Meet the Team
Chief Executive Officer
Ricky Stevenson - Chief Executive Officer
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
Jennifer Blewitt - Safeguarding and Equality Manager
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 - Football Development Manager
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.
Ryan Haynes - Football Operations Manager
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 - Football Operations Officer
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 - Football Operations Officer
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.
Jack Wagstaff - Football Operations Officer (Discipline)
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
Thomas Crabtree – Marketing & Communications Officer
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
Callum Convery - Football Development Officer
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
Alexander Walker - Football Development Officer
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.
Jack Bell - Football Development Officer
Jack’s role within the Football Development team is to influence and support the growth and retention of disability football and to lead on the grass pitch improvement programme.
Jack has multiple years of experience in sport development, having been part of the games programme at The Premier League. Prior to that, working at Mercedes Formula One team and also spending 6 years as a health team leader at Derby County Community Trust.
Supports: Newcastle United
Reece Davies - Referee Development Officer
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