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.
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 Phone: 0191 2700 700
By Mobile: 07983957916
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.
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.
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.
Andrew provides admin support for the department. He assists with administrating County Cups, Schools FA, FA Youth Team and is located within reception here at Northumberland FA.
Andrew previously studied Sports Science at Teesside University and went on to work with Blyth Spartans A.F.C before joining Northumberland FA.
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.
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 Phone: 0191 2700 700 (option 4)
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).
Referee Development Officer (RDO)Adam’s role 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). After conducting research funded by UEFA and supported by The FA to examine reasons why referees dropout of the game, Adam is able to employ evidence-based approaches in his practice. Nearing completion of a PhD, he is also an active Level 3 Referee and qualified Referee Tutor.
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.
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.
Our football compliance unit works on ensuring the game is a safe place for people to participate. For any safeguarding concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 270 0700.
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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By Email: Safeguarding@northumberlandfa.com
By Phone:0191 270 0700
By Mobile: 07458 043678
Discipline OfficerHaving 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.