BWSL and BWC clubs form new working group to shape the future of women’s pro game

Friday 24 Feb 2023

Representatives from the Barclays Women’s Super League (BWSL) clubs, Barclays Women’s Championship (BWC) clubs and the FA have set up a working group to develop a long term vision and an ambitious business plan for the women’s professional game in England.

The group consists of the Senior Executives of ten BWSL and BWC clubs, and will be led by Nikki Doucet, who has been appointed by the FA as an independent consultant to facilitate the working group.

Representatives on the working group are;

Paul Barber OBE – Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman, Brighton and Hove Albion
Baroness Karren Brady CBE – Vice Chairman, West Ham United
Omar Berrada – Chief Football Operations Officer, Manchester City
Diane Culligan – Chairwoman and Founder, London City Lionesses
Maggie Murphy – Chief Executive, Lewes
Steve Parish – Chairman, Crystal Palace
Christian Purslow – Chief Executive, Aston Villa
Martin Semmens – Chief Executive, Southampton
Patrick Stewart – Director, Manchester United
Vinai Venkatesham – Chief Executive, Arsenal (Chair of the working group)
Dawn Airey - Chair of BWSL and BWC Board
Baroness Sue Campbell – FA Director of Women's Football

Nikki Doucet brings a wealth of global experience in the sports business, in private equity, in investment banking and as an advisor and angel investor in several UK start-ups. She led the women's business in the UK for Nike and is passionate about working collaboratively with all stakeholders to grow the women's game.


By Communications department