'On The Board' graduates celebrate at Wembley

Footballers from the second cohort of the ‘On The Board’ Effective Board Member programme graduate at Wembley on Wednesday this evening.

Graduates include Chris Hughton, Rachel Yankey, Ugo Ehiogu and Ken Monkou amongst others.

The ceremony will be attended by representatives from sponsors the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), The Football Association (FA) as well and the League Managers Association (LMA).

‘On The Board’, was created by leading governance consultant Karl George MBE, founder of the Effective Board Member Programmes (EBM) in conjunction with Sports On Board to help players and others involved in football to progress from the pitch to the boardroom.

Previous graduates include Les Ferdinand MBE and QPR manager, Chris Ramsey.

The graduation of players throws a spotlight on the continued commitment of the PFA and The FA, and partners across the game, to tackle the lack of diversity on boards within the sport.

Former Wales international Nathan Blake who graduated from On The Board in 2014 is one example having gained a non-executive position at Newport County A.F.C, with the PFA's Iffy Onura shadowing The FA board over the last year.

The course is accredited by the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners and Edinburgh Napier University.