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Jane Crombleholme appointed first Independent Chair of Manchester Football Association

Jane Crombleholme, Managing Director of Executive Education at Alliance Manchester Business School has been appointed as the first Independent Chair of Manchester FA

As Independent Chair, Jane will lead the Board to deliver the Manchester FA business strategy. The strategy aims to develop grassroots football across Greater Manchester and provide a fantastic experience for clubs, volunteers, and players. 

In addition to overseeing the affairs of Manchester FA, Jane will be responsible for ensuring the Board fulfil its duties and obligations for the effective governance of the Association. 

Jane is currently the Managing Director for Executive Education at Alliance Manchester Business School, which she will continue alongside her voluntary role with Manchester FA until she formally retires in 2024.

Jane said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Independent Chair for Manchester FA. Football is our national game and one which has a huge impact across all communities. As someone who was born and bred in Manchester and lived here for most of my life, I know the importance of grassroots football across our city and the role it plays in bringing people together. 

I particularly look forward to supporting our wonderful team of staff, volunteers, and players to further grow the numbers of people playing football and continue our journey to be a role model for inclusive sport.”

Manchester FA’s Chief Executive Officer, Colin Bridgford added: “We are delighted that Jane will be joining the Board.  Jane brings with her a wealth of experience, a passion for community work and volunteering and importantly, has a determination to ensure Manchester FA continues to grow and develop the grassroots game across Greater Manchester.”