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Lancashire FA Staff

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Meet the Lancashire FA team!

Here you can learn more about our hard-working staff, and find out who to contact for a particular query.

If you would like to speak to someone directly, please call us on 01772 624000, and one of our friendly receptionists Kirsten or Linda will put you through.

If you still aren't sure who would be best-placed to answer your question, drop us an email at info@lancashirefa.com and we'll make sure it gets forwarded on to the right person.

chief executive

Simon Gerrard

Simon Gerrard

Interim Chief Executive

I was appointed as Interim CEO at Lancashire FA in April 2018. I’ve worked with the Football Association Group for 18 years and undertaken multiple roles, most recently as the National Schools Manager at the FA. I’ve also worked as Team Manager for a number of the England Disability Squads – supporting the Partially Sighted Team to a World Cup bronze medal in 2008 – as well as the England Futsal Squad. During my time as Chief Executive Officer at Cheshire FA, I was successful in modernising the Association, developing the business model to be one of the most successful in English football and introducing various commercial initiatives in order to achieve business growth. I’ve also spent time in the private sector developing a third generation climbing centre, offering a unique climbing experience from all ages and abilities.

Phone: 01772 624000 | Email: simon.gerrard@lancashirefa.com

football development department

Iain Kay

Iain Kay

Football Development Manager

My role is to develop, maintain and deliver the FA National Game Strategy here in Lancashire. This involves line managing the Football Development team in delivering the National Game Strategy, Whole Sport Plan & Facility targets across Lancashire. I've worked at the Association for nine years, and took up my current role in 2016. I'm a season ticket holder at Preston North End and my family has held shares in the club since it was formed in 1882. I'm also a keen runner and completed the Preston Half Marathon as part of the Preston Guild in 2012.

Phone: 01772 644269 | Email: iain.kay@lancashirefa.com

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Shaun Burke

Facilities and Investment Officer

I help support clubs looking to apply for grants to improve their ground or pitches, and offer general advice to those aiming to invest in and improve facilities. 

Phone: 01772 282759 | Email: shaun.burke@lancashirefa.com

Nick Birchall

Nick Birchall

Football Development Officer (Education)

I work with universities, colleges and schools across Lancashire, and lead on the Club Charter Standard programme, as well as the Junior Football Leaders course and futsal coaching courses. Additionally, I'm the main contact for clubs in Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and the Preston boroughs. I've worked at Lancashire FA for three years and outside of my job, I'm an FA Coach Mentor and a grassroots football coach. I'm also a Blackburn Rovers fan.

Phone: 01772 282757 | Email: nick.birchall@lancashirefa.com

John Treacy

John Treacy

Football Development Officer (Leagues)

My job involves rolling out a variety of programmes and strategies in order to support our member leagues and the clubs they support, such as the FA Charter Standard League programme, the FA Youth Review and Player Registration. I also oversee rules & regulations, support participation in the adult/youth 11v11 game and lead on Respect. I've worked at Lancashire FA for 10 years and have been involved in grassroots football for 30 years in a variety of roles, including league and club chairman. Outside of the job, I support Bolton Wanderers, and was responsible as an official and founder member of the Police Roll of Honour Trust in helping set up the National Police Memorial Monument in London, in remembrance of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Phone: 01772 644273 | Email: john.treacy@lancashirefa.com

Iain Mackie

Football Development Officer (11v11/Recreation)

Since I joined the Association early in 2017, my aim has been to support the development of adult football using recreational and flexible football formats, to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy the beautiful game in Lancashire. On top of that, I would be the area contact for clubs from Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Rossendale and Greater Manchester. I'm from Suffolk so I'm a fan of the mighty Ipswich Town - and an interesting fact about me would be that I spent my teenage years living in Madagascar and Kenya!

Phone: 01772 644270 | Email: iain.mackie@lancashirefa.com

Michael Nadal

Michael Nadal

Football Development Officer (Women and Girls)

I've worked at the Association for over 10 years. My role is to lead on our Women and Girls Football programmes, such as the Wildcats Clubs, and help support new projects which engage female participants in Lancashire. I'm also the contact for clubs in West Lancashire, Wigan, South Ribble, Chorley, St Helens and Sefton. Elsewhere, I'm the vice chairman of Lancashire Schools FA and a coach with Lancashire Schools FA Girls. I've been a season ticket holder at AFC Telford United for 25 years and also follow Newcastle United, and my spare time is spent with my three-year-old daughter Courtney and planning my wedding to my fiancee Louise!

