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Board Of Directors

Meet Lancashire FA's Board Of Directors

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Roger is Chairman of Lancashire Football Association, having joined the Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director in 2010, and been Chair since 2015. He has a long history with the Association, having originally joined as Council Member and Area Rep in 2003, with involvement with the Youth Committee, where he eventually became Chair in 2010, until Council was dissolved in 2019.

Roger has had a long-standing football career and received The Lancashire Football Association ‘Order of Merit’ in 1998 and The FA Award for ‘50 Years’ Service to Football’ in 2014.

His senior football career started with Old Accringtonians in the Lancashire Amateur League from 1968, and he also played for the Lancashire Grammar Schools side in the 1963-64 season. Roger additionally played for Hesketh Casuals in the Lancashire Amateur League, retiring in 1991, having progressed from centre-half in the first team to goalkeeper in the fourth team, and playing in every position on the way up. Roger was a committee member for Hesketh Casuals from 1972-2003, with roles including Treasurer and Chairman, and was voted a Life-Member in 2004.

Since 1989, Roger has been a member of Southport Links Rotary Club and held the role of President in 2003-2004. Roger has a B.Arch (Wales) degree from Cardiff University and became ARIBA in 1971. He retired from his career as an architect in 2014.

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Arshia Hashmi

Arshia is a Non-Executive Director at Lancashire Football Association, having joined the Board in 2017. She is the youngest, first female and first Asian board member in its 130+ year history.

Arshia has significant experience in football governance; she has been appointed by the FA as Chair to its National Anti-Discrimination Panel and the FA General Appeal Board Panel, and on these appointments became the country’s youngest female panel member and the UK’s youngest Asian female member. Arshia is also a member of the FA’s Regulatory Commission, adjudicating on discipline matters at the highest level of English football.

For a number of years, Arshia has  coached and managed youth boys’ teams at grassroots level and, during this time, the club achieve FA Charter Standard status.

Outside of football, Arshia is a specialist immigration solicitor, advising businesses and individuals across a range of industries including engineering, manufacturing, digital technology and sports.

Arshia aims to encourage and promote diversity within the game, and put her expertise in equality, diversity and anti-discrimination to good use helping effect a positive change in both society, and sport.

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Craig Howard

Craig has been a Non-Executive Director at Lancashire Football Association since 2018. He has had vast involvement with football, with his early football career beginning with refereeing at the age of 14. He progressed to Level 4, aged 18, and officiated at Contributory and Supply League level within the football pyramid.

Craig is currently the Secretary of Croston Sports Club, who play in the West Lancashire League which operates at Step 7 of the National League System. He is also a member of the West Lancashire League Management Committee, holding the role of League Development Officer and having responsibility for the League’s development plan and funding initiatives.

Craig has a degree in Mathematics from The University of York, and is a Director at ABS Commercial Solutions, providing commercial support to Tier 1 Companies within the Construction and Support Services Sectors. He is a Liverpool FC supporter and, outside of football, enjoys watching most sports and has a particular passion for darts, visiting Alexandra Palace whenever he can
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Jackie Day-Garner

Jackie has been a Non-Executive Director at Lancashire Football Association since May 2020. She has coached both football and hockey in the UK and USA and worked for England Hockey as a Coach Education Tutor and Junior High-Performance Coach.

Professionally, Jackie is the Director of Business Development within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), having started as a Senior Lecturer in Sport Studies in 2001. She is responsible for the strategic implementation of business development activities in the areas of health and sport working with Health Education England, NHS Trusts, and sports organisations. Her role includes developing international and UK partnerships, partner colleges activities, leading the apprenticeship agenda and developing new business for the faculty. Jackie has extensive experience developing UK and international partnerships in countries such as China, Mauritius, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Jackie holds a BA(Hons) in Human Movement Studies from Carnegie School of Physical Education (Leeds Beckett University). She also holds a PGCE in Physical Education and an MSc in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health from Leeds Beckett University, and a PhD from Liverpool John Moores University, during which she investigated critical transition phases within elite women’s football from a European perspective.

