Rabbatts became a director of the FA in 2011, the only woman its board and the first person of colour. Many saw her as a tickbox appointment – they’d clearly never met her. Her outrage over the all-white FA commission to improve the national team was brave and did her no political favours. More recently, she quit Fifa’s anti-discrimination taskforce after Sepp Blatter’s re-election. Her leadership credentials are not limited to sport, but sport needs more people like her. She’s a long-time supporter of Women in Football, and chair of the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board.
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