Denise Richmond elected as Kent FA Chair and becomes the only female County FA Chair across England

Thursday 06th August 2020

The Kent Football Association appointed Denise Richmond as their new chair last night – and will be the only female chair among 50 County Football Associations in England.

Richmond was elected to the Kent FA Council in 2001, becoming a board member in 2017.

She began her football volunteering when she became secretary of Greenwich Borough Football Club in 1988. She was then elected as a league representative of the then Kent League in the early 90s and has been elected annually as chairperson of this League (now Southern Counties East) for the past 10 years.

Her many roles have given her extensive experience of working alongside officers and elected representatives at The Football Association and the Kent Football Association, as well as leading the Southern Counties East Football League to be part of the National League System.

Richmond joins the Kent FA as Chair following a difficult period for grassroots football with COVID-19 suspending all competitive footballing activity for four months in March. 

“I am honoured and very proud to have been elected as Chair of the Kent FA: a strong, well run and forward-looking football body,” Richmond said in a statement on the Kent FA website.

“I will endeavour to continue the good work that my predecessors have done and ensure that the association and football grows and develops even though we are in, and facing, challenging times. 

“I look forward to working with my fellow Directors, along with our volunteers and members, to evolve and deliver a new “normal”. I would like to thank everyone in advance for their support as we make progress”

Richmond will replace Philip Smith who leaves the role of Chair of Kent FA after three years.

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