Jackie is a lifelong Liverpool fan and is an active researcher in women’s football. Her article, ‘Women’s World Cup: why career options need to improve for these sporting superstars’discussing women’s football careers and options when they retire from the game, was well-received when published in The Conversation in June 2019 during the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup

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Mark Wild

Mark has been a Non-Executive Director at Lancashire Football Association since May 2020. He is a keen amateur footballer and is the current U8’s Coach at Gillibrand Warriors in Chorley. Passionate about finding new ways of supporting football in Lancashire, Mark is determined that the County is recognised as the world’s best at ensuring every young person enjoys their game in a safe and welcoming environment, and has the best opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Professionally, Mark is the MD for Wild5 Enterprises, providing business consultancy for the full spectrum of businesses from start-up through to preparation and business sale. He is passionate about Business Management and has significant experience in helping companies grow through strategic planning, people development, investment in IT and operations, all founded on secure financial disciplines. His background includes many years’ experience in the Construction and Pharmaceutical Industries.

Mark holds a degree in Mathematics with Business Management from Manchester University and gained a Post Graduate Diploma in HRM before qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2006.

As an Everton season ticket holder of almost twenty years, and England fan, Mark has a long-standing enthusiasm for football and, having experienced many highs and lows over the years, remains optimistic about having many more highs ahead


 Peter Thornton

Peter is the Board Safeguarding Champion of Lancashire Football Association, having joined the Board of Directors as a Non Executive Director in 2015. He has had a lifelong passion for football, and formerly represented Salford Boys and Lancashire Grammar Schools, as well as taking his first coaching badge at Sheffield Hallam University in 1978. When his sons also began playing, Peter joined Rossendale United Juniors and held the post of Vice Chairman from 1994-2015.

Peter was Vice Chairman and Welfare Officer of the East Lancashire Football Alliance from 2009-2019, during which the League was awarded FA Respect League of the Year for two years running in 2013 and 2014. He has recently also joined the committee of hometown club Ramsbottom United JFC.

Professionally, Peter has been a writer in advertising and events for over 40 years. He has won both national and international awards and has written extensively for football-based clients, including The Football Association, The Premier League, The National Football Museum, Manchester City, Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Leeds United. His notable projects include the launch of Microsoft Windows 2000, Commonwealth Games 2002, European Capital of Culture 2008 and Special Olympics 2019.

Peter is a season ticket holder at both Manchester City and Manchester City Women, and regularly attends with his grownup children, Jim, Sam and Lindsay.

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Stewart Kellett

Stewart has been a Non-Executive Director at Lancashire Football Association since May 2020. He has a wide-ranging background in sport in public, private and voluntary sectors, and a keen desire to create sustainable growth and development of football in Lancashire.

Professionally, Stewart is the CEO of Basketball England, the National Governing Body for Basketball, leading major changes at community and performance levels, and he is immensely proud of England Basketball’s silver medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Previously, Stewart was with British Cycling for 8 years as Director of Recreation & Partnerships, managing the BSkyB partnership changing cycling policy and culture in Britain and leading the Sky Ride campaign ‘Inspiration to Participation’. He was instrumental in reaching a new female audience and a leading spokesperson for cycling during the 2012 Olympics. Stewart has also worked at Sport England as a Regional Director and is the former CEO of Lancashire Sport.

Stewart is a keen sportsman, having competitively played badminton for Lancashire and Devon first teams. He has coached and run community clubs, as well as playing schoolboy and Preston & District youth football. Currently, Stewart is a keen cyclist, riding endurance events to keep fit. He is also a Team Manager and Match Analyst for Didsbury Hockey Ladies 1s. As a proud Lancastrian, Stewart has always followed local clubs, including Accrington, Preston, Burnley, Blackpool, Morecombe, Fleetwood and Chorley, as well as being a life-long supporter of Blackburn Rovers. He shares his interests in sports with his wife, Nicky, and three daughters