First group graduate from The FA Women's Leadership Programme

Last month saw the first group graduate from the FA Women’s Leadership Programme.

Scunthorpe United’s Leanne Mayo, Manchester CFA’s Deb Owen, the Isthmian League’s Kellie Discipline, Jenny Horsfield of the Cambridge United Community Trust, Tottenham Hotspur’s Nikki Kelly, recently-appointed Brighton boss Hope Powell, Norwich City’s Jackie Thornton, Anna Mitchell of Portsmouth, Prepared PR’s Lisa Smith and Doncaster Belle’s Faye Lygo were initially identified as those already at board level or seen to have board potential.


The programme, launched by The FA and supported by all of the football authorities, was run alongside the Institute of Directors with the aim of giving participants the necessary skills to sit on football boards by providing tailored programmes depending upon their sponsoring organisation. 


The programmes involved one-day workshops and individual 1:1 coaching sessions which focused on key areas such as: leadership, self-awareness, the role of the board, governance, finance, strategy, networking, coaching, influencing and commercial.  

The Club currently has two female Directors on its Board - Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director, and Rebecca Caplehorn, Director of Football Operations.


FA CEO Martin Glenn said: “As leaders in football - both men and women - it’s time to recognise that diverse talent makes business sense. This is an active, creative intervention which is benefitting the industry as a whole.”


The application process for the next cohort is currently being prepared for a September induction.


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First group graduate from The FA Women's Leadership Programme