The Football Association (FA) has today confirmed several changes to the structure of the FA Women’s National League (FA WNL) Board following a general meeting with the clubs at the end of last year.
Due to the changing responsibilities of the FA WNL Board, Sue Hough, who also sits on the FA Board, has assumed the role of chair. Baroness Sue Campbell remains in her position on the board, with Elaine Oram, CEO of Nottinghamshire FA and member of the Women’s Football Board, taking the additional FA representative position.
The FA WNL Board has been expanded from nine to 12 members, with the clubs voting to add an additional three representatives. Following an application process, the following have been elected as club representatives, bringing a wealth of experience from across the women’s game:
• Flo Allen (General Manager of Norwich City Women and former player)
• Su Cumming (Head of Women’s Football at Newcastle United)
• Lola Ogunbote (Head of Women’s Football at Burnley)
• Tammy Parlour (AFC Wimbledon Women board member and CEO of the Women’s Sport Trust)
The remaining two club positions are taken by David Mallin, Chair of Huddersfield Town Women, and Liz Pamplin, Cambridge United Club Secretary, who continue in their roles on the board. The three independent directors, Jess Creighton, Sandi Dosanjh and Claire Lewis, also remain in position. The FA Women’s National League Board will work closely with The FA to support league operations whilst also driving forward the league’s three-year strategy Empowering for Success which is funded by the Premier League.
Sue Hough, Chair of the FA Women’s National League Board, said: “It’s a hugely exciting time for the FA Women’s National League and our three-year strategy is making great progress to ensure the advancements we are seeing across the elite end of the women’s game are also harnessed throughout tiers three and four of the pyramid.
“I am delighted to be the new chair of the board and to have the opportunity to work alongside so many experienced people who bring with them a wealth of knowledge from across the game. The board’s ambition is to have a flourishing league where the clubs can perform to the best of their ability both on and off the pitch. We look forward to working collaboratively with the wider team to drive the FA Women’s National League forward in this exciting new era.”