The County Ground


Meet The Team

Please be aware that our staff continue to operate flexibly as appropriate to the needs of their roles, with many combining office based and remote working. With this in mind you should contact us first before coming to the office to ensure that the relevant staff will be on site to assist you.

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.


Phone: 07496 193309 / 01462 650206

Gemma Chaffey

Designated Safeguarding Manager

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.


Phone: 07538 990836

Football Development Team

Steve Maker

Head of Football Development and Investment & Deputy Senior Safeguarding Lead

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.


Phone: 07944 461476 / 01462 650217

Kieran Fox

Football Development Officer

In my role as I support the delivery of football by working with local authorities, facilities, leagues and clubs in the North Herts, Stevenage, East Herts, Broxbourne, and Welwyn & Hatfield areas 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.


Phone: 07456 623900 / 01462 650223

Beth Dawes

Football Development Officer

In my role I work closely with clubs, leagues, players and key partners to support the delivery of key programmes such as Wildcats, Squad Girls and Just Play. Please note my usual working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Phone: 07456 483296 / 01462 650224

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.


Phone: 07456 462306 / 01462 650202

Maisie O'Shea

Football Development Apprentice (Equality & Inclusion)

Alongside studying for my degree, my role is to support the development of grassroots football in Hertfordshire with a particular focus on aspects of Equality and Inclusion.

Email: maisie.o'

Phone: 01462 650200

Jake Scully

Football Development Officer (Facilities and Investment)

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. I also support clubs with England Football Accreditation.


Phone: 07456 424180 / 01462 650205

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.


Phone: 07814 615358 / 01462 650208 

Operations Team

Rob Smith

Deputy CEO & Deputy Senior Safeguarding Lead

I lead a team that focus on customer excellence, facility management, discipline and regulation, affiliation, strategic planning, administration, HR, marketing, communications and events. Our aim is to ensure our stakeholders are provided with excellent customer service and to govern the game within the disciplinary framework for grassroots football. My role also involves supporting the Board and Council with Corporate Governance.


Phone: 07496 988727

Emma Thomas

Site Manager

My role is to manage the operation of the facilities at The County Ground, working to ensure that all of those using our 3G Pitch, Community Football Centre and Meeting Rooms have a great experience.


Phone: 07456 496483

Chloe Tate

Football Operations Officer & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

My role covers all aspects of administration of the grassroots game in Hertfordshire, from affiliation and to discipline, including supporting our partners Sports Integrity Matters with discipline investigations and helping our clubs and leagues in maximising the use of FA Technology platforms.


Phone: 07415 438843 / 01462 650207

Seb Hutchinson

Football Operations Apprentice (Competitions)

Alongside studying for my degree, I work within the Football Operations team to support the effective administration of grassroots football, with particular focus on County Cup competitions.


Phone: 01462 650203

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

Luke Murray

Football Operations Apprentice (Digital)

Alongside studying for my degree, I work within the Football Operations team to support effective communications to stakeholders through online channels, with a particular focus on social media and video content.


Phone: 01462 677624

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.


Phone: 01462 650212

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