Meet the Team

Chief Executive Officer


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Ricky Stevenson - Chief Executive Officer

ricky.stevenson@derbyshirefa.com

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


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Jennifer Blewitt - Safeguarding and Equality Manager

jenny.blewitt@derbyshirefa.com

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. 





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Liam Rooney - Football Development Manager

liam.rooney@derbyshirefa.com

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 was updated to Football Development Manager in July 2019.  

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.

 


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Ryan Haynes - Football Operations Manager 

ryan.haynes@derbyshirefa.com

In July 2019, Ryan took on the role of the DCFA's first ever Football Operations Manager, where his duties include managing the Football Services Team, Asset Management, and Financial Profiling

Ryan has previously worked in the roles of Referee Administrator in 2013, and in 2014 he took the step into football development as the DCFA's Referee Development Officer.

As the Referee Development Officer, it was 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.


Football OPERATIONS TEAM


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Alison Smith - Football Operations Officer

alison.smith@derbyshirefa.com

Alison was appointed in January 2014 as Football Operations Officer and plays an instrumental role in the smooth running of football administration and operations.

Alison deals with club affiliations, sanctions and general club enquiries.

 

 

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Jack Wagstaff - Football Operations Officer (Discipline)

jack.wagstaff@derbyshirefa.com

Jack joined Derbyshire FA in February 2016 as Apprentice Business Administration Officer and held the role of Competitions Officer before moving into the role of Football Operations Officer (Discipline).

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. 

 

 



 

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Thomas Crabtree – Marketing & Communications Officer

 thomas.crabtree@derbyshirefa.com


Thomas joined Derbyshire FA in May 2022 as Marketing & Communications Officer. His role is to ensure Derbyshire FA’s message of inclusivity and togetherness is widespread through all social channels and communications.

He has experience in various marketing sectors, including copywriting, content creation and campaign planning. Thomas also has a degree in Multimedia Sports Journalism.

Thomas loves the beautiful game and all the twists, turns, triumphs and tribulations that come with it. He is an avid Manchester City fan and feels very privileged to work within the sport and make a positive impact to the footballing community in Derbyshire.

 

 

 

 


FOOTBALL Development TEAM

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Callum Convery - Football Development Officer

callum.convery2@derbyshirefa.com

Callum joined the Derbyshire FA in 2022 as Football Development Officer, responsible for the support of female and male player pathways including Wildcats, Squad Girls, Just Play, Flexible Football, Small Sided, Futsal and Walking Football.

Having previously been with the Nottinghamshire FA and Manchester FA, Callum joins us with experience across County FA development, operations and safeguarding and is looking to grow that experience to support the volunteers and football pathways in Derbyshire.

Callum has been a volunteer, coach and referee in both Rugby and Football, and is currently studying a Masters Degree in Sports Development and Management.



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Reece Davies - Referee Development Officer

reece.davies@derbyshirefa.com

In September 2019 Reece was appointed as Referee Development Officer, where his duties include supporting referees, refereeing courses, promotions and in-service training event amongst other things!

Reece previously worked for the DCFA as the Referee Administration Officer in 2014 shortly after Ryan became the Referee Development Officer.

As the Referee Development Officer, it was 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 Reece's aim to work towards providing a registered referee for every affiliated game of football in the County.

Reece is a current Level 3 Contributory League Referee and also a Referee Tutor. One of Reece’s highlights in refereeing was back in 2017 when he was selected as one of six referees to officiate at the Northern Ireland SuperCup where Reece refereed a mixture of different international teams over the course of the week, officiating 11 games in 5 days!

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