Debbie Hewitt MBE is set to become the first female chair of the Football Association in its 157-year history, after being nominated to replace Greg Clarke.
Clarke resigned in November after offensive remarks made at a hearing of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee.
Hewitt, who was awarded an MBE in 2011 for her services to business and the public sector was described as the “outstanding candidate” by Kate Tinsley, independent non-executive FA director and chair of the selection panel.
Debbie Hewitt said she was delighted to be nominated. “As the events in recent months have shown, this is a significant moment in time for English football, with a clear purpose for all stakeholders to secure the long-term health of the game at all levels.
“I’ve been passionate about football from a very young age and I’m excited by the opportunity to play my part in shaping the future of something that means so much to so many,” she said.
Hewitt, will take over from the interim FA chair, Peter McCormick OBE, in January next year after a unanimous nomination by the FA board.
The FA Council will be asked to formally ratify the new chair at its next meeting on 22 July, with Peter McCormick remaining as interim chair.