Phone: 01772 644279 | Email: michael.nadal@lancashirefa.com

Andy Whitaker

Andrew Whitaker

Football Development Officer (Disability and Inclusion)

I've been working here for four years, and I help to make sure that football is as inclusive as possible for people from all communities within Lancashire. I lead on the Disability Workforce Fund, oversee the Lancashire FA Ability Counts League and work to land national FA projects within Lancashire with a focus on disability/impairment. I also support the County FA (Inclusion Advisory Group) and lead on walking football. I'm the contact for clubs in Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle too. I support Burnley and am a disabled powerlifter; I compete against people without a disability or impairment and am currently British, European and world champion with a record of 210kg.

Phone: 01772 644263 | Email: andrew.whitaker@lancashirefa.com

Tony Callister

Tony Callister

Football Development Officer (Barrow & Lancaster)

My role involves offering support, advice and guidance to clubs in Barrow, South Lakes, Lancaster and Morecambe. I've worked at Lancashire FA for 14 years and I'm also involved in football elsewhere as Head of Performance at Barrow AFC. I'm a Manchester City fan and also enjoy playing the drums and singing - heavy metal music is my guilty pleasure!

Email: tony.callister@lancashirefa.com

Leigh Jeffrey

Leigh Jeffrey

Football Development Apprentice (Disability and Inclusion)

I support Andrew Whitaker in growing new teams and creating an inclusive environment for all, administering our disability leagues and supporting teams with the Whole Game System and player registration. I've worked at Lancashire FA for one year and am heavily involved in football outside of my job; I'm an FA Level 1 coach at Gillibrand Warriors U9s, a Level 7 referee and a player for Accrington Stanley Ladies. I also enjoy watching Manchester City Women.

Phone: 01772 644276 | Email: leigh.jeffrey@lancashirefa.com

Jack Gardner

Jack Gardner

Football Development Apprentice (Schools)

I started at Lancashire FA in August 2017 and my role involves supporting Nick Birchall in working with schools, universities and colleges. I'm a Liverpool fan and also play football for Thornton Cleveleys.

Phone: 01772 624000 | Email: jack.gardner@lancashirefa.com

Coaching department

Colin Greenall

Colin Greenall

Coach Education Manager and Apprenticeship Programme Manager

I manage and oversee the delivery of our coach education courses as well as our Apprenticeship Programme. I've worked at Lancashire FA for the past 13 years, and prior to that I was fortunate enough to be a professional footballer for 20 years. I always keep an eye on how my former clubs Preston North End, Blackpool and Wigan Athletic are doing, and you can often hear me summarising matches live on on BBC Radio Lancashire. 

Phone: 01772 282763 | Email: colin.greenall@lancashirefa.com

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Justyna Demuth

Senior Coach Education Administrator

I've been working at Lancashire FA for nine years, and my role involves administering the FA Level 2 and the FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football courses. I am also the main contact for the FA Level 1 and Level 2 in Coaching Goalkeeping courses, the FA Coaching Disabled/Blind/Deaf Footballers courses and the FA Junior Football Leaders course, as well as CPD events. 

Phone: 01772 644274 | Email: justyna.demuth@lancashirefa.com

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Andrea Gratton

Coach Education Administrator

I am the main contact for enquiries related to the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course, as well as the FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid, FA Safeguarding Children and FA Welfare Officer workshops. I've been working at the Association for three years.

Phone: 01772 644261 | Email: andrea.gratton@lancashirefa.com

Andy Watson

Andrew Watson

Apprentice Mentor

I've been working at Lancashire FA for six years, and four of those have been in my current role, which is to plan, deliver, support and grow our PE and School Sport Apprenticeship Programme. I'm also a semi-professional footballer, though I'm currently working my way back from injury - I enjoyed experiencing two promotions and an FA Cup run with Curzon Ashton. I'm involved in football elsewhere as an FA Level 1 and Level 2 coach educator for grassroots coaches, and support Manchester United too.

