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Premier League: Ten female board members changing the face of football

Michelle, a keen football fan, was appointed non-executive director in 2016, a role designed to give insight from other sectors. But being the only woman in a male-dominated environment doesn’t bother her in the slightest.

“I just don’t think I’ve ever been cowed or scared by them,” she explains. “I do often think though: ‘How would men feel if they walked into a room and there’s 100 women in there?’

“But I never put myself in the frame of breaking down barriers, I just did what I did. I’m not hugely wedded to being liked and I think that’s helpful. At a senior level, when I’m wandering around the country I do often get asked whose wife I am.”

As part of her role Michelle has helped the club to increase its diversity of staff, added a new viewpoint in meetings and chairs the club’s women’s team.

She says: “Being not just a woman, but the age I am and the experience I have puts a different perspective on things.”

Rebecca Granovskaia Caplehorn

Job: Operations director

Club: Tottenham

Previously finance director at QPR, Rebecca joined Spurs in 2014 after being head-hunted by the club.

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