The Football Association (FA) have officially confirmed the nomination of Debbie Hewitt to become the organisation’s new chairperson.
From January 2022, Hewitt is set to become the FA’s first female chair as the permanent successor to Greg Clarke, who stood down in November 2020 following offensive remarks made at a hearing of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee.
Peter McCormick had been performing the role on an interim basis and will continue until the New Year.
Hewitt - who currently serves as the non-executive chair of Visa Europe, The Restaurant Group plc, BGL Group and White Stuff - was the unanimous choice of the FA’s seven-member selection panel and her appointment is subject to ratification by the FA Council at their next meeting on July 22.
"I'm delighted to be nominated for the role of Non-Executive chair of The Football Association," Hewitt said.
"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.
"I'm looking forward to working alongside our CEO Mark Bullingham and the team across Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park, and relish the opportunity to Chair an organisation that has the potential to be a very positive force for good throughout the game and across society."