Working at The FA


Northumberland FA

Below you will find the members of staff who work within the organisation. If you wish to contact the staff directly please use the details attached to their profile.


The business development unit supports the growth of the company, helping us to invest more resource into the game than ever before, whilst also ensuring we communicate and gain feedback effectively from our customers.


John Ackerley

Chief Executive Officer

John has over 20 years experience of leadership in football. He has worked predominately as a County Development Manager, Regional Manager at The FA and as a CEO. In addition John has a desire for teaching and learning and has also taught within the education sector, coached football from grassroots to elite international level and has completed a Masters qualification in executive coaching and mentoring at Sheffield Hallam Business School. John has responsibility for Northumberland FAs business plan ensuring that the structure of the business allows us to maximise our investment in the game.  

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By Email:

By Phone: 0191 2700 700 

By Mobile: 07983957916


Andrew Cook

Commercial Manager

Andrew’s role is to oversee the running of the Business Development department, ensuring the correct strategic direction of the department is sustained. The Business Development unit oversees the commercial advancement of Northumberland FA through sponsorship, partnerships and marketing ventures, whilst also ensuring Northumberland FA meets its charitable objectives. Furthermore, Andrew is the CFAs Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer whom is responsible for safeguarding oversight in the absence of our Designated Safeguarding Officer. As of 2017 Andrew is also an FA qualified discipline secretary allowing him to sit on all County FA disciplinary proceedings.

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By Email:

By Phone
: 0191 2700 700 (option 5)

By Mobile: 07921144906

Football Administration

The administrative unit delivers the administration of player registration, club affiliation, league sanctioning, referee registration, coach and volunteer education amongst other functions in the company.

Lynn Barber

Head of Administration 

Lynn oversees all Coach Education administration and provides support to candidates.  She also helps with the administration of discipline, charter standard applications and also adult recreational football and is located at the reception on a daily basis.

Lynn's previous role was an Administrator for Staffordshire FA, but having lived away from Newcastle and moving around for the last 18 years she moved back to the North East in December to settle with family.

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By Email:

By Phone: 0191 2700 700 (option 1)

Dora Jakab


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By Email:

By Phone: 0191 2700 700 (option 1)


The football quality unit’s remit is to ensure that participants in the game have an excellent experience through the provision of a quality facility, quality referee and a well skilled volunteer workforce, including coaches.


Phil Robinson

Head of Football Quality

In 2003, Phil Robinson joined Northumberland FA on a voluntary basis, working for three years, helping to administer courses and running two successful football festivals. 

He joined the team full-time as a Football Development Administrator and in August 2015 was promoted to Football Development Officer, to head up Coach Education for Northumberland. This has involved maintaining an already successful Coach Education programme, targeting coaches already with the county and coaches starting their coaching journey. 

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By Email:

By Phone
: 0191 2700 700 (option 4) 

By Mobile

Scott Flynn

Scott Flynn

Facilities Officer

Scott joined the company in 2016 as Discipline Officer. He has now progressed into the role of Facilities Development Officer. Scott is responsible for assisting Clubs to improve their facilities, pitches and maintenance equipment. Scott works closely with strategic partners such as Sport England, Football Foundation, Local Authorities and the Institute of Groundsmanship.

Scott is also the main point of contact for the roll out of Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins).

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By Email:

By Phone: 0191 2700 700 (Option 4)



Referee Development Officer (RDO) - we are currently recruiting to this role

The role of the RDO is to recruit, educate, develop and support match officials throughout the county in line with the National Game Strategy. Working closely with the Referee Development Team, this includes overseeing the delivery of New Referee Courses, in-service training events, promotion schemes and Northumberland FA’s Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE).

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By Phone: 0191 2700 700


The football participation unit focuses on maintaining and increasing levels of participants in the male, female and game for people with a disability. The unit supports clubs and leagues and ensures we have appropriate and adequate player pathways for all participants.


Nicola Hepworth

Football Development Officer - Women and Girls

Nicola began work in a Women, Girls and Disability FDO role at Northumberland Sport in September 2003, before continuing her role at Northumberland FA in 2009. 

Her role at Northumberland FA changed in January 2017 to a Women’s and Girls’ FDO, meaning she now organises and develops football opportunities for females of all ages. Among other things, she provides this support through SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs, The FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway, a Girls and Women’s League and The Female Coach Mentoring Programme.

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By Email:

By Phone
: 0191 2700 700 (option 3) 

By Mobile: 07458043679

Football Compliance

Our football compliance unit works on ensuring the game is a safe place for people to participate. For any safeguarding concerns please email or call 0191 270 0700.


Angela Forster

Designated Safeguarding Officer (Head of Compliance)

Please use the contact details to the right in order to report any safeguarding concerns.

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Designated Safeguarding Officer:

Angela Forster

By Phone:0191 270 0700

By Email:


Adam Williamson

Discipline Officer

Having graduated from UCFB Etihad Campus with a First in Football Business & Coaching, Adam has a wide experience in the sports industry from coaching in the US with Challenger Sports, being  a performance analyst for England Netball and has most recently has worked with Manchester City to help produce their fan engagement events on match-days and around the world. As Discipline Officer, Adam processes all red and yellow cards, carries out investigations into misconduct cases, and processes football debt recovery requests.

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By Email:

By Phone: 0191 2700 700 (option 2 - option 1)

By Mobile: 07458043674  

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