DCFA Staff

Meet the Team

Chief Executive Officer

Ricky Stevenson DCFA

Ricky Stevenson - Chief Executive Officer


Ricky joined Derbyshire FA in October 2018 as Chief Executive Officer, and, after previously working at Nottinghamshire FA for 12 years, he comes with lots of experience of working with clubs, leagues and business organisations.

Ricky’s role is to ensure the executive team are in place to deliver the business objectives and to drive strategy and partnerships opportunities across the county.

He is also an active volunteer in Powerchair Football where he has been involved in the creation of the game in England and across the World. He was recently elected as President of The Federation International of Powerchair Football Associations (FIPFA).



Senior Management Team

Jenny Blewitt DCFA

Jennifer Blewitt - Designated Safeguarding Officer


Jenny commenced her role as Designated Safeguarding Officer in September 2018 having served for 30 years as a Police Officer in Staffordshire.

She is an experienced Safeguarding Officer with a history of working within Law Enforcement and Multi-Agency arenas. 

Jenny’s role is to manage all aspects of Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk in line with legislation and FA guidelines.

Jenny has a keen interest in all sports and has been a volunteer for many years. 

Dawn Heron DCFA

Dawn Heron - Head of Business Support


Dawn joined Derbyshire FA in January 2001 as Assistant County Secretary to support the Association Secretary with secretarial, financial and IT areas. She became Chief Executive Designate for an interim period until Keith Compton's retirement from post and took over as Chief Executive Officer on 1st July 2010. Dawn has previously worked in purchasing & sales, finance and IT.

Roles and Responsibilities include being accountable for the effective delivery of the DCFA Business Plan and to be accountable to the Board of Directors on matters relating to the Business Plan.

She is actively involved in sports as a volunteer outside of her busy schedule and continues to officiate and coach when available.




Adam Jones DCFA

Adam Jones - Head of Football Services


Adam was appointed as Head of Football Services by Derbyshire County FA in the summer of 2017 following years of service at Hertfordshire FA. Adam leads on the Football Services section of the organisation and managing the discipline process in line with FA regulations. This work includes providing a high level of customer services through the Derbyshire County FA Football Services team, conducting discipline investigations, and the management of personal/non-personal hearings.

Adam has lots of experience and passion for the grassroots game serving many years as a player, club official, and league official.




Liam Rooney DCFA

Liam Rooney - Head of Development & Facilities


Liam Rooney was appointed Head of Development & Facilities at Derbyshire County FA in October 2018 following nearly 10 successful years as a Football Development Officer at DCFA. 

His role includes managing the Football Development Team and leading on the Facility and Investment element of the Strategy, working closely with colleagues at the Football Foundation, Local Authorities, The FA and other stakeholders.

He previously worked as a Sports Development Officer for six years at East Staffordshire Borough Council and also as a part time football coach at Derby County in the Community. 

Having been a player and coach during his journey in football, Liam feels lucky, and extremely proud, to be working in the sport he has loved since he was child.

Welfare & Respect

Cath Morton DCFA

Cath Morton - County Welfare & Respect Officer


Cath Morton has been in post at Derbyshire County FA since 2008 in the role of County Welfare Officer. Cath has a key role in addressing poor behaviour in the game and works to raise standards in football across Derbyshire through encouraging clubs, leagues and individuals to develop best practice to ensure children are getting good experiences from the game. Cath also takes responsibility for all day to day aspects relating to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults within the County in line with legislation and FA Policy.

Cath has a key role in implementing the Respect programme across the county an initiative which seeks to raise standards and improve behaviour in the game which dovetails the key aspects of the role as Welfare Officer and a range of innovative Respect projects have been developed. In 2014 Derbyshire received a national CFA Respect Award.

Football Services

Ryan Haynes DCFA

Ryan Haynes - Referee Development Officer


Ryan became the first Referee Administrator at Derbyshire County FA in 2013; in 2014 he took the step into Development and is now working as Referee Development Officer.

