The Football Association board has appointed an Asian person to its board for the first time ever
By: Barfi Culture Team
Published: 22nd November 2017

The Football Association today announced it had appointed media lawyer Rupinder Bains to its board as a non-executive director. She will be the first Asian person, man or woman, to join the board in FA history.

The FA is the governing body for association football in England and responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game. It is the oldest such body in the world.

It recently introduced changes to ensure at least three members of its board would be women.

Rupinder Bains is managing director of the law firm Pinder Reaux & Associates Limited, who specialise in media, defamation and reputation management and sports law. She qualified in 1999 and set up her own firm in 2005.

She told Barfi Culture: "I am really honoured to be able to contribute to probably the most supported sport in the world!"

"Being Asian, I hope to be able to bring a new perspective to issues of real importance to the game," she added.

FA Chairman Greg Clarke added: "[Rupinder] brings to the Board a demonstrable track record of success in business and a good knowledge of football from her legal and commercial work. [She] will be an excellent addition to The FA Board and Council."

The Football Association board is comprised of ten members.

Baljit Rihal*, founder of the Asian Football Awards and CEO of Inventive Sports, told Barfi Culture her appointment was a "testament to her professional credentials".

"Of course this is also a proud moment for the Asians in Football movement as representation at this level from the community, who are most likely to participate in the game in England, has been virtually non existent," he added.

"My hope is that Rupinder's appointment acts as a catalyst for more Asians to aspire to involving themselves at top executive level within football," he added.

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Article published on 22nd November 2017 in the People section

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