The Vikki Orvice Memorial Director Development Scheme

23 July 2020

The Vikki Orvice Memorial Director Development Scheme

Poonam Majithia (centre), the 2019 recipient of Women in Football's Vikki Orvice Memorial Director Development Scheme

Women in Football are delighted to announce that we are seeking applications for the Vikki Orvice Memorial Director Development Scheme.

Women in Football will help the successful applicant develop the skills necessary to seek a board position by working closely with our board for a year.

Vikki Orvice was a founding member of Women in Football, and a trailblazer for women working in the game, and determined to stand up for those who lacked confidence, and needed a guiding hand. 

Boards of many organisations now recognise that they need greater diversity than they have had in the past, and are reaching out to historically excluded groups to find their future directors. We want to help with this by guiding an individual to develop the skills and experience to become board ready. 

We are looking for someone who doesn’t have previous board experience, and we are particularly interested in hearing from candidates from groups who are currently under-represented on the boards of football bodies. 

The successful candidate will

  • Come to all Women in Football board meetings
  • Be mentored by one of Women in Football’s directors
  • Be asked to undertake a task each quarter relevant to the work of the board and the organisation.  
  • Have the opportunity to take part in other Women in Football activities, such as our events and our Leadership Course.

The opportunity is for 12 months, and will involve around 8-12 hours work a month. Most of this can be done outside usual working hours (although our quarterly board meetings take place during office hours). It is unpaid (but reasonable expenses will be paid). This training opportunity is unpaid and does not constitute employment.

About Women in Football 

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, Women in Football now has a membership of over 3,500. 

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.

More information about Women in Football can be found here.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to be considered for the scheme to

The closing date for applications is Friday 7 August . 

Interviews will be held week commencing 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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