A Woman In A Mans(field) World?

Mansfield Town have a new CEO, a 29-year-old who has a politics degree and has previously worked for some big fashion brands. Succeeding Steve Barker, the previous CEO, who has now moved on to a new role with Stags chairman John Radford’s company, the new appointee is keen to start working with local businesses, increase gates, work with the fans – you know, the usual stuff. It is a rite of passage that all new CEOs seem to have to go through these days. At twenty-nine years of age, the newcomer at the Conference Premier side is one of the youngest in that role in the country and the press release on the club’s website is full of promising quotes, such as: “I intend to add vibrancy and fresh ideas to our approach off the field” and “Having attended numerous fundraising events, organised by the club’s supporters groups, I am well aware of the passion and enthusiasm that the fans have to see the Stags succeed.” Oh yeah, there’s one other thing. The new CEO is a woman, and Carolyn Still is her name. She’s got blonde hair and is a bit more photogenic than the average football director. And so the usual comments begin. As the excellent Too Good To Go Down points out there is much written about the lack of managers, CEOs and directors from ethnic minorities and the need to...

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