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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: Head of Business Operations & Community at Middlesbrough Football Club

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.

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.



National Programme Manager for CVD at The Academic Health Science Network 


Worked in the NHS and within the public health field since 2003, with roles including clinical care, health care service redesign, commissioning in primary and secondary care, as well as system leadership. This experience spans many different health and social care organisations including cardiothoracic surgery, Primary Care Trusts, Local Authority, Public Health England and more recently the Academic Health Science Network. Key topics led on within public health include cardiovascular disease, sexual health, health protection, mental health and suicide prevention. Passionate about public health, passionate about reducing health inequalities and the power that football and physical activity presents to improve people’s physical as well as emotional health and wellbeing. 

Current involvement in football

Currently manager / coach for Darlington Young Bulls U18s within the Teesside Junior Football Alliance.  



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.



Head of Operations Hartlepool United Football Club


Over 19 years experience in Operational and Commercial Management in hospitality, events and more recently, football. Having worked at Middlesbrough Football Club, Spennymoor Town FC and now Hartlepool united Football Club.

Current involvement in football

Commercial Director for the North Riding FA & Head of Operations at Hartlepool United FC.


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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