Derby County Ladies Football Club is delighted to confirm a new Board of Directors to help oversee the growth and strategic direction of the club.

The new Governance Board will support and work in conjunction with the clubs existing Operational Board which carries out all day to day activities in the Club.

This exciting development formalises the link with the main Club and follows an announcement in March 2018, when Derby County Football Club announced it would be increasing its support of Derby County Ladies.

That enhanced support now sees the Ladies’ first-team training at the Derby County Training Centre, as the Ewe Rams continue to align themselves more closely to the main Club in terms of its governance structure.

The new Governance board consists:

Nick Britten, Chair, Managing Director of Another Voice and Director of Corporate Communications, Derby County Football Club

Faye Nixon, Vice Chair, Head of Marketing, Derby County Football Club

Sarah Bailey, Secretary, Corporate Solicitor, Geldards LLP

Claire Twells, Business Development Partner & Head of Debt Recovery, Smith Partnership

Stephen Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Derby County Football Club

Lauren Asquith, Club Development and Disability Manager, Derby County Community Trust

Michael Johnson, England Under-21 coach, former Derby County player, Derby County Football Club ambassador

Nick Britten said: “This is an extremely exciting time for Ewe Rams as we seek to move onto the next level. We are building on some already excellent, nationally-recognised work, and the expertise all members of the Board bring will help enable the Club to thrive, grow and remain sustainable in the long term, providing support across all aspects of the Club’s organisation.

“It also helps strengthen the link between the Football Club, the Ladies Football Club and the Community Trust, ensuring that although we are separate organisations, together we are all one Club.”

Derby County Ladies Chief Executive Officer, Duncan Gibb, said this latest development was exciting and clear evidence of the ‘One Club’ approach that the main club have been keen to imbed.

He commented: “Some truly amazing work has gone on behind the scenes in the last few years that has seen the Club regularly recognised as a best practice model through various FA Awards. The main club have been incredibly supportive during that time and formalising that link provides tangible evidence of the Clubs holistic one club approach. This announcement is a landmark day in the proud history of Derby County Ladies FC.”