Heather Rabbatts CBE (born 6 December 1955) is a Jamaican-born British lawyer, businesswoman, and broadcaster, who rose to prominence as Chief Executive of the London Borough of Lambeth, the youngest council chief in the U.K..
Early life and education
Rabbatts was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1955 and moved to England aged three. She left school with five O-levels and attended evening classes to study for A-levels. She attended the London School of Economics and became a barrister in 1981.
From 1987 she worked in local government, becoming Deputy Chief Executive of Hammersmith and Fulham in 1989. She became Chief Executive of Merton before being appointed to the post of Chief Executive of Lambeth in 1995. Under her charge Lambeth did not entirely shed its image of a poorly run council but was seen as more forward-thinking, dynamic, and youthful. There were significant improvements in housing, education, and council tax collection. She made her name as the youngest council chief in the country.
Directorships and oversight
In 2010 Rabbatts became a Trustee of Malaria No More UK and later took over as the Chair of Trustees.
On 3 May 2006 Rabbatts was appointed as the new Executive Deputy Chair of Millwall F.C., and on 27 October 2006 she was appointed as Executive Chairwoman of Millwall Holdings plc, taking over from Peter de Savary.
In October 2013 she criticised the make-up of the Football Association's commission to improve the national team as being "all-white, all-male"; Rio Ferdinand was subsequently added to the commission.
In April 2014 she was a judge in the BBC Woman's Hour power list 2014. 
Rabbatts was awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year Honours list.
- BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list
- The Independent: "A Jamaican-born tigress of the business world is daring to make her mark in a Lions' Den of football", 22 October 2006.
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/dec/22/football-association-heather-rabbatts-director Football Association names Heather Rabbatts as first female director. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/d7984e93#b012qn4z Desert Island Discs Heather Rabbatts. Retrieved 2011-07-29.
- "Woman's Hour Power List 2014 – the panel". BBC Radio 4.