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Debbie Hewitt MBE will become the first Football Association president in 157 years of history.

She will succeed Peter McCormick OBE in January next year after a unanimous appointment to the FA’s board of directors.

Ms. Hewitt, who received an MBE in 2011 for business and public sector services, is currently non-executive chair of Visa Europe, The Restaurant Group plc, BGL Group and White Stuff.

She will be leaving The Restaurant Group, which owns chains such as Wagamama and Frankie and Benny’s, when she takes on her role as FA in January.

“I am delighted to be nominated for the post of non-executive president of the Football Association,” she said.

“As the events of the past few months have shown, this is an important moment for English football, with a clear goal for all stakeholders to ensure the long-term health of the game at all levels.

“I have been passionate about football from a young age and I am excited about the opportunity to play my part in shaping the future of something that matters so much to so many people.”

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Ms Hewitt will replace permanent incumbent Greg Clarke, who resigned in November over inappropriate comments he made about blacks and gays before a government committee.

She has a 15-year non-executive career in listed, privately and privately funded companies, the FA said.

Kate Tinsley, independent non-executive director of the FA and chairman of the selection panel, added: “This is a great venue for the FA and English football in general.

“Debbie was the outstanding candidate from a talented and experienced field.

“She immediately demonstrated her passion and ability to positively influence the leadership of the AF nationally and globally, providing strong, principled leadership throughout the process.”

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This notice was published: 2021-06-08 06:25:00

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