Emma Hayes was appointed the first team manager of Chelsea Women in June 2012 and successfully lead them to the Women's FA Cup for the first time three years later. The team went on to gain the Women's Super League title in 2017 to complete a historic and memorable double. At the time, Emma was the only female manager in the league.
An accomplished public speaker, Emma has appeared at many conferences including the iconic Leaders in Sport, she is also a regular guest on Sky’s The Debate show and co-commentator on BBC 5live – Emma covered the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France with them.
In 2016, Emma was given an MBE for her services to football in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours, and in 2021 was awarded an OBE for the same reason.
Emma won a plethora of fans during her stint in the punditry seat and commentary box at Euro 2020. She appeared in ITV's pundit team during the tournament and her expert commentary earned her widespread praise and the 2021 Broadcast Sport Awards Pundit of the Year.
After completing the domestic quadruple with Chelsea; winning the FA Women’s Community Shield in August 2020, and then in 2021, retaining the FA Women’s Continental League Cup and Barclays FA Women’s Super League title, winning back the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, and reaching the Women’s Champions League final, Emma was crowned Best FIFA Women's Coach for 2021.
In 2022, Emma joined Harry Redknapp as assistant manager for Soccer Aid 2022.