Meet the Team

Derbyshire FA Staff
The Derbyshire FA Team
Dawn Heron

Dawn Heron - Chief Executive Officer


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.



Keely Brown

Keely Brown - Head of Strategy & Facilities


Keely joined Derbyshire County FA in January 2005 originally as the Football Development Officer responsible for Girls and Women’s Football, having previously worked at two professional football clubs and a local authority.

In 2008 she became the County Development Manager overseeing the Football Development section of the County FA and in July 2015 became the County FA’s Head of Strategy & Facilities. Keely provides business support to the CEO and has a specific remit around facility development and investment. She also leads on the implementation of The FA National Game Strategy in Derbyshire.




Adam Jones

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.




Alison Smith

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.




Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith - Football Services Officer (Competitions)


Nigel was originally appointed as the Referee Development Officer back in August 2008. Nigel has held a couple of roles since then and is now the Football Services Officer for Competitions.

Nigel is responsible for the successful running of nine county cup competitions. He also makes sure all leagues in Derbyshire follow the Standard Code of Rules which covers their competition. He also covers the league sanctioning process for all leagues within Derbyshire.




Ryan Haynes

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.

Cath Morton

Cath Morton - County Welfare Officer & Respect Lead 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.

Lauren Mellor

Lauren 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.





Angie Harper

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.

Liam Rooney

Liam Rooney - Football Development Officer (Clubs, League's & Workforce)


Liam Rooney, Football Development Officer is responsible for developing Clubs, Leagues and also the Workforce. He previously worked as a Sports Development Officer for six years at East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Liam is a Liverpool FC fan and one day he is hoping to see his team lift the Premier League trophy.

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

Louise Fox

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.



Jamie Griffiths

Jamie Griffiths - Marketing & Communications Officer


Jamie joined Derbyshire County FA in February 2017 as Marketing and Communications Officer. He is a Broadcast Journalism graduate from Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2015, as well as a qualified FA Level 1 Coach.

Jamie has experience in journalism, having carried out a variety of work placements and voluntary roles covering a range of media platforms, and aims to utilise his journalistic skills to work in the sport he loves.

In his role, Jamie will be looking to increase the social media presence of Derbyshire County FA to raise the awareness of football opportunities, as well as working closely with the team on a range of projects and events.

Jack Wagstaff

Jack Wagstaff - Apprentice Business Administration Officer


Jack joined Derbyshire FA in February 2016 as Apprentice Business Administration Officer after leaving school.

Jack works across the whole business providing support to both the Football Services team and the Football Development team. Jack also supports the Marcomms Officer with the operation of our website noticeboards as well as occasional news uploads.

Jack is now in the second year of his apprenticeship working towards the completion of the Level 4 in Business Administration after completing his Level 3 qualification.

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