Working at The FA

Staff

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.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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.

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ANdrew Rose-Cook

Executive Officer 

 

Andrew has worked for Northumberland FA since 2012 in a wide range of roles including Commercial Manager and Acting Chief Executive. He was appointed as Executive Officer in September 2020.

 

Get In Touch

By Email:
Andrew.Cook@northumberlandfa.com


By Phone
: 0191 2700 700

By Mobile: 07921144906

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Helen Beales

Marketing and Partnerships Manager

Helen's role is to promote the work of Northumberland FA and ensure it reaches as wide an audience as possible. She also looks after the association's key commercial partnerships.

A former journalist, Helen has wide ranging experience in PR and Marketing in both the private and public sector.

Get in touch

By email:

Helen.Beales@northumberlandfa.com

By phone: 0191 2700 700

Mobile: 07458 043680

 

Football PARTICIPATION

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.

David Jones

David Jones

Head of Participation

David joined Northumberland FA in November 2019. His role as Head of Participation is to oversee and develop football at all age groups across disability, female and male pathways. He also manages facilities provision.

He previously worked at Northumberland FA from 2013-2016 as the Just Play Officer, before working as the Sport Engagement Manager at Northumbria University and completing a Masters Degree in International Sport Management.

David has a wide knowledge of the sport industry and sport development. He has also worked abroad in health and sport in Canada and Zambia, is a Level 2 Football Coach, Level 1 Futsal Coach, and qualified football and futsal referee. Outside of his role, David volunteers in football as secretary of an adult club as well as playing every Saturday.


Get In Touch

By Email: 
David.Jones2@northumberlandfa.com

By Phone
: 0191 2700 700

By Mobile: 07458 043673

Gary MIddleton

Gary Middleton

Football Development Officer

 

Gary joined Northumberland FA from Gateshead Colllege where he was Head of the Men's Football Academy.

He leads on the development of the male pathway, as well as our coach and volunteer education programme.

Previously, he was Football Development Manager for Hirst Welfare/Active Northumberland for 12 years and was an Affiliate Tutor for Northumberland FA.

He is a UEFA A licence  coach with experience in varied different coaching environments through senior football, the youth development phase & the foundation phase, and has vast teaching and education experience and qualifications.

 

Get in Touch

By Email: 
Gary.Middleton@northumberlandfa.com

Mobile: 07736924860

Chris Kilburn

Chris Kilburn

Disability Football Development Officer

Chris joined Northumberland FA in September 2019. His role as Disability Development Officer is to develop and support disability football across all ages.

Chris has a BSc in Applied Sports Science and experience coaching football at grassroots level with Forest Hall, working with young players and adults at Newcastle United Foundation and assisting the FA where he coached the Regional Disability Centre in 2011/12.

In 2016 Chris began a career in teaching with 1-to-1 support for pupils in SEND/SEMH schools before returning to football with Northumberland FA. 


Get In Touch

By Email:
Christopher.Kilburn@northumberlandfa.com

By Phone
: 0191 2700 700

By Mobile: 07458 043681

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Nicola Hepworth

Football Development Officer 

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. 

Nicola's remit includes the female pathway, futsal and recreational football.

Get In Touch

By Email:
Nicola.Hepworth@northumberlandfa.com

By Phone
: 0191 2700 700 

By Mobile: 07458 043674

Alex Clark

Matt Sowerby

Referee Development Officer

Matt joined Northumberland FA in January 2021.  Matt has a wide background in football and has recently worked as a PE coach within a school.

He is an Assistant Referee for the National League and began his career as a match official at the age of 15.

 

Get In Touch

By Email: Matt.Sowerby@northumberlandfa.com

By phone: 0191 2700 700

Mobile: 07458 043676

Lee Scott

 Lee Scott

Assistant Referee Development Officer

Lee joined Northumberland FA on secondment in February 2020, and works closely with Alex to provide support and guidance to officials throughout the county. He has been a pivotal point of contact for our younger officials offering specific support and advice throughout this time. Lee also works for Northumberland Football Leagues as League Secretary.

Get In Touch

By Email:

Lee.Scott@northumberlandfa.com

By Phone: 0191 2700 700 

By Mobile: 07472 580680

Lynn Barber

Lynn Barber

Football Services Assistant

Lynn supports the Participation Department and undertakes all its administrative functions.

Lynn has been with Northumberland FA since December 2018 and her previous role was an Administrator for Staffordshire FA. Having lived away from Newcastle and moving around for the last 18 years she moved back to the North East  to settle with her family.

 

Get In Touch

By Email
Lynn.Barber@northumberlandfa.com

By Phone: 0191 2700 700

Mobile: 07458 043675

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 safeguarding@northumberlandfa.com or call 0191 270 0700.

Angela Forster

Angela Forster

Head of Compliance, Inclusion and Safeguarding

Angela heads up the County FA's work around inclusion, compliance and safeguarding, working closely with our Inclusion Advisory Group and across the footballing landscape within Northumberland to ensure our local game is truly for all.

 Angie can be contacted with any Safeguarding queries or concerns in the absence of Ray Johnstone, Designated Safeguarding Officer.

Get in Touch:

Designated Safeguarding Officer,

Ray Johnstone

ray.johnstone@northumberlandfa.com

safeguarding@northumberlandfa.com 
(for all safeguarding inquiries)

By Phone: 0191 2700 700

By Mobile: 07736924862


Ray Johnstone

Ray Johnstone

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Ray is a retired police officer who has served in Northumbria, City of London and Kent forces. Since he left the police he has worked extensively in safeguarding, including as a trainer and with sports bodies such as golf and ice skating. He was Welfare Officer at England Golf for England Girls U18 Squad.

A former semi-professional footballer, he is a qualified UEFA B coach and previously worked in Sunderland AFC’s youth set-up.

Ray will be the first point of contact for any safeguarding inquiries. 

 

 

 

Get In Touch

By Email:

ray.johnstone@northumberlandfa.com
safeguarding@northumberlandfa.com 
(for all safeguarding inquiries)



By Phone
: 0191 2700 700

By Mobile07736924862

 

Adam Williamson

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.

Get In Touch 

By Email:

Adam.Williamson@northumberlandfa.com

By Phone: 0191 2700 700

By Mobile: 07458 043674

Ellis Lander

Ellis Lander

Football Services Assistant

Ellis supports the Compliance Department and undertakes all its administrative functions.

 

He joined NFA from Essex County FA where he was Governance Administrator and previously worked in the IT events team for The FA at Wembley Stadium. He studied Football Business and Media at UCFB Wembley.

 

Get In Touch

By Email:
Ellis.Lander@northumberlandfa.com

By Phone
: 0191 2700 700 

By Mobile: 07458 043 677

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