Hertfordshire FA Board & Staff

Board and Staff

Meet The Team

Staff Team

Karl Lingham Hertfordshire FA

Karl Lingham

Joint Acting CEO / County Development Manager

My role is to manage the football development team to implement the Hertfordshire specific version of the National Game Strategy. I also lead on the Facility and Investment element of the Strategy working closely with colleagues at the Football Foundation.

Email: karl.lingham@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650217

George Wells Hertfordshire FA

George Wells

Joint Acting CEO / Operations Manager

I am responsible for the running of the facilities at The County Ground and ensuring support for all staff to deliver their areas of work efficiently and effectively.  I’m also responsible for developing business opportunities and encouraging local clubs and groups to hold events and meetings here. 

Email: george.wells@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650204 / 07944 461476

Football Services TEam

Lauren Halsey Hertfordshire FA

Lauren Halsey

Football Services Manager

I lead the Football Services team to govern the game in Hertfordshire which includes dealing with Discipline, County Cup Competitions and League Sanctioning. My main role includes investigating serious offences that occur on and off the pitch.


Phone: 01462 650203 / 07944 460065

Joe Karram Hertfordshire FA

Joe Karram

Football Services Officer

As the Football Services Officer for Hertfordshire FA, my key role is to support volunteers and the football workforce to use Whole Game System. I also help to govern the game in the county and ensure fair play on and off the pitch.

Email: joseph.karram@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650202 / 07879 623969

Gemma Smith - Football Services Administrator

Gemma Smith

Football Services Administrator

As part of our football services team I will be supporting the delivery of all our County Cups and our Representative Football. For any advice or guidance please feel free to drop me a line!

Email: gemma.smith@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650201 / 07515 444896

Football Development Team

Danielle Evans Hertfordshire FA

Danielle Evans

Coach Development Officer

I support the development of coaches across the county of Hertfordshire and within our affiliate clubs, through our annual programme of coaching courses. If you are wishing to start or continue coaching football across the county and need some support or guidance then please get in touch.

Email: danielle.evans@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650208 / 07814 615358

Phil Sharp Hertfordshire FA

Phil Sharp

Referee Development Officer

My role as RDO covers many aspects of refereeing in the County mainly recruitment and retention but  using my experiences to help support and development other referees to have an enjoyable experience as a match official.

Email: phil.sharp@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650220 / 07973 186360

Melissa Newlin Hertfordshire FA

Melissa Newlin

Education Administrator

I support both Danielle and Phil in my role to organise and administer Coach & Referee Education courses across the county. If you need any help before, during or after your education course with Hertfordshire FA, please get in touch.

Email: melissa.newlin@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650211
Richard Drake Hertfordshire FA

Richard Drake

Safeguarding & Welfare Officer

My role covers all aspects of safeguarding & welfare in football across Hertfordshire. As the County Safeguarding Lead you can contact me for advice and guidance on safeguarding matters, including Criminal Records Checks.

Email: richard.drake@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650215 / 07738 284200
John Jatto Hertfordshire FA

John Jatto

Football Development Officer

In my role I support youth football in Hertfordshire and work closely with clubs, volunteers and coaches to provide a fun and safe environment for players to enjoy the game. I also help to support and promote the FA Women and Girls strategy in the county

Email: john.jatto@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650219 / 07534 713063

Beatrice Thirkettle - Hertfordshire FA Football Development Officer

Beatrice Thirkettle

Football Development Officer

In my role I will be covering football in Dacorum, Three Rivers and Watford. I will cover all aspects of football and work to develop clubs, leagues, coaches and players. My strengths lie in inclusion and engagement of underrepresented groups.

Email: beatrice.thirkettle@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650224 / 07532 430594
Kieran Fox Hertfordshire FA

Kieran Fox

Football Development Officer

In my role as Football Development Officer for East Herts & Stevenage region, I support the delivery of football development by working with local authorities, facilities, and local & professional clubs to increase and sustain playing participation and raise standards across the whole game.

Email: kieran.fox@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650223 / 07516 422181

Beth Dawes Hertfordshire FA

Beth Dawes

Football Development Officer

In my role as FDO I will be covering football in North Hertfordshire and St Albans. I will be working closely with clubs, leagues, players and key partners to support them with all areas of football development so that there are opportunities for all to be involved with the game. 

Email: beth.dawes@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650210

Operations Team

Marianna Okoh Hertfordshire FA

Marianna Okoh

Finance Officer

I enjoy juggling the variety of financial tasks my role offers including supporting our finance director, tracking income & expenditure & ensuring our suppliers are paid on time. Please get in touch if there is anything you would like to discuss!


Phone: 01462 650212
Callum Riley Hertfordshire FA

Callum Riley

Marketing & Communications Officer
I support a range of functions, from developing content for Hertfordshire FA’s website, social media channels and communications, to managing events, press enquires and partnerships. If you want to have a chat about Marketing & Communications please drop me a line!

Phone: 01462 650218 / 07572 015529

Ben Southby Hertfordshire FA

Ben Southby

Digital Marketing Apprentice
In my role as a Digital Marketing Apprentice, I am responsible for managing and producing content across all of our Social Media platforms, as well as providing coverage for our Representative team games and County Events.


Phone: 01462 65022 / 07508 358448

Lucy Burdin Hertfordshire FA

Lucy Burdin

Operations HERTS6s Coordinator

In my role I help to support several HERTS6s small sided football leagues across Hertfordshire - these leagues provide players the opportunity to play football at times convenient to them. If you're interested in joining one of our HERTS6s leagues, please get in touch!

Email: lucy.burdin@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 677622 / 07507 651456

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