Joan Mills is the new England Netball President ©England Netball

Joan Mills has been announced as the new President of England Netball.

Mills, who is an England Netball honorary life member, takes over from Lindsay Sartori, who has stepped down from the voluntary role after five years.

England Netball chair Colin Povey declared the organisation was "delighted" to have appointed Mills.

"She is a huge advocate for the sport and has contributed massively over the years in many different roles," Pavey said.

"She continues to promote and drive forward the game at a grassroots through to elite level and has played a part in numerous major competitions over the years, I have no doubt she will continue to be a huge asset for England Netball. 

"I’m excited to have her continue to help us build on our recent successes and look forward to working with her.

"We are of course sad to see Lindsay go from the position, her input has been invaluable during her time as President. 

"She chaired the National Heritage and Archive Group, she’s championed the contributions of our many volunteers and hosted visiting nations during the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup, plus much more. 

"Lindsay has volunteered in the sport for over 40 years so I’m sure she’ll still have a strong presence within netball moving forward."

Joan Mills was a technical delegate at the 2019 Netball World Cup ©Getty Images
Joan Mills was a technical delegate at the 2019 Netball World Cup ©Getty Images

Mills, who was given a Member of the British Empire award in 2016, is a former England Netball chair.

She was also an International Netball Federation technical delegate at both the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2019 Netball World Cup, played in Liverpool.

"I am passionate about the sport of netball and want to see England be number one in the world, not just in world rankings, but as the number one women’s sport in the eyes of the media and general public from participation numbers, volunteering, officiating at all levels from grassroots to top level competition in the Premier and Vitality Netball Superleague," Mills said.

"I have high hopes and ambitions for the sport and am excited to get started in this new role."

England finished third at their home World Cup last year, which was won by New Zealand.