About

Our Work

We are a network of professional women working in and around the football industry who support and champion their peers. Whilst we know there has been significant progress in women’s participation in football and great strides made, we know there is more to do.

Celebrating women’s achievement

WiF champions female talent in a bid to bring about a change in attitudes to women working in the industry. Whether we are celebrating some of football’s earliest female pioneers such as Manchester City’s 1880 founding member Anna Connell, or professional football’s first female physio, Judith Lo, or nominating female employees for Queen’s Honours or industry awards, WiF is dedicated to celebrating the many contributions by women to our national game.

Celebrating women’s achievement

Challenging discrimination

WiF aims to improve women’s representation at all levels of the game by challenging discrimination and lobbying for change. Both the 2014 and 2016 WiF Surveys highlighted that there is much work still to do in key areas such as widening the talent pool of diverse women across the game, achieving gender balance on boards and committees and instilling confidence in reporting discriminatory behaviour and abuse. In 2015 we launched our first ever end of season report on sexist incidents in the national game. We also work in partnership with Prospect - the trade union representing officials, coaches, grounds staff and administrators. Prospect has expertise in dealing with a wide range of employment issues including pay, contracts, respect and equalities. We hope that by monitoring the industry in this way – and providing pro bono legal advice and support to women affected by sexism and discrimination – we can bring about change. 

Challenging discrimination

Sharing professional expertise

Women still remain significantly under-represented in executive and board positions in the football industry. It is our mission to change this, whether through career enhancing mentoring schemes – such as our partnership with 30% Club and Women Ahead – or seminars and workshops at our events put on by the likes of Women on Boards UK. By bringing together inspirational women from across the industry at regular networking events held throughout the UK, we hope to chip away at some of the barriers holding women back in their careers.

Sharing professional expertise

Annie Zaidi

Youth Engagement Coach & WiF Ambassador

Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

Janie Frampton

Director & WiF Ambassador

Sports Officials Consultancy

Dame Heather Rabbatts

WiF Ambassador

Jacqui Oatley, MBE

Football presenter

The WiF board members are a group of professional women working in and around the football industry who are passionate about supporting our peers in the sector.


Jane Purdon

CEO, Women in Football

Ebru Köksal, CFA

Senior Advisor, J Stern & Co

Jean Bevan

Head Of Corporate and Commercial Law

Bevan Kidwell LLP

Prof. Sue Bridgewater

Director of the Centre for Sports Business

Ben Carter

UK Marketing Director

Just Eat

Liz Ellen

Head of the Sports Law practice

Mishcon de Reya Solicitors

Anna Kessel, MBE

The Guardian and The Observer

Lungi Macebo

HR Manager, Charlton Athletic Football Club

Vikki Orvice

The Sun

Hala Ousta

Accessibility & Diversity Manager, FIFA

Jo Tongue

Executive producer and talent manager

Tongue Tied Media


Sarah Gordon-Jones

Leanne Dingle

Women in Football

Lucy Pepper

Women in Football

Reported sexism
only  1/10

women who had witnessed sexism in the workplace have reported it

Mentoring scheme
 77.8%

wanted a Women in Football mentoring scheme

Barred in the workplace
 10.5%

have witnessed women being barred from certain areas in the workplace

*The WiF survey was carried out via Survey Monkey between 18 - 27 February 2014. 60% of those who received the survey responded, which included 661 female coaches, match officials, administrators representing clubs in all four professional divisions in England, Scotland and Wales; players; doctors, physios; football media, football PR and sponsorship, members of the FA, County FAs; Premier League, Football League, non-league and not-for-profit organisations. We also collected data and comments from some of the most senior women working internationally in football.

If you would like further information please contact us at info@womeninfootball.co.uk

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