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Johnny Bakker is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the IoD as well as being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Training and Development (CIPD).

Much of Johnny’s career, both as a practitioner and interim has been within the field of health and social care and, building on his social work qualifications, Johnny has specialised in children’s and adult safeguarding.

More generally, Johnny has had a portfolio approach to his career for 27 years during which time he has undertaken a wide range of roles, often in parallel.  The common denominator to his work has been “human dynamics” (how people behave in organisations, groups and 1:1), change (individual and organisational) management/company direction/governance, clinical work/therapy with individuals, strategic HRM / HRD and executive coaching and mentoring.

From 1990 to 2011 Johnny worked as an interim manager, up to director level in the NHS, Local and Central Government, in business and in training delivery (principally leadership, interpersonal skills and management, social work practice and safeguarding). 

Johnny has BSc in Psychology, a Master’s degree (MA) in Strategic HR Development, an MBA, and he studied for a DBA.  He is currently working in his PhD these in Psychology and Neuroscience which he is scheduled to finish in 2021.  

Johnny has considerable NED and trustee experience of a number of charitable organisations and other not-for-profit organisations.   In addition to his appointment as Board Safeguarding Champion of the Amateur FA he is currently Chair of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC).  In this regard Johnny is also an associate of the National Safeguarding Team of the Church of England and has also been an advisor (pro-bono) Roman Catholic Church.

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. 

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.