Meet the Team
the Amateur fa team
The Amateur County FA office is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.
Football Services Team
Football Services Manager - Football Services & Referee Development Officer
Melanie Armstrong Deryll David
Football Development Marketing & Communications
Football Development Officer Marketing & Communications Officer
Samantha Brown Bethany Want
Safeguarding & Welfare Finance
Designated Safeguarding Officer Finance Officer
Dyahanne Sappleton John MonkSafeguarding@amateur-fa.com John.Monk@amateur-fa.com
David has been a board member and director of the Amateur FA since 2006 and currently works as a solicitor.
David says "I was born into the world of amateur recreational sport. My schoolboy sporting activities were focused on football and cricket leading on to old boys football and club cricket from my late teens. I was a young recruit to the administration of football - I am still doing it almost 50 years later."
He was match secretary of Old Cholmeleians FC and the Arthurian League and then the League’s representative to the AFA Council. David joined the AFA Council in 1981 and is currently the Chairman of the AFA’s Council.
Geoff has been a member of the Board for the past 5 years and is a life member of the AFA Council, where I serve as an independent member with no league or club affiliation. Geoff has been Board Safeguarding Champion and a member of the Strategic Safeguarding Group for the 2018/19 season and in the past provided Marketing advice drawing on his 40 years banking experience. He has chaired the former Marketing and Communications committee for 3 years and is currently secretary of the Youth Development Committee and Welfare Officer for the AFA under 16 & under 18 representative teams.
Geoff regularly attends at AFA, AFC, Arthurian & SAL representative team matches, having served as a sports therapist for several years for all AFA teams and the SAL, for whom was privileged to be involved when they won the National Inter-League Cup. He is a passionate believer in what he calls 'true pay to play' grassroots football and in improving the pathway from school and youth football into adult football.
Geoff is a longstanding supporter of Arsenal, having grown up close to the ground.
John is a retired Local Government Officer and past president of the Amateur Football Combination (AFC) and Amateur FA.
He joined Old Camednians FC in 1969 and is a member of former Old Boys Football League Executive Committee, AFC Executive Committee and AFA Council. John is a long-standing Arsenal supporter.
Jonathan has worked within finance for most of his professional life and holds the Investment Management Certificate.
He played for Barclays Bank AFC as a Goalkeeper from 1997. He then became Chairman in 2007, joining the Southern Amateur League as Treasurer in 2008. In 2010 Jonathan joined the Amateur FA council and then became a director in 2011 and representative to the FA in 2018.
Rachel is a founding director of Women on Boards UK. She spent 18 years as an international corporate tax consultant working with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. After leaving in 2008 she joined Cardio Direct Ltd, a medical provider of cardiac services. Rachel studied at the University of Birmingham and is a Bachelor of Commerce. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, ATII qualified. In 2017 Rachel joined the board of the Amateur FA as an Independent Non-Executive Director and she is also an Independent Panel Member for the Ministry of Justice.
Away from WOB, Rachel is a keen Gunner with a soft spot for Leeds United, a passionate long-distance runner, club tennis player and enjoys long walks with her two Hungarian Vizslas.
Ray retired from the Insurance industry in in 2003 where he spent his working for 45 years in the Lloyds market working for a number of syndicates. At the time he retired he was a department manager and Assistant Underwriter. In 2004 Ray wanted to occupy his mind and took on an unpaid roll for his local Royal British Legion as their Secretary and Treasurer and continued in those roles until 2016.
His outside interests have been football as a player when he left school and qualifying as a referee in 1968 and hanging up his whistle in 1999. During this period Ray commenced administrating as a Referees Secretary in 1973 and retired from that role in 1985. Not wishing to step aside he continued in other roles and in 1991 became a Council member for the Amateur Football Alliance rising to a Life Vice President in 2003. Still very much involved to this day completing a total of 60 years in football activity at the end of December 2019.
Other interests in sport have been athletics becoming an assistant coach in 1986 applying his trade at various clubs, Ilford AC, Woodford Green AC and Newham & Essex Beagle AC. Enjoys watching boxing and American (NFL) football.
Steve is a recent addition to the AFA Board (elected 2019) and is keen to bring his experience of amateur football at both club and League level, and particularly his football administration skills and wide knowledge of FA systems, to the role, as well as his experience in Risk and Finance.
Now retired, Steve is an experienced Commercial Banker, who worked in a wide variety of roles in Lloyds Banking Group in its various guises over many years. In recent times, Steve has been involved in Portfolio Analytics, Bank of England and Scenario Stress Testing, Economic Profit, and more recently worked with the frontline business in evaluating and pricing new and existing business.
Outside of the AFA, Steve is a member of the Southern Amateur League Management Committee (as Registration Officer and Development Committee Chair), as well as Chairman of The Warren FC.
Steve is a supporter and life member of Chesterfield FC, a town where he spent his formative childhood years.
Tony has been Board Chairman for 3 years, striving to make the Board more diversified & inclusive.
Tony worked for Midland Bank in North Wembley & Shaftesbury Avenue branches. After sitting and passing The Institute of Bankers examinations, he resigned and worked for Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.
He worked for JP Morgan Chase & Co. for 27 years covering several roles including Assistant Credit Officer. He completed the Intensive Credit Seminar comprising financial statement analysis; cash flow analysis; forecasting techniques; lending rationales and facility structuring. Relationship Manager to the Bank’s High Net-Worth Hellenic Shipping Clients and part of the team that successfully launched an IPO on NYSE.
Following his departure from JP Morgan Chase & Co. he spent 13 years working for International Registries, Inc., the Maritime Administrators of The Republic of The Marshall Islands. He was a Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs as well as Business Development Manager of International Registries (U.K.) Limited.
During his time at International Registries, Inc. he attended and passed the Quality Management System Auditor/Lead Auditor Training Course (ISO 9001:2000) delivered by BSI Management Systems. He attended and passed the Advanced Auditing Skills Training Course delivered by BSI Training. Tony has conducted several audits of International Registries offices including Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Dubai, India, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA (Fort Lauderdale, Houston, New York and HQ).
Will is an experienced finance professional with nearly 20 years experience working in the Private and Public sectors. He is a qualified Cost and Management Accountant and has worked in the project teams of some of the largest transport infrastructure projects of recent years including the Circle and District line modernisation, and currently is a Senior Finance Partner at a National Housing association.
A keen volunteer, Will led the training of 4000 transport volunteers for the 2012 Olympics as well as working as a gamesmaker himself.
He is the Hon. Treasurer of the AFA and has been on the board for 2 years. His particular areas of interest are governance and risk, and ensuring financial procedures are fit for purpose.
On the pitch Will has played over 200 games for the Old Malvernian FC and is a qualified referee.
As a Lancastrian in exile Will “enjoys” following the fortunes of Blackburn Rovers.