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Board and Staff

Meet the team at North Riding FA

board members

PROFESSION: Retired Civil Engineering Project Manager now working part time as a Project Management and Planning Consultant.

BACKGROUND: Apprentice Trained Carpenter, qualified as a Bridge and Building inspector before undertaking Civil Engineering and Project Management Qualification’s, worked within the Rail Industry for 42 years Project Managing for 25 years.  Football Coach, Referee, Welfare Officer, Discipline Panel member and holder of a Diploma in Sports Psychology.

CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN FOOTBALL: North Riding FA – Director, Chairman, Discipline Chairman, Rules and Sanction Reviewer, North Riding League Treasurer and Youth Team Physio. 

York and District Football – Chairman of the Mitchell/Ryedale, City of York Girls and U19’s Leagues, York FA District Secretary, York Referees Association Welfare Officer and Rules and Sanctions advisor to York Minster Engineering League.


PROFESSION: Chief Executive Officer of North Riding FA

BACKGROUND: Worked at North Riding FA since 2005 initially joining as a Football Development Officer before spending 7+ years as the County Development Manager. Previously worked in the Sports Development Team at the City of Sunderland Council. Steven is an FA Safeguarding Children Tutor and FA Level 2 qualified coach.

CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN FOOTBALL: Working 24/7 to support football in North Riding.

PROFESSION: Former Local Authority Director, currently an Events Management Consultant.

BACKGROUND: Coached football to boys / girls and adults for 35 years.

CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN FOOTBALL: Board Safeguarding Champion for North Riding FA. Currently manager of Bedale Town FC and Trustee of Bedale Junior Football Club.


PROFESSION: Accountant

BACKGROUND: Spent 11 years working at Chipchase Manners & Co, Middlesbrough before leaving to set up own firm. Broom Sturman & Co was formed in 1992 with Allan Sturman and has operated from an office in Acklam since then.

CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN FOOTBALL: Association with North Riding FA goes back over 30 years, initially as honorary auditor. Lifelong Middlesbrough FC fan and season ticket holder.



BACKGROUND: Formerly served in the Armed Forces and spent 40 years working in the Oil Industry.

CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN FOOTBALL: Chairman of North Riding FA Referee Development Working Group, Level 5 Referee, FA Referee Tutor.


PROFESSION: Semi retired

BACKGROUND: Financial Consultant

CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN FOOTBALL: A member of the North Riding FA Referees, Youth and Cup Competitions Committees.  Secretary of The Wensleydale Association Football League.


PROFESSION: Experienced Football Executive.

BACKGROUND: 25 years + in professional football. Formerly Managing Director of England National Teams and FA Director of Communications - including working at five FIFA Men's World Cups; three UEFA European Championships; Women's World Cups; U21 and Development tournaments. Managed own Sport & PR Consultancy for three years - working with numerous high profile clubs, owners, agencies and federations across the sports industry.

CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN FOOTBALL: Head of Recruitment Operations - Middlesbrough Football Club

PROFESSION: Head of Business Development at TransUnion.

BACKGROUND: Born in York where I still live today, grew up as a Sunderland fan living in Copmanthorpe and have been involved in grassroots football for 27 years as a player, coach and manager.  Attended York College to complete a HND in Sports Science before graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BSc (HONS) in Consumer Marketing.  Since then I have spent 15 years working in a variety of marketing, sales and commercial roles across the credit reference / data industry.  Alongside my work I’m studying for a Masters in Sport Directorship (MSD) at Manchester Metropolitan University focussing on Personal Leadership to Shape, Inspire and Develop; Leading a High Performance Sporting Organisation; Masterminding Innovation & Change and Sports Governance & Best Practice. 

CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN FOOTBALL: Currently coaching & managing Copmanthorpe FC U14’s in the YMSV York Minor League.


PROFESSION: Head of Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation

BACKGROUND: After completing a BSc in Psychology from Sheffield University in 2005, Helena joined MFC Foundation. Whilst at MFC Foundation Helena has completed a PGCE and Masters in Education. Starting employment as a Youth Engagement Worker, Helena now heads up the Foundation and a team of 50+ staff. She is a keen netballer and has a passion for the power of sport to change lives. Helena joined the Board of North Riding FA in 2017 and

CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN FOOTBALL: Chair of the North Riding FA Inclusion Advisory Board.

North Riding FA Staff Members

Chief Executive
Steven Wade

Football Operations and County Welfare Manager (Currently on Adoption Leave)
Jennie Bennett

Referee Development Manager
Ross Joyce

Football Development Manager
Andy Clay

Football Operations Officer (Discipline) 
Lesley Clark

Football Operations Officer (Finance)
Aimee Leonard

Football Development Officer
Donna Crowthers

Football Development Officer
Jasmine Morris

Assistant Designated Safeguarding Officer
Clair Shield

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