Diversity, Growth, Sport Business | Aug 27, 2020

In the most recent edition of the Chain Conversations series, Nielsen Sports’ Jerome Quartey speaks with Vero Communications’ Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE

Having been interviewed by Facebook’s Anna Chanduvi in the last segment of the series, Nielsen Sports’ Head of Marketing for Europe Jerome Quartey takes the lead in our next conversation, speaking to Dame Heather Rabbatts, Chair at Vero Communications.

Dame Heather Rabbatts is a qualified barrister who became Executive Chairwoman of Millwall Football Club in 2006 following several roles in senior executive positions across government and broadcasting. Rabbatts became The English Football Association’s first female non-executive Director and Board member when she was appointed in 2012. Whilst at The FA, she served on the organisation’s Remuneration Committee and chaired The FA Inclusion Advisory Board. Rabbatts is currently both Chair at Vero Communications and Founder of Women’s Sports Group.

The conversation covers:

  • Rabbatts’ journey through the sports industry and into film production;
  • Addressing the inbuilt systems of discrimination within sport, the fact that diversity on the field of play is yet to transfer into the board room;
  • Navigating being the only person of colour in the room, and Rabbatts’ advice to the younger generation who continue to face this issue;
  • The journey to being confident in oneself, and the importance of it;
  • The leader who has most inspired Rabbatts.



Chain Conversations is part of the Leaders Meet: Diversity Series, in partnership with Facebook.

The programme brings together leaders from a variety of backgrounds across professional sport to share their personal stories of leadership and to reflect on their own career journeys, pinpointing the peaks and troughs, the helps and hinderances along the way.

Every other week the previous interviewee will become the interviewer as we hear inspiring stories from aspiring and senior leaders within the professional sports industry.

The aim is to inspire, to energise, and to showcase why diverse thinking – and diverse opportunity – makes for better business across sport and beyond.


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