The County Ground

Board and Staff

Meet The Team

Our offices are now open again following the COVID pandemic, although our staff continue to operate remotely as appropriate to the needs of their roles. As such you should contact us first before coming to the office to ensure staff will be on site to assist you.

Karl Lingham

Karl Lingham

Chief Executive Officer and Senior Safeguarding Lead

My role is to lead the Hertfordshire FA team to ensure an effective and efficient service to everyone involved in football across the county. I work closely with the Board of Directors to shape the strategic direction and priorities of the Association.

Email: karl.lingham@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 07496 193309 / 01462 650206

Gemma Chaffey

Gemma Chaffey

Designated Safeguarding Officer

My role covers all aspects of safeguarding in football across Hertfordshire, working to ensure the game is safe and enjoyable for all. Please get in touch for advice and guidance on any safeguarding matters or should you wish to raise a concern.

Email: gemma.chaffey@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 07538 990836

Football Development Team

Steve Maker

Steve Maker

Head of Football Development and Investment

I manage the football development team to implement the Hertfordshire specific version of the National Game Strategy and lead on facility and investment matters working closely with colleagues at the Football Foundation.

Email: steve.maker@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 07944 461476 / 01462 650217

Kieran Fox

Kieran Fox

Football Development Officer (Broxbourne, Barnet, East Herts, Stevenage, Welwyn Hatfield)

In my role as Football Development Officer I support the delivery of football development by working with local authorities, facilities, and local and professional clubs to increase and sustain playing participation and raise standards across the whole game. My role also has a specific focus on the provision of disability football.

Email: kieran.fox@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 07456 623900 / 01462 650223

Beth Dawes

Beth Dawes

Football Development Officer (Hertsmere, St. Albans, North Hertfordshire)

In my role I work 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. Please note my usual working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Email: beth.dawes@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 07456 483296 / 01462 650224

Gemma Smith

Gemma Smith

Football Development Officer (Dacorum, Three Rivers, Watford)

In my role I work 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. Please note I work part-time hours between Tuesday and Friday.

Email: gemma.smith@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 07456 491972 / 01462 650211

Joe Karram

Joe Karram

Football Development Officer (Referees)

My role is to support match officials in Hertfordshire across all areas including recruitment, conversion, retention, and progression of the referee workforce, working to provide CPD and networking opportunities, along with relevant support and education.

Email: joseph.karram@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 07456 462306 / 01462 650202

Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans

Coach Development Officer

I support the development of coaches across the county of Hertfordshire and within our affiliate clubs. If you are wishing to start or continue coaching football across the county and need some support or guidance then please get in touch. Please note I work part time hours between Monday and Wednesday.

Email: danielle.evans@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 07814 615358 / 01462 650208 

Paige Gowans-Smith

Paige Gowans-Smith

Facility and Investment Officer

My role is to monitor, develop and support the delivery of facilities and investment into football in Hertfordshire. This includes Grass Pitch Maintenance funding, small grants and other local sources of funding to service the needs of the game across the county.

Email: paige.gowans-smith@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 07456 424180

Operations Team

Rob Smith

Rob Smith

Deputy CEO

I lead a team that focus on customer excellence, facility management, strategic planning, administration, HR, marketing, communications and events. Our aim is to ensure our stakeholders are provided with excellent customer service. My focus will be on the pitch and Community Football Centre (CFC), working with the CFC Managers, as well as supporting the Board and Council/Corporate Governance.

Email: rob.smith@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 07496 988727

Chloe Tate

Chloe Tate

Football Operations Officer

I assist in the administration of the grassroots game in Hertfordshire across a range of areas from discipline to affiliation, as well as supporting clubs and leagues in using FA Technology platforms including the Whole Game System, Full-Time and the Matchday app.

Email: chloe.tate@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 07415 438843 / 01462 650207

Stuart Mugford

Stuart Mugford

Marketing and Communications Manager
 
My role is to ensure Hertfordshire FA communicates effectively with stakeholders across the county. This includes responsibility for managing our website, social media, print, events and press enquiries. 
 

Phone: 01462 650218

Marianna Okoh

Marianna Okoh

Finance Manager

My role is to ensure the smooth running of all financial aspects of the Association. This involves working closely with management and the finance committee to set our annual budgets. My responsibilities include payroll, banking, cashflow and management accounts.

Email:
marianna.okoh@hertfordshirefa.com

Phone: 01462 650212

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