The appointment of Bateman, who has led the FA’s International Relations team for over two decades, coincides with a strengthening of ties between the museum and English football’s governing body.
In her time with the FA Bateman has built networks across European and global football, supporting major tournament bids and delivering programmes which explore the sport’s power as a vehicle for social change.
“During my time at The FA I’ve developed a keen interest in our heritage and bringing it to life for today’s and future generations. The National Football Museum does exactly that, and I look forward to supporting their team in delivering on their exciting strategic goals,” she states.
Aside from her FA role, Bateman serves as a trustee of the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation and was a non-executive director on the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Board for six years until 2018.
Ian Penrose, chairman of the National Football Museum’s Board, believes “ambitious plans” for the Manchester-based institution will be significantly strengthened with the addition of Bateman’s “extensive football experience and international networks”.
As curator of The FA collection, the National Football Museum will work directly with the Association to conserve its historic collection held at Wembley Stadium. The goal of the ever-strengthening partnership is to pool expertise in order to best celebrate football’s history and heritage by boosting public engagement.
More details regarding future collaborations will be released later in 2021.