Date of birth: 8 December 1966
Playing career: Millwall Lionesses LFC, Fulham LFC, Croydon LFC
Coaching career: England women
• Born in London, Powell started playing football aged 11 and was a talented midfielder who won the FA Women's Cup three times, in addition to the championship with Croydon in 1996, and was capped 66 times by England, scoring 35 goals, over the course of 15 years, playing in the 1984 European final and the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, reaching the last eight.
• In 1998 Powell was appointed England's first female national coach, initially running every team from the seniors down to youth. More recently she has overseen the launch of the new semi-professional summer FA WSL for eight leading clubs.
• She has led England to qualification for the UEFA European Women's Championship on three occasions, finishing runners-up in 2009, and in June will coach her nation at the World Cup for the second time, having reached the 2007 quarter-finals.
• In 2003, she was the first English female to earn the UEFA Pro Licence and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame, only the second women to be so honoured.
• She was appointed OBE in 2002, a prestigious British honour, upgraded to CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) last year.
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