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United appoint first-ever female vice-president

27 October 2018

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Beverley Webster, a well-known figure in business, health and charity sectors, has taken up the post joining seven other vice-presidents at Sheffield United.

Graham Moore, senior vice-president, pictured with Beverley, said: "We welcome Beverley as someone who is well-respected for her outstanding work in a number of sectors. She will be a valuable addition at the Club, bringing diversity and quality to the team of VPs."

Beverley said: "I think the VPs have a fantastic role to play in the community on behalf of the Club both working collaboratively with local business but also critically in the support our Foundation gives to young people in the city."

Educated at Sheffield High School for Girls, Beverley joined her father's engineering design firm, Webster Machine Company, during a year out before starting a university Psychology course - but remained with the company for the next 25 years, starting as an accounts clerk and working though all aspects of company activity before being appointed Managing Director.

Identifying a need to diversify, she helped establish a market presence in the civil sector and oversaw sales on several high-profile contracts including the Channel Tunnel, Heathrow Express and the Jubilee Line extension.

Outside the company, as Vice President of the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC), Beverley presented to the Trade and Industry Select Committee's review of the UK coal industry. She was subsequently elected ABMEC President, becoming the youngest person, and the first woman, to hold this position and led missions to Russia, India, Poland, Vietnam, China and Australia.

She also held the position of Chair of both the Indo-British Coal Forum, and the UK Coal Association.

Beverley was awarded an OBE at the age of 40 in the Queen's Honours list in 1998 for services to the coal industry.

She formed independent financial advisers Prosperis Limited in 2000. Shareholding in Prosperis was acquired by a co-director in 2010, when she joined Malaczynski Burn investment consultants in her current role as a director and shareholder.

Having served as a Non-Executive Director at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for six years, Bev has just been invited to serve a further three-year term.

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