Dame Sue Campbell

Posted 21.04.2020

Giving girls the same opportunities in football as boys is certainly close to the heart of my guest today. Dame Sue Campbell is Director of Women’s Football at The FA and regarded by many as one of the most respected women in sport.

Sue began her career as a PE teacher in the early seventies, before going on to lecture in PE at Loughborough and Leicester Universities. She was CEO at the National Coaching Foundation (where we first met in the early 1990’s) in 1995 Sue helped found The Youth Sport Trust and went on to be CEO and then Chair for many years. Sue was Chair of UK Sport from 2003 and 2013, overseeing a step change in the delivery of British medals at the Olympics and Paralympics.

In 2008 Sue was appointed to the House of Lords as a Cross Bench Peer and earlier this year she became a Dame in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Sue shares how being a PE teacher shaped her entire career, what it took to persuade her to join the FA and how what is happening in women’s football today will help change lives more broadly across the UK.