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Heather Rabbatts (CBE BA MSc) has set herself a new challenge as she settles in to the daunting life of being one of the few women to hold a position on the board of a football club.

Heather, 51, has an extremely varied background of achievement. Her CV shows spells as a barrister, BBC Governor, youngest-ever Chief Executive of Merton and Lambeth Councils, Head of Education at Channel 4, a Director of the Bank of England, Board Member of the UK Film Council, governor of the London School of Economics (where she was educated), trustee of the British Council and founder of her own internet company. At Channel 4, as Head of Education, her first major commission was Twelfth Night, with Chiwetel Ojifor and Parminder Nagra, followed by the Emmy Award-winning 'Illustrated Mum'.

It is, however, her latest role as Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman of Millwall Football Club that may prove her biggest challenge yet. Few women are welcomed into the world of football, far fewer of mixed race who admit to knowing next to nothing about football. But the vivacious, Jamaican born mum asserts, "I'm an unusual person and I love a challenge". She also spends some of her time working with writers and directors on new film and TV projects at Tiger Aspect.

Heather has regularly been interviewed on BBC radio, on issues ranging fromsocial justice, education, and of course, more latterly, football she has also appeared on BBC TV's Question Time. She is frequently asked to speak at conferences and will shortly be participating in a conference which will focus on the Future of Women in Sport at the Emirates Stadium.

Famed for taking on "the worst job in local government" and now "the worst job in football", Heather credits her robust nature to the influence of her Jamaican mother, Cynthia - one of the first black fashion models in the United States.

So how does a woman with so much on her shoulders unwind? In her limited spare time Heather enjoys good food, wine and stress reducing shopping trips. She also has a son, who she loves spending time with.

Heather was awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year Honours and DBE in the 2016 New Year Honours, for services to Football and equality.

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