Staff & Board

Meet The Team

All MFA Staff

Contacting us after 31st August 2020

A number of our staff who had been placed on furlough since 2nd April 2020, have returned to part-time work.

To ensure you can still receive the support and answers you deserve and need we a small group of staff working full time to support you during this period.

We ask that whilst staff are working part-time any new queries are directed to

If you have sent a member of staff an email on or after 2nd April 2020, please check to see if you received an out of office reply. If you have, then please forward your sent email to the email address listed in the out of office reply.

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Middlesex FA Chief Executive, Leigh O'Connor

Leigh O'Connor

Chief Executive

Leigh started with Middlesex FA in the year 2000 as a Membership Services Assistant and in April 2017 was appointed to the role of Chief Executive. In his role, Leigh is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Association and delivering the priorities and targets of the County FA Business Plan and The FA’s National Game Strategy

Phone: 020 8515 1925

Operations team

George Wells

George Wells

Head of Commercial & Operations

George has returned to Middlesex FA as Head of Commercial & Operations following his departure in 2010. Since then, George worked at The Football Association in the National Game and Marketing departments followed by holding the role of Operations Manager/Acting CEO at Hertfordshire FA from 2014-19.

As Head of Commercial and Operations, George is responsible for developing and managing the commercial, sponsorship, marketing and communications strategies as well as overseeing the facility business plan.

Phone: 020 8515 6901 or 07722 142290


Andrew Perren

Andrew Perren

Centre Manager - Rectory Park

Andy has been with Middlesex FA since August 2008 and worked as the Association's Recreational Football Development Officer until February 2018 when he assumed the role of Centre Manager for the Association's new HQ, Rectory Park. In this role, Andy is responsible for maximising the impact of the new facility and associated community space for the benefit of the local community as well as managing all aspects of the company HQ and ensuring cost-effective operation of the venue. 

Phone: 020 8515 1911


Jacob Ballheimer

Jacob Ballheimer

Communications & Marketing Officer

Jacob started work with Middlesex FA in November 2015 holding a number of roles within the organisation, currently occupying the role of Communications & Marketing Officer. Jacob works closely with George to ensure all of the businesses communication and marketing needs are met. Outside of the office, Jacob plays for Harefield United's First Team and is a Level 7 Referee.

Phone: 020 8515 1921 or 07591 386 536


Paul Sharpe

Paul Sharpe - Monday - Thursday

Middlesex Learning Manager

Paul joined Middlesex FA in July 2005 and as Middlesex Learning Manager is now responsible for the management of the Association's Coach Education Programme. Outside the office, Paul is a coach with a local ladies team.

Phone: 020 8515 1923 or 020 8515 1929


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Sean Rudd

Operations Administrator

Sean joined Middlesex FA in March 2020 as Football Services Officer. His main responsibilities are administering the county cup competitions and dealing with the referee queries. Outside of work Sean is a Level 5 Referee & does Professional Wrestling in his spare time.

Phone: 020 8515 6908


Participation and Development team

Katie Phillipson

Katie Phillipson

Head of Participation & Development

Katie joined the Association in April 2018 as Workforce Development Officer. Her main responsibilities center around the managing and supporting her team, whilst leading on facility improvement. Outside of the office, Katie is an FA Coach Mentor and a UEFA B coach.

Phone: 020 8515 1927 or 07739 984024

Daniel May

Daniel May - tuesday - thursday

Workforce Development Officer (Referees & Volunteers)

Daniel joined Middlesex FA in April 2018 as Football Services Administrator. In February 2020 he took up the role of Workforce Development Officer (Referees & Volunteers). His main responsibilities are the delivery of the support and development of Middlesex FA's Referee and Volunteer Workforce. Outside of work, Daniel is an MK Dons season ticket holder.

Phone020 8515 6910 or 07739 978 637

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Chris Abel

Chris Abel - Tuesday - Wednesday

Participation Development Officer

Chris started working for Middlesex FA in July 2019 and now occupies the role of Football Development Officer.  In this role, Chris’s main responsibility is to develop