FA Inclusion Advisory Board Member Ref: IABB

Role location
Wembley Stadium
Type of contract
Contract / Freelance

 FA Inclusion Advisory Board Member

The FA is the governing body for football in England and is primarily responsible for all regulatory aspects of the game, running the England teams, organising The FA Cup and other domestic competitions and developing grassroots football. The FA is a non-profit making organisation with all surpluses being redistributed back into the game.

Inclusion Advisory Board

The IAB acts as the check and balance to The FA’s equality, diversity and inclusion work. It comprises of six members and a Chair with collective knowledge and experience of specific aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion such as race; gender equality (not the development of women’s football); disability equality (not the development of disability football); mental health; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and faith communities.

The Inclusion Advisory Board meets at least quarterly and is a sub-committee of the main FA Board. The IAB reports into the FA Board.

The Role:

The Football Association is seeking to appoint six members of the Inclusion Advisory Board who individually will have a good understanding of a wide range of equality and diversity topics and collectively will have specific expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion topics such as race; gender equality; disability equality; mental health; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and faith communities.

The main purpose of the Inclusion Advisory Board is to provide guidance on all equality matters at The FA and to monitor the delivery of The FA’s equality, diversity and inclusion plan. As part of this role you will:

  • Act as a check and balance for The FA’s equality, diversity and inclusion plan, reviewing content and offering direction.
  • Receive updates on and monitor the implementation of the equality, diversity and inclusion plan.
  • Provide support to The FA executive in delivering specific programmes within individual areas of expertise.
  • Promote a culture of respect for inclusion and champion inclusion and equality issues across football.
  • Undertake such other duties as The FA Board may direct from time to time.

Appointment will be for a term of two years from November 2017, after which applicants are eligible for reappointment for to a maximum of four times two years.

Key Selection Criteria

The following attributes are desirable across the membership of The IAB:

  • Being an enthusiastic champion of equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • The ability to work collaboratively across all aspects of equality, inclusion and diversity with a broad knowledge across the key work strands of the group;
  • In depth knowledge of some of the key topics; race; gender equality; disability equality; mental health; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and faith communities;
  • An understanding of the modern game of football in its various forms at all levels of the game from grassroots to elite football
  • An understanding of the structures and processes within football;
  • The ability to speak, present and network in an ambassadorial role;
  • The ability to mix with diverse groups of people in a wide variety of situations;
  • The ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with others;
  • Willingness to act in the best interests of The FA without regard to personal interest or benefit;
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Visionary thinking with the ability to think strategically.

Time Commitment

IAB meetings take place on a quarterly basis and you will be expected to provide support for the executive in delivering specific equality, diversity and inclusion programmes.

IAB meetings are usually on a weekday at Wembley Stadium. 


  • Applications close on 29th September 2017
  • Interviews will be held at Wembley Stadium in the first two weeks of October.
  • First IAB meeting- November 2017  

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