FA Inclusion Advisory Board welcomes new members
Chris Paouros and Nuala Walsh have joined The Football Association’s (The FA’s) Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB).
Chris 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, which was set up with the support of the Fans For Diversity campaign, run in partnership between Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation.
Chris is also a consultant specialising in setting up, growing and running new organisations, and has been involved in grassroots football for 20 years – running a club operating within the women’s pyramid.
Nuala is a board member of UN Women (UK) and, most recently, Chief Marketing Officer at Standard Life Aberdeen. She has been named amongst ‘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.
Paul Elliott, IAB Chair and former Kick It Out trustee, 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.”
Chris added: “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.”
Nuala 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.”
Following Chris and Nuala’s appointments, the IAB now comprises:
- Paul Elliott – Chair
- Chris Ramsey
- Chris Paouros
- Hannah Dingley
- Nuala Walsh
- Rimla Akhtar
- Shelley Alexander