Dame Heather Rabbatts

Non Executive Board Director of the FA

Heather Rabbatts is the first woman to serve on the FA Board. She also heads the FA's Inclusion Advisory Board and has been an active campaigner for equality and in particular race and gender equality. She continues to lead and advise organisations on growth, change and talent.

"A powerful figure of business, sport and female empowerment"

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  • Inspiring Leadership
  • Increasing Workplace Diversity
  • Change Management
  • Talent Management
  • Race and Gender Equality


She presents in English.

How she presents

Heather is a vibrant, energetic and enthusiastic speaker who is in great demand at events across the globe.

In Detail

Heather has more than 20 years of executive and non-executive experience from public and private sectors and across a breadth of industries, including local government, media, financial services and football. She has been a former executive Deputy Chairman of Millwall FC and a former Governor of the London School of Economics. Managing Director of international film and TV production company Smuggler Entertainment Heather is also a Non-Executive Director of Grosvenor, one of the UK's biggest landlords. She serves on the boards of Arts Alliance, the Royal Opera House, and the Football Association, where she also heads the FA's Inclusion Advisory Board. She has served on the board of Crossrail and in supervisory roles at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the LSE, and the British Council. She was also a non-Executive Director of the Bank of England.


Heather draws on her extensive experiences to show that through hard work and determination you can achieve your ambitions. Her outstanding leadership skills have been widely reported and are testimony to her ability to effect real change within large organisations.



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