Heather Reid


Heather Reid



Heather Reid AM is a pioneer in many areas of sport, particularly football. She has been a volunteer and professional administrator, as well as a University lecturer and consultant for 40 years during which time she’s created and developed significant opportunities for girls and women.

For the past twelve years, Heather was the Chief Executive of the ACT Football Federation (known as Capital Football) with responsibility for 20,000 players across 47 clubs. She was the longest serving CEO and the only female in such a role. For the past nine years, Heather also managed the highly successful Canberra United in the Westfield W-League.

Heather has a Graduate Diploma in Sport Management and is a graduate of the AICD. She is an Executive Member of the ACT Olympic Council, an Ambassador for Womensport Australia and a Board Member of the Burns Club. She has been engaged by FIFA as a mentor for female leaders and an Instructor to deliver administration courses.

She was inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame in 2007 and her influence as a leader and mentor was recognised by the ACT Chief Minister with a plaque on the Walk of Honour in Canberra. Heather was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2015 for her significant service to sport administration and as an advocate for gender equity. Her feminist goal has always been to lead by example and inspire other women and girls to realise their potential through sport and physical activity.




'I tried something a bit different with Heather.  I tried to paint the light washing over her face.  I also tried to paint the woman I know and respect for her long battle for recognition of women in sport.  If you look at her eyes and mouth you will see the cheeky grin is still there.'