As the Referee Development Officer, it is his responsibility to lead and implement effective recruitment, retention and development strategies whilst monitoring the referee volunteer workforce and providing suitable support and guidance (leading to the growth and development of all aspects of refereeing including adult, youth, women and girls, disability and inclusion). It is Ryan's aim to work towards providing a registered referee for every affiliated game of football in the County.

Ryan is a Level 3 Referee and Referee Tutor. He is also a Level 1 football coach and previously worked for SoccerStarsUK. Ryan collected his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in October 2013 from St James’ Palace and is still supporting the award in his role as Young Diamond Ambassador.

Alison Smith DCFA

Alison Smith - Football Services Officer (Memberships)


Alison’s involvement with local football began when both her boys began playing for a local club which was managed by their father. She soon became Assistant Secretary of the club before taking over as Club Secretary which she did for five years. Her husband and both boys then qualified as referees. Not long after she was invited to become Referee Secretary for a committee of a local league in Derbyshire which she still does up to this day.

Alison’s responsibilities will include leading on affiliations for each season and financial responsibility from payments for discipline.




Jack Wagstaff DCFA

Jack Wagstaff - Football Services Officer (Competitions)


Jack joined Derbyshire FA in February 2016 as Apprentice Business Administration Officer and then moved into his current role in May 2018.

Jack is responsible for the successful delivery of the County Cup competitions and also supports clubs and leagues with Whole Game System player registrations, football debt recovery (FDR) and sanctioning.

Jack is a keen cricketer in his spare time and can also be found volunteering with his local cricket club helping to develop the next generation of cricketers.


Lauren Duarte-Mellor DCFA

Lauren Duarte-Mellor - Football Development Officer (Youth & Education)


Lauren joined Derbyshire County FA as Football Development Officer for Youth and Education in January 2018 and is responsible for increasing youth participation and volunteering opportunities across the county.

Lauren will lead on FA initiatives, youth futsal projects, the development of small sided youth leagues and will work closely with educational institutions and key partners to sustain and increase youth participation and have a positive impact on the FA National Game Strategy.





Louise Fox DCFA

Louise Fox - Football Course Coordinator


Louise joined the Derbyshire County FA in May 2016 as Football Course Coordinator with responsibilities including the administration of the Football Education programme. Louise has always worked in admin, most recently within the NHS. She holds a BTEC in Business and Finance and also NVQ Level 4 in Business Admin.

With a family heavily involved in grassroots football, Louise volunteers within her local football club.



Angie Harper DCFA

Angie Harper - Football Development Officer (Adult, Recreation and Inclusion)


Angie Harper was originally appointed as Football Development Administrator in July 2008. That November, Angie was appointed as the Football Development Officer (Women, Girls and Inclusion) and is now Football Development Officer (Adult, Recreation and Inclusion).

Angie’s role encompasses developing both adult male and female teams, maintain the sustainability of the recreational programme including walking football, aid the transition from youth to adult football and to support and develop opportunities for under-represented groups, particularly players with disabilities and players from minority ethnic communities.

Angie also delivers on the equality programmes Derbyshire County FA support such as Kick it Out’s campaigns, Football v Homophobia and International Women's Day.

Adam Wing

Adam Wing - Football Development Officer (Clubs, League's & Workforce) 


Adam is responsible for developing the clubs, leagues and volunteer workforce in Derbyshire. The main focus of Adam's work is to support with the retention and growth of Charter Standard. In line with the work around Charter Standard Adam is responsible for supporting clubs and leagues build and work towards their development plan.

Adam is a Level 2 coach and currently the Manager of Nottingham Forest Ladies U16s and also a coach at the Nottingham Forest Development Centre.







Jake Lane staff picture

Jake Lane - Digital Marketing and Communications Officer


Jake joined the team in March 2019 after graduating from the University of Sheffield.

Jake's main responsibilities include developing and implementing the DCFA's marketing and communication strategy, managing social media channels and overseeing the DCFA website.

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