The FA director of women's football, Baroness Sue Campbell, to retire from her role

Wednesday 20 Sep 2023
Baroness Sue Campbell first joined the FA in 2016 and will leave in 2024

Baroness Sue Campbell, our Director of Women’s Football, will retire from her role in 2024.

Sue, 74, joined in 2016, and has since led a team that has transformed the women’s game, including the success of our England teams, the redesign of the talent pathway, the growth of the Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Championship, the delivery of equal access for girls in the grassroots game, and a significant uplift in the quality and quantity of coaches and referees in the women’s game. She has also provided strategic leadership for Para football, championing and developing disability football in England.

FA CEO Mark Bullingham commented: "Sue has had a stellar fifty-year career at the heart of English sport. Her last eight years have been focused on driving the growth of the women’s game, and inspiring a new generation of players and fans. She has done an outstanding job, and we hope that she stays involved with women’s football when she steps down from her FA role next year.

"Sue’s current focus is on the vision, strategy and structure for the next stage of development for the women’s professional game, and she will continue to drive this in the months ahead, along with continuing her work on growing and championing Para football.

Baroness Sue Campbell will continue in her role until a successor is appointed

"These exciting times for the women’s game are testament to Sue’s brilliant leadership, total commitment and deep passion for the sport. We’ve been lucky to have her and will pay a full tribute to Sue, her unique and enduring contribution to the FA and her huge achievements when she retires from the FA next year."

Sue Campbell commented: "I have loved my time leading the women’s game in England and have been privileged and proud to work alongside so many talented people. We have had a shared mission and as a team we have taken the game to a new level.

"My focus now is the future of the women’s professional game, the continued drive for equal access for girls in schools and clubs, and the development of Para football. We have made tremendous progress to date but there is still more to do in the months ahead to ensure that we create a truly equitable game for all."

We will begin the process of recruiting Sue Campbell’s successor, with a view to appointing a new Director of Women’s Football in 2024. Sue will retire from her role once her successor is appointed and has joined the FA.

By Communications department