Dame Heather Rabbatts, DBE

Chair, Vero Communications
Former Director, FIFA

“Shaping the World Together,” the Washington Institute Podcast Series, is pleased to welcome Dame Heather Rabbatts, DBE.

Heather Rabbatts trained as a barrister but made her name as the youngest local authority chief executive and went on to run the London boroughs of Lambeth, Merton, and Hammersmith and Fulham. She was Executive Deputy Chair of Millwall F.C. from 2006 until 2010 and in 2012 she became the first female board member of the Football Association, serving on the Remuneration Committee. Heather has held challenging positions in both the private and public sector. She made headlines when she took over at Lambeth, seen as the worst council in London, and again at Millwall FC. In each case she succeeded in regenerating embattled organizations. She is a currently trustee of the Royal Opera House and is on the boards of Crossrail and the UK Film Council. She has held a number of senior positions including governor of the LSE and the BBC, and trustee of the British Council.

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