By Tom Blackburn

Everton have announced Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale MBE as the newest member of their board of directors.

Barrett-Baxendale joined the Toffees in 2010 as chief executive of the Everton in the Community and also became the club’s chief operating officer in 2011, with responsibility for the Club’s HR, ICT, stadium operations and stadium safety and security teams.

The club announced on their official website on Tuesday that the Liverpudlian had joined the board, and welcomed her into the new role.

“I am so proud to have been invited to join the club’s board,” she said.

“I am very grateful to [chairman] Mr [Bill] Kenwright and [major shareholder] Mr [Farhad] Moshiri for giving me the opportunity to help achieve the owners’ and Directors’ ambition for Everton,

“This is something I am really excited by and a responsibility I take very seriously.”

Barrett-Baxendale will continue in her role as deputy chief executive officer of the club and will take up the new position of executive chair at Everton in the Community.

There have been a number of changes at Goodison Park this summer, with Alexander Ryazantsev and Robert Elstone also appointed following the takeover of Farhad Moshiri in February.

The addition of Barrett-Bacendale isn’t the best news that Blues fans have had today, after it broke that starman Romelu Lukaku is considering a dramatic U-turn to stay at the club.

In other Everton news, they are interested in a Euro 2016 star as Liverpool launch their move.