Debbie Jevans (pictured), one of the key architects of the London 2012 Olympic Games, has been appointed as the first chairwoman of the English Football League, albeit on an interim basis.
Jevans replaces Ian Lenagan, who has stepped down from the role of chairman with immediate effect on Thursday, when he informed the EFL board of his decision not to run for re-election next year. He had been in the role since 2016, when he replaced current FA chairman Greg Clarke.
The search for a permanent replacement is underway, and it is currently unclear whether Jevans will apply for the position on a full-time basis. As well as her London 2012 experience, where she served as director of sport, Jevans is the current vice-chairwoman of Sport England, a director of the All England Tennis Club, and was the chief executive of the organising committee for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. A former professional tennis player, she was awarded a CBE for her work on the London Olympic Games.
Earlier this year, SportBusiness produced a special report looking at women in sport, which included an interview with the FA’s Marzena Bogdanowicz on the growing role of women in football.