Meet the Team

Chief Executive Officer


ricky stevenson

Ricky Stevenson - Chief Executive Officer

ricky.stevenson@derbyshirefa.com

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.

Ricky is also the President of The Federation International of Powerchair Football Associations (FIPFA) and plays an active role in the development of the game in England and across the globe. He previously operated at Nottinghamshire FA for 12 years.


Supports: Manchester United


 

 

Senior Management Team


jenny blewitt

Jennifer Blewitt - Safeguarding and Equality Manager

jenny.blewitt@derbyshirefa.com

Jenny’s role is to manage all aspects of Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk, in line with FA guidelines and legislation. She cooperates with Derbyshire football clubs to ensure they meet and exceed safeguarding requirements.

Jenny came into her role with an excess of experience in safeguarding and law enforcement, having served as a Police Officer in Staffordshire for 30 years.


Supports: Manchester United




liam rooney

Liam Rooney - Football Development Manager

liam.rooney@derbyshirefa.com

Liam’s role is to manage the Football Development Team and lead on the Facility and Investment element of Derbyshire FA’s Strategy.

Liam has years of experience in sports development, having been a part of Derbyshire FA’s Football Development team for over 13 years, and before that spending 6 years as a Sports Development Officer at East Staffordshire Borough Council.


Supports: Liverpool



ryan haynes

Ryan Haynes - Football Operations Manager 

ryan.haynes@derbyshirefa.com

Ryan’s role is to manage the Football Operations Team, Asset Management and Financial Profiling of the Derbyshire FA, as well as Regulatory and Customer Services functions of the business.

Ryan is skilled and practised across all sectors of the game, with years of experience in Referee Development and Administration. He is also a Referee Tutor, a Level 3 Referee, and a Level 1 Coach.


Supports: Burton Albion





Football OPERATIONS TEAM


alison smith

Alison Smith - Football Operations Officer

alison.smith@derbyshirefa.com

Alison’s role is to ensure the smooth running of football operations and administration. She deals with club affiliations, sanctions, and general club enquiries.

Alison is very experienced and knowledgeable in her role and has played an instrumental role in Derbyshire FA’s football operations and progression for over 8 years.


Supports: Derby County



 

Tom Clarke

Tom Clarke - Football Operations Officer

thomas.clarke@derbyshirefa.com

Tom's main duties are to assist in the efficient running of the Football Operations department, as well as supporting the adoption of FA technology across grassroots football.

He studied a degree and Masters degree in Criminology, focusing on violence and hate crimes within football. Tom has been involved in grassroots football from a young age, including as a player for Tamworth's academy. 


Supports: Tamworth



 

jack wagstaff

Jack Wagstaff - Football Operations Officer (Discipline)

jack.wagstaff@derbyshirefa.com

Jack’s role within the Football Operations team is to handle the discipline aspect of the game; Jack will deal with disciplinary procedures that have occurred in football matches across the county.

Jack has been a significant part of the football operations team for over 6 years, moving his way up from Apprentice Business Administration Officer, to Competitions Officer and now Football Operations Officer (Discipline).

Supports: Derby County



 

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Thomas Crabtree – Marketing & Communications Officer

 thomas.crabtree@derbyshirefa.com

Thomas’ role is to ensure Derbyshire FA’s message of inclusivity, participation and togetherness is prevalent on all social channels, as well as communicating The FA and England Football’s messages and campaigns to our local community.

Thomas is new to the role and has experience in marketing, campaign planning, press communications and content production from previous roles, as well as a degree in Multimedia Sports Journalism.

Supports: Manchester City

 

 

 


FOOTBALL Development TEAM

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Callum Convery - Football Development Officer

callum.convery2@derbyshirefa.com

Callum’s role as Football Development Officer is to support and advance female and male pathways in grassroots football, including Wildcats, Squad Girls, Just Play, Flexible Football, Small-sided, Futsal and Walking Football.

Callum is vastly experienced in County FA football development, having previously operated at both Manchester FA and Nottinghamshire FA. Also, he has formerly been a referee, coach, and volunteer, and is currently studying a Masters Degree in Sports Development & Management.

Supports: FC Köln

 

 

Alex Walker

Alexander Walker - Football Development Officer

alexander.walker@derbyshirefa.com

Alexander's role is to primarily support clubs and leagues across Derbyshire, with a sharp focus on the coaches community and CPD.

Alexander is experienced in the field, with a degree in BA Hons Football Studies and 2 years of football development experience with AFC Stoneham. He also has over 7 years of coaching experience, having won the quadruple as AFC Stoneham Development Squad manager and won the double as Solent University 1st team manager.

 

Supports: Rangers

 

Pete Rigney

Pete Rigney - Assistant Football Development Officer

pete.rigney@derbyshirefa.com

Pete's main role is to ensure that all clubs across Derbyshire are given access to pitch improvement plans and resources, as well as assisting in broader football development areas.

Pete is experienced and knowledgeable in sport, having worked in education for close to a decade as a PE Teacher, and more recently gaining experience with Swim England, the National Governing Body of swimming.

 

Supports: West Bromwich Albion

 


reece davies

Reece Davies - Referee Development Officer

reece.davies@derbyshirefa.com

Reece’s role as Referee Development Officer includes supporting referees, refereeing courses, promotions, and in-service training events, as well as leading effective recruitment, retention, and development strategies.

Reece is a Level 3 Contributory League Referee and a Referee Tutor. Reece has been a driving force in Derbyshire’s referee development since his appointment, and first joined the Derbyshire FA over 8 years ago.

 

Supports: Sheffield Wednesday

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