The FA has made two new appointments to its Inclusion Advisory Board.
Chris Paouros (pictured) is a consultant specialising in setting up, growing and running new organisations. She has been involved in grassroots football for 20 years, running a club operating within the women’s pyramid and is a co-founder of Proud Lilywhites, the official Tottenham Hotspur LGBT+ Supporters’ Association, and Pride in Football, the alliance of LGBT+ fan groups in the UK.
Nuala Walsh is a board member of UN Women (UK) and, most recently, chief marketing officer at Standard Life Aberdeen. She has been named among ‘The 100 Most Influential Women in Finance’, has led brand and culture transformations in major global organisations and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments’ ethics committee.
The appointments follow new terms of reference for the IAB, which were approved by The FA Board in May 2017 and see a change in its structure to comprise a Chair and six members.
Membership of the IAB is reviewed every two years. Paouros and Walsh replace Graeme Le Saux, Colin Chaytors, Peter Clayton and Rishi Jain who have left following the completion of two terms.
Paouros said: “I am extremely proud to be offered a position on the Inclusion Advisory Board. Whilst some progress has been made in recent years, I am looking forward to the challenge of achieving equality and inclusion across the game.”
Walsh said: “I am delighted to be joining The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board, which will play a key role in driving change across football through the management of culture, reduction of bias and respect for difference.”
Paul Elliott, IAB Chair, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Chris and Nuala to the Inclusion Advisory Board. Together, they bring a new skill set and fresh perspective to an already capable collective of people. I’ve no doubt they will make a positive contribution.
The IAB now comprises:
• Paul Elliott – Chair
• Chris Ramsey
• Chris Paouros
• Hannah Dingley
• Nuala Walsh
• Rimla Akhtar
• Shelley Alexander