West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady lands prestigious award

PUBLISHED: 12:03 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:05 08 March 2017

Karren Brady CBE accepting a glass award for the Most Influential Woman in Football

Karren Brady CBE accepting a glass award for the Most Influential Woman in Football

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The vice-chairman of West Ham United has been named the most influential woman in football.

Karren Brady, who also stars in BBC’s The Apprentice, was presented with The Football Pools award and a £5,000 donation, which was made to her chosen Wellbeing of Women charity, as part of International Women’s Day.

Since joining the Hammers in January 2010, the businesswoman has masterminded the London Stadium move and overseen the club’s rapid financial growth into one of Europe’s top 20 clubs.

“It’s a great honour to receive this award and my sincere thanks go to everyone who took the time to vote,” she said.

“To top a poll of what I am delighted to say is now an ever-growing group of distinguished and talented influential women in the game, is more than I could have imagined a quarter of a century ago when I first started kicking down doors.”

Karren stole the show by receiving 42 percent of the vote, with BBC broadcaster Gabby Logan taking second place, ahead of Soccer AM host Helen Chamberlain, England Ladies’ captain Steph Houghton and former England boss Hope Powell.

“I say it often but there is still a lot of work to be done - My hope is that the talented women on this list will continue to pave the way and open doors for others to follow,” she said.

“My ultimate aim is to see more women occupying executive positions throughout the business community helped by those who led the way.

She added: “There are more women occupying key roles within the game than ever and to be recognised among them makes me extremely proud.”

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