Carrie Brown has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Football Writers’ Association (FWA).
Brown was elected unanimously at the FWA’s Annual General Meeting this week to become the first woman to hold the role and the first female chair of a major football organisation.
She boasts a wealth of experience in news and sport from her previous roles with Al Jazeera, Eurosport, ITN, ITV and Five News.
Brown joined beIN Sports in 2009 and has gone on to cover major events in the Champions League, Premier League, Six Nations championship, Olympics and more.
She succeeds Paddy Barclay in the role having been an FWA member for more than 10 years and an active member of the National Executive Committee for the past two years.
“It was first a considerable source of pride simply to be considered for membership of the Football Writers’ Association over a decade ago,” Brown told the FWA’s official website.
“In the past two years, I have witnessed and been wholly impressed by the drive and determination of Paddy to promote diversity within the FWA and especially among the Executive Committee.
“I am honoured to have been voted into the role of Chairman, but accept the position in the knowledge this role should have been taken by our late vice-chair Vikki Orvice.
“Vikki was an early and ever-present support and role model in my career. I will not try to emulate or follow her path, but I do hope I can make her and our members proud.”
Barclay has overseen a massive rise in the number and diversity of members over the past few years, with the FWA now boasting over 500 full and student members.
The veteran journalist believes that Brown’s election will help to drive further improvements in diversity in the industry over the coming years.
“Carrie will continue and enhance the development of the FWA in every sense,” he said.
“She has made a great impact on the organisation in a relatively short time and yet the energy she has put into this crucial contribution to our modernisation is balanced by a respect for history.
“Yes, we have made progress in terms of membership and, within that, diversity. But within the next few years progress will harden into true, undeniable and irrevocable character.
“Nothing could make me more certain of that than the election of Carrie Brown.”
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