Inclusion Advisory Board Chair

Ref: 5915

Football Association

Home Based

Role Managed by:

Joe Blanch

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6258


Primary Practice Group: Arts, Culture and Sports

Salary & Benefits: This is a voluntary role, with reasonable expenses reimbursed.

Closing Date: 04/07/2022

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The Football Association - Inclusion Advisory Board Chair (IAB)



The Football Association (The FA) is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to professional football. We successfully generate revenue to support an investment of over £100m per annum into English football. 

The FA oversees 24 England international teams, across men's, women's, youth, and disability football, as well as running FA Competitions, including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League & FA Women's Championship and Vitality Women's FA Cup. We also oversee the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium connected by EE, and St. George's Park. All with a purpose to Unite the Game; Inspire the Nation.

As the nation's number one sport, football has the power to bring people together as a force for good in our local communities. At The FA we want to play our part in leading change across equality, diversity, and inclusion agendas, to ensure this power can be realised to its full potential. We work with the whole football family to make this happen and know that change will require input of a diverse team of talented and committed individuals.

The IAB was introduced in 2013 following the introduction of the cross-football Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination (IAD) Plan. The IAB reports, via its Chair, to the main FA Board. The role of the IAB is to challenge and support the Executive and Board in the creation and delivery of our equality, diversity, and inclusion plan. The IAB helps in setting priorities, ensuring that our diversity and inclusion programme are effectively embedded.

In 2021, The FA launched the second of our 3-year equality, diversity, and inclusion plan: A Game For All. This plan is broken down into three main areas:

  • Lead The Change: By actively tackling discrimination on and off the pitch
  • Be The Change: By building a diverse workforce from the insider out
  • Inspire The Change: By promoting an inclusive and united game which is for all

The Opportunity

Our current Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB) Chair will hand the baton to his successor following the completion of a successful 8-year term. This represents an exceptional opportunity for a new Chair to lead the next phase and build on the real progress to date.

Requirements of the Role

As the Chair of the IAB you will be required to:

  • Lead the Board and chair meetings in an organised and structured way, ensuring all members can actively add value and are empowered to contribute.
  • Be an advocate and ambassador for The FA's equality, diversity, and inclusion work; influencing, championing and sponsoring plans to contribute to their success.
  • Debate issues, seeking out, reflecting, and fully considering the views and interests of underrepresented groups, whilst acting in the best interests of The FA.
  • Challenge and provide constructive guidance to the Executive on inclusion and anti-discrimination matters, acting as a critical friend and providing mentorship and guidance as appropriate.
  • Actively contribute and provide thought leadership to the development of strategy; advise and participate in implementation (where required and practically possible)
  • Provide subject matter expertise, skills, and knowledge, and where there is differing opinions be prepared to take the ‘casting vote'.


Skills, Knowledge and Experience

The successful candidate will demonstrate: 

  • A genuine passion for and knowledge of equality, diversity, and Inclusion agendas.
  • Previous experience of chairing a Board or equivalent governance structure.
  • Strong communication skills across a range of stakeholders, including the media if required.
  • The ability to speak, present and network in an ambassadorial role.
  • The ability to build and maintain strong and healthy working relationships with others (including IAB Members and colleagues from across the football family).
  • Ability to work collaboratively whilst constructively challenging and managing conflict.
  • A strategic thinker with the ability and the capacity to facilitate constructive debate.
  • A willingness to act in the best interests of The FA without regard to personal interest or benefit.

It would also be an advantage if the candidate shows: 

  • An understanding of football from grassroots to elite.
  • A broad knowledge of the issues and challenges facing underrepresented groups in football.

Time Commitment

As a minimum, The Chair of IAB will attend four meetings each year, typically at quarterly intervals.  Meetings are usually held on a weekday, at Wembley Stadium although at least one of these meetings each year may be held at The National Football Centre at St. George's Park near Burton-On-Trent.

In addition, from time to time, you may be asked to represent The FA at various events/forums.

Members will be appointed for a term of two years, after which they will be eligible for reappointment to a maximum of four times two years.

This is a voluntary role with reasonable expenses reimbursed.

Recruitment Timeline

The closing date for applications is 9:00am (BST) on Monday 8th August 2022, with the aim that the successful candidate will Chair their first meeting in October 2022.

How to Apply

To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please see below, quoting reference 5915.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, or have any questions about the role, please contact Joe Blanch on +44 (0)20 7340 6258 or


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