The FA WSL and FA WC Football Board – Independent Chair

The Football Association (FA)
Location London, UK
Posted 26/04/2019
Closes 16/05/2019
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Board & Executive
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary N/A

Job Description

The FA WSL and FA WC Football Board – Independent Chair

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 well over £100m into English football each year. The FA oversees 28 England international teams, across men’s, women’s, youth and disability football, as well as running FA Competitions, including the Emirates FA Cup and SSE 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 new FA Women’s Super League (WSL) and FA Women’s Championship (WC) Board is a partnership between the FA and the clubs in the two top tiers of the women’s football pyramid.  The composition of the Board will be made up of an independent Chair, three FA representatives, 6 club representatives and two independent non-executive directors.  The FA representatives will be the CEO, the Chair of the Women’s Football Board and the Director of Women’s Football.  The club representatives will be elected by the clubs with four elected from the FA WSL and two from the FA WC.

The Role

We are seeking to appoint an independent Chair to this newly established Board. The Board will oversee the development of the two leagues and the execution of an exciting new vision and strategy to create a sustainable and world leading club competition for professional and semi-professional players. 

You will be responsible for chairing all Board meetings and ensuring that Board meetings are managed in a fair and ethical manner, promoting a true partnership across the leagues, seeking to maintain an open, equitable and inclusive environment.  It is expected that as Chair, you will have a passion for women's sport and football and the value it can bring to society.

Previous experience of chairing a Board is essential including high level conflict resolution, a collaborative solution driven approach, highly developed interpersonal and communication skills as well as bringing an independent perspective in order to enhance decision making.

As Chair, you will be expected to provide independent advice and guidance generally on all matters relating to the leagues including commercial, marketing, financial, broadcast and operational matters with the priority focus being the execution of a new strategy for the leagues.

The board will report directly to the main FA Board and meet approximately four times a year.  The successful candidates would need to be able to commit to attending four board meetings a year which will be held in London.


Applications for the role of independent Chair for the new FA Women’s Super League (WSL) and FA Women’s Championship (WC) Board at The FA will be managed externally by Anthony Simpson from Savannah Group. To apply, please email your CV and cover letter by 6pm on the 16th May.



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The Football Association (FA)

The Football Association was founded in 1863 as the governing body of the game in England. The FA is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the game of football in England.

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