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On the Board Graduates


Leicester City’s Wes Morgan and Birmingham City Women defender Aoife Mannion both recently graduated from the PFA sponsored programme On the Board.

On The Board is the Effective Board Member programme for current and ex-footballers and those working in the sport. It has been designed to improve their understanding of boards and train them to become competent board members.

Developed by the Governance Forum, the Effective Board Member series of programmes have been established to tackle diversity on boards.  Previous graduates have acquired board appointments in a wide variety of organisations in the voluntary sector. The programme for footballers was delivered over six months during which the players have discussed, debated, and learned about governance frameworks, governance codes, board behaviour and reviewing board performance.

The purpose of the programme is to give current and ex-professional footballers the opportunity to extend their careers from the pitch, to the boardroom, where their ambassadorial experience as players is invaluable.  The Professional Footballers Association are the main sponsors of this exciting initiative which is also supported by The Football Association and leading figures within these organisations will be present to celebrate with us.

Other graduates of the programme include, Rachel Yankey OBE, Les Ferdinand and Darren Moore.

For more information about On the Board click here.

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