Phone: 01772 644262 | Email: andrew.watson@lancashirefa.com

Referees department

Lewis Smith

Lewis Smith

Referee Development Officer

I've worked at the Association for just over a year, and am responsible for the recruitment, retention and development of all referees at both the grassroots and elite level in Lancashire. I lead on the development of all referees within the county, including those who are looking to progress through the refereeing pyramid to the higher levels. I am also responsible for promoting refereeing within the female game and helping to support our referees so their experience as a match official is enjoyable. I'm a Level 3 referee myself and officiate in the Northern Premier League and the National League. Outside of work, I follow Wigan Athletic as well as NFL team Miami Dolphins. 

Phone: 01772 644277 | Email: lewis.smith@lancashirefa.com

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Lindsay Astin

Referee Development Administrator

I support our Referee Development Officers Lewis and Sam in my role organising and administering Referee Education Courses across Lancashire. I am the main contact for the FA Referee Courses run by the Association.

Phone: 01772 644278 | Email: lindsay.astin@lancashirefa.com

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Eddie Wolstenholme

Referee Development Consultant

I manage the Department's funding and budget, and am involved in appointing officials.

Email: ewolstenholme@pgmol.com

Neil Yates

Neil Yates

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Myself and my colleagues in the Safeguarding department are responsible for the safety and well-being of all under-18 participants in the county, and my role centres around this. I also deliver many of our free workshops around Lancashire, including the Adults in Junior Football workshop which I helped create five years ago, and I'm an FA tutor on our Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer workshops as well as our FA Referee Courses. I've been working for Lancashire FA for eight years and was previously a Football League assistant referee. Outside of the office, I'm a National Leader of Governance having been a school governor for 14 years, and Chair for five.

Phone: 01772 282756 | Email: neil.yates@lancashirefa.com

Chris Doherty

Chris Doherty

Designated Safeguarding Officer

I've worked here for seven years, and my role involves assisting with discrimination and equality complaints as well as supporting my colleagues Neil and Paul. I'm also a fully-qualified first aid instructor and an enhanced community first responder, and deliver the Association's free CPR/AED Awareness Training workshop to clubs in Lancashire. I'm an affiliated FA tutor for the Safeguarding Children, Emergency First Aid and Welfare Officer Workshops too. I'm involved in grassroots football elsewhere as a Club Welfare Officer and a goalkeeping coach. Elsewhere, I support Manchester United and also work as a freelance Health & Safety, Food Safety and First Aid tutor.

Phone: 01772 644264 | Email: chris.doherty@lancashirefa.com

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Safeguarding Support Officer

I assist my colleagues Chris and Neil in taking calls and responding to queries from clubs, leagues and participants regarding safeguarding in football within Lancashire.

Phone: 01772 624000 | Email: paul.smith@lancashirefa.com

Competitions department

Darren Swarbrick

Darren Swarbrick

Football Competitions and Services Lead

I oversee the administration of all Lancashire FA county cup competitions as well as the Lancashire FA Women's County League, and I also process all club affiliations every season. You may also see me on reception for matches at the County Ground. I've worked at Lancashire FA for four years and, outside my job here, I work in Talent Recruitment for the Academy at Blackburn Rovers, the club I support.

Phone: 01772 644266 | Email: darren.swarbrick@lancashirefa.com

Tim Tack

Tim Tack

Football Competitions and Services Officer

I support my colleague Darren with county cups and affiliations, and also look after tournament and league sanctions. On top of that, I am also in charge of 3G pitch bookings at the County Ground. I've been at the Association for one year and am also involved in football outside of my job here as a coach in women's football and men's futsal. I'm a Newcastle United supporter and enjoy trail and mountain biking in my spare time.

Phone: 01772 644267 | Email: timothy.tack@lancashirefa.com

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Hayley Mather

Discipline Manager

I'm the point of contact for discrimination or serious participant charges, and am also involved in the Board of Appeals, personal hearings and debt recovery. I've worked for Lancashire FA for over 12 years.

Phone: 01772 644268 | Email: hayley.mather@lancashirefa.com

Shaun Taylor

Shaun Taylor

Discipline Administrator

I support the department in a variety of roles including debt recovery and suspensions. I investigate all misconduct cases, and act as secretary on some personal hearings. I've been at the Association for three years, and outside of work I am a Level 4 referee and support Preston North End.

Phone: 01772 282760 | Email: shaun.taylor@lancashirefa.com

Connor Yates

Connor Yates

Discipline Apprentice

In my role I deal with cautions, red cards, suspensions, building and preparing of correspondence hearings, and discipline payments and acknowledgements. I've worked here for just over a year and I'm an Everton supporter.

Phone: 01772 644265 | Email: connor.yates@lancashirefa.com

commercial department

David Chell

David Chell

Head of Commercial and Operations

I joined Lancashire FA in May 2017 and work closely with the CEO, board, staff and other stakeholders to develop and drive forward our new five-year strategy. Previously I worked for Manchester City, Southampton and AFC Fylde, and some of the UK's leading sporting, visitor and leisure attractions. I am involved in grassroots football through my two sons and am passionate about making a difference in what we deliver as a County FA. I am responsible for all commercial and operations at the Association and always keen to speak to potential partners and sponsors.

Phone: 01772 282762 | Email: david.chell@lancashirefa.com

Bevan Middleton

Bevan Middleton

Head of Hospitality and Events

I joined the Association at the end of 2017. My role involves overseeing all events held at the County Ground, as well as organising hospitality including food & drink and room arrangements. Previously I worked at AFC Fylde's Mill Farm Sports Village, Ribby Hall and Contessa Hotels. Outside of work, I'm a Liverpool supporter and a keen motorcross fan.

Phone: 01772 624000 | Email: bevan.middleton@lancashirefa.com

Elisabeth Owen

Elisabeth Owen

Marketing and Communications Officer

I've worked here for just over a year, and my role involves running the Association's website and social media channels - you may spot me at a match Snapchatting the action or tweeting live updates! I also distribute press releases, oversee the Association's branding and marketing materials, and manage our journalism student volunteers. I'm an Aston Villa fan from the West Midlands and a big follower of F1 - I support Mercedes and have been to six live races, including the Azerbaijan GP and the Malaysia GP in 2017.

Phone: 01772 624000 | Email: elisabeth.owen@lancashirefa.com

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Joyce Pickles

Marketing and Sponsorship Consultant

I work with the Association's current partners and assist in bring in new sponsors, as well as helping to organise the commercial side of our major county cup finals.

Email: joyce.pickles@lancashirefa.com

office staff

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Kirsten Hunt

Office Administrator/Receptionist

I take calls and greet visitors at reception and provide administrative support to other areas, such as our Under 18 Representative Team. Additionally, I deal with room bookings, the Long Service Awards, ticketing and administration for our AGM. I've been working at the Association for 13 years and I'm a Blackburn Rovers fan.

Phone: 01772 644275 | Email: kirsten.hunt@lancashirefa.com

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Jane Wareing

Accounts Officer

I've worked here for two years, and my role involves managing the Association's accounts.

Phone: 01772 644271 | Email: jane.wareing@lancashirefa.com

Linda Threlfall

Linda Threlfall

Office Administrator/Receptionist

I work two days a week at Lancashire FA, taking calls and greeting visitors on reception as well as providing administrative support to the Competitions and Referees Departments. I originally joined the Association at the old Blackburn office in 1990 as former Chief Executive Jim Kenyon's secretary, before retiring at the end of 2015, but it wasn't long before I returned in April 2016! I've supported Blackburn Rovers from a young age - we used to get the bus to Ewood Park as did the players in those days!

Email: linda.threlfall@lancashirefa.com

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Dan Astin

County 6ixes Administrator

I've worked at Lancashire FA for 10 years, and my role involves administering fixtures and paperwork for our County 6ixes League, as well as inputting results and overseeing its financial aspects. I support Blackburn Rovers.

Email: daniel.astin@lancashirefa.com

facilities

Jim Parker

Site Facilities Officer

Phone: 01772 644272 | Email: jim.parker@lancashirefa.com

 

Keith Pownall

Site Officer/Groundsman

Email: keith.pownall@lancashirefa.com

Board

Mr Roger Haydock (Chairman), Mr Phil Brown, Mr Geoff Blakeley, Miss Arshia Hashmi, Mr Peter Thornton, Mr David West
 

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