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Umar Akhtar has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the BAFA Board and Chair of the Audit Committee!

Umar Akhtar has over 20 years of experience working as a professional within the worlds of finance and programme management. His experience spans from small corporates to a FTSE100 retailer. He has successfully led programme teams in delivering business and technical change for Tesco, and holds professional qualifications in both accountancy and programme management. He will now be appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the BAFA Board and Chair of the Audit Committee.

With over a decade of experience as a trustee and treasurer of sports-based charity the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation. Umar helped the organisation promote diversity and inclusion in sport as well as strengthening the organisation from a financial and governance perspective.

Umar Akhtar said: “I am delighted to be joining BAFA at such an exciting time. The 10-year vision demonstrates the ambition that BAFA has to professionalise the sport and inspire people to play the game. Sport has always played a key role in my life. My experiences through playing sports, as well as serving as a trustee for a sports charity, have shown me the power that sport has in changing lives and transforming our communities. I look forward to actively contributing to BAFA’s growth and fostering an inclusive and safe environment to enjoy playing American football.”

Nichole McCulloch, BAFA Chair, said: “Umar is a great addition to the BAFA Board and brings a fantastic range of experience, from his finance and programme background to his time developing the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation. I look forward to working with Umar as we continue to grow our sport.”

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