international travel