The FA Structure

The Football Association's Management Team, working together with The FA Board, Council and staff, aims to deliver an effective and professional organisation for the greater good of English football.

The FA consists of a permanent staff, predominantly based at its headquarters at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park in Burton.

The FA Board

Independent Non-Executive Chair: Debbie Hewitt MBE 

Debbie was appointed FA Chair and Leader of Council in January 2022. She also Chairs the FA Nominations Committee and sits on the FA Remuneration Committee. She is also Non-Executive Chair of Visa Europe Limited,, and White Stuff Limited. Debbie’s executive career was spent at RAC plc where she was Group Managing Director and prior to that she was in retail management with Marks & Spencer. She holds an MBA (distinction) from Bath University, was awarded the MBE for Services to Business and the Public Sector in 2011, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and was made a Chartered Companion (Chartered CCIPD) in September 2021.

Executive Director: Mark Bullingham, Chief Executive Officer

Mark was appointed as The FA’s Chief Executive Officer on 1 August 2019. He joined the FA in August 2016 and previously led the commercial, marketing, digital and participation functions at the organisation, where under his tenure annual revenue rose by over £100 million. He previously held the position of CEO EMEA for Fuse Sports & Entertainment, responsible for running one of the fastest growing businesses in the sector with a client portfolio including ten of the top 30 global brands. Prior to Fuse, Mark was the Director of Marketing for the America’s Cup Event Authority in San Francisco. He has negotiated over $2 billion of partnerships across a variety of platforms in sports, arts and music and is a qualified Level One coach involved in grassroots football. He's also a trustee of the Football Foundation and a director of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. He sits on the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship Board.

National Game Representatives

Sue Hough MBE
Sue was appointed onto the Board in July 2019, having first been appointed as a representative of the Women’s Football Conference on the FA Council in 2000. Sue chairs the Women’s Football Board and the National Game Board and also serves on the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship Board, Disability Football Committee, and Referees’ Committee. Sue is the CEO of Dorset County FA and in 2013 received an MBE for her services to women’s and disability football.

Jack Pearce
Jack was appointed onto the Board in 2015, having first been appointed as a Divisional Representative on the FA Council in 2001 and is a Vice-Chair of the FA. Jack serves on the National Game Board, Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee, Judicial Panel, National Game Finance Committee and Alliance Leagues Committee, the latter of which he chairs. Jack was formerly a player and manager of Bognor Regis Town FC and continues to serve the club as its General Manager and Vice-Chair. Jack is the Chair of the National League and a Council member of Sussex County FA as well as being a trustee of the Football Foundation.

Thura Win JP
Thura was appointed onto the Board in July 2021 having been first appointed as a representative of the Women’s Football Conference on the FA Council in 2007. Thura is an IT Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in system development and also a Magistrate in Hampshire since 2004. He was formerly a Director of Hampshire FA and is currently a Director of Sussex County FA. He is a member of the Women’s Football Board, Judicial Panel, National Game Board and the Affiliated Associations Committee.

Professional Game representatives

Peter McCormick OBE
Peter was appointed onto the Board and Council in August 2015 as a representative of the Premier League and serves on the Professional Game Board, FA Challenge Cup Committee, Football Regulatory Authority, Nominations Committee, Council Membership & Appointments Committee and Remuneration Committee, the latter of which he chairs. He is a Vice-Chair of the FA and is Chair of the Legal Advisory Group of the Premier League and Chair of the League’s Football Board. Peter was Chair of the Premier League in 2014-15. Peter chairs Tribunals and Appeals for the Premier League, Football Association and Professional Game Match Officials Ltd. He is Chair of Football Stadia Improvement Fund Ltd and a trustee of the Football Foundation. Peter heads the Corporate and Commercial team at McCormick's Solicitors. He is an internationally recognised expert in Sports, Media and Entertainment Law. Peter is also a leading national figure in Charities Law and was awarded the OBE for services to charity in 2000.

Rick Parry
Rick was appointed onto the Board and Council in October 2019 as a representative of the English Football League and serves on the Professional Game Board. Rick is the Chair of the English Football League and is one of the UK’s most experienced leaders in football, having served as both chief executive of Liverpool Football Club (1997-2009) and the Premier League (1991-1997). Rick was formerly a Board member of the European Club Association, has carried out two assignments for the UK government – joining the Sports Betting Integrity Panel in 2009 and advising the DCMS Select Committee on its football governance review in 2011 and has carried out a variety of football related consultancy projects in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Jordan, the US and Mexico.

Rupinder Bains
Rupinder was appointed onto the Board and Council in November 2017, jointly representing the English Football League and the FA Premier League. Rupinder is founder and Managing Director of the law firm Pinder Reaux & Associates Limited. The firm specialises in media, defamation and reputation management and sports law. Rupinder serves on the Membership and Sanctions Committee, Nominations Committee and Women’s Football Board.

Independent Non-Executive Directors

Kate Tinsley
Kate was appointed onto The FA Board in October 2017 and has been the Safeguarding Champion since April 2019. As an FA qualified coach Kate is passionate about ensuring that children and adults at risk play in a safe, inclusive environment and naturally focuses in on questions in this area. Kate is currently Chief Executive Officer at MKM Building Supplies, having previously been the Divisional Managing Director of Ibstock Plc and prior to that led the Buildbase Group as Chief Executive Officer. She’s also served in senior finance roles at Saint Gobain, BSS PLC, and Grafton Group PLC. Kate serves on The FA Remuneration, Nominations and Group Audit Committees, as well as the Grassroots Advisory Panel.

Tim Score
Tim was appointed onto the Board in July 2021 as the interim Senior Independent Director. Tim chairs British Land and is the Senior Independent Director of Pearson. He is a non-executive director at HM Treasury and on the Board of the National Theatre. He retired as Chief Financial Officer of ARM Holdings in 2015 and held senior financial roles at the Rebus Group, William Baird Plc, LucasVarity Plc and BTR Plc. Tim chairs the Group Audit Committee.

Board Observers

Paul Elliott CBE
Paul joined us in 2014 as a member of the Inclusion Advisory Board and became its Chair in 2017. Paul is also a member of the FA Council. Paul enjoyed a successful playing career with Charlton Athletic, Luton Town, Aston Villa and Chelsea as well as spells in Italy with Pisa and Scotland with Celtic. Paul is a recognised advocate of inclusion, diversity and anti-discrimination in the game and leads our work in these important areas. He was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to equality and diversity in football.

David Gill CBE
David is formerly the chief executive of Manchester United and a former member of the Board and FA Council. David is currently a Vice-President of the UEFA Executive Committee. He was awarded a CBE in 2019 for services to football.

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