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Herefordshire FA Interim CEO

Darren Lawrence

Chief Executive Officer

Darren joined Herefordshire FA as Interim CEO in September. He has a background in sports and football development and brings experience from Sport England, Hertfordshire FA and as a Regional and National Manager at The Football Association. He now works as a consultant developing people and organisations and undertakes assessments for Quest, the quality scheme for the Sport and Leisure industry.

Darren's main tasks will be to oversee the launch and successful operation of the new 3G at the County Ground, support and develop the staff team and provide the link to Board and Council.


Football Services & Governance Team

Paul Cotton Herefordshire FA Office Manager

Paul Cotton

Office Manager

Paul is the Herefordshire FA Office Manager and works in the office fulltime Mon-Fri. Paul administers our courses and education programme as well as supporting clubs with their grassroots administration.


Herefordshire FA Designated Safeguarding Officer

Anna Thomasson

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Anna is our designated safeguarding officer and is available for players, clubs, coaches and volunteers to contact with any welfare or safeguarding concerns or issues.

Phone: 07555 754314
Hours: Tues & Thurs 8-4pm

In Case of an emergency please call NSPCC - 0808 800 5000

Jim Lambert Herefordshire FA

Jim Lambert

Finance Director


Val Lambert Herefordshire FA

Val Lambert

Senior Administrator

Val leads on Whole Game System, affiliation and player registration. Val works Monday morning.


Diane Phillips Herefordshire FA

Diane Phillips


Diane leads on Discipline and Junior League referee appointments. She is in the office Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Football Development Team

Dan Chance Herefordshire Fa Football Development Officer

Dan Chance

Football Strategy Manager

Dan oversees the football development team and manages the ongoing strategy for our football programmes. His role also covers facilities, grants & funding, schools football and youth male.


joe Mathias Herefordshire FA Football Development Officer

Joe Mathias

Football Development Manager

Joe's role covers clubs and participation programmes including adult 11v11, veterans, girls & women's Football. Joe also coordinates the coach education programme, club development through the FA Charter Standard scheme and leads on Marketing.


Scott Russell Herefordshire FA FDO Disability & Inclusion

Scott Russell

Football Development Officer (Inclusion and Disability)

Scott's role covers our disability football provision and making football inclusive for all. He also coordinates our recreational football provision such as 6aside and Just Play. Scott is our Mental Health First Aid Champion.


Sean Dipple Herefordshire FA

Sean Dipple

Referee's Development Officer

Our RDO recruits new referees and supports exisiting referees to help them progress and develop. Sean delivers referee courses and coordinates the Refereeing Centre of Excellence (CORE)


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