Women in Football seek new independent non-executive director

21 July 2020

Women in Football seek new independent non-executive director

Women in Football was established in 2007 as a network of professional women working in and around the football industry to support and champion their peers.

Incorporated in 2013, we now have a membership of approximately 4,000.

The board governs the organisation and has overall responsibility for its performance and direction. It recently approved a new strategy which seeks to ensure that Women in Football:

● Works with the football industry to enhance career pathways for women working in the game, and is a recognised leader in providing personal development and networking opportunities for them; 

● Is recognised as a ‘go to’ voice with government, the football authorities, clubs and other organisations in in respect of issues concerning women working in the game; and

● Offers effective legal and moral support in discrimination cases.

Women in Football is now seeking to recruit a new independent non-executive director, who will be responsible to the chair of the board.


Collectively, the board:

● Sets, agrees and monitors delivery of the overall strategy and policy for Women in Football.

● Ensures effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance, legal and regulatory compliance, and internal control of major projects.

Directors may therefore also take on additional responsibilities such as membership of Women in Football’s committees, of which three exist: Legal and HR; Professional Development Programme; and Events and Marketing.

Specific responsibilities:

● Using their own work experience, expertise, knowledge and networks to support the work of the Board.

● Help facilitate introductions to potential new commercial partners

● Inform and update the Board to help facilitate and support the Board process

● Ensure that diversity and equality of opportunity are addressed throughout the work strands of the organisation

● Represent Women in Football at events and conferences where appropriate

● Promote (and champion) the work of Women in Football

Person specification:

We wish to recruit a new director to work with the Chair, other directors and the executive team to drive Women in Football forward.

Candidates should have a good understanding of the role and responsibilities of a director of a non-profit organisation, particularly one in sport and/or involved in equality and diversity.

We are therefore looking for people who have held a position of responsibility in either the public, voluntary or private sectors.

In order to complement the skills of our existing directors, we are looking for someone with demonstrable senior experience of working in the football industry for a professional club or governing body.

Board diversity

We are fully committed to enhancing our board diversity and we particularly welcome applications from:

● Men

● Black, Asian, and minority ethnic community

● Disabled community 

● LGBTQI+ community

Technical skills/experience

Term of office: 3 years from appointment.

Remuneration: the role is non-remunerated but reasonable out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the role and the reasons why you wish to be a director of Women in Football to our CEO Jane Purdon, at

The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 7 August 2020.

Interviews will be held in London/virtually during week commencing Monday 17 August 2020. 

Women in Football promotes diversity and inclusion, and our goal is to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunities organisation, appointing solely on merit and business need. We encourage applications regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood and disability. If you require reasonable adjustments in any recruitment process with us, please make us aware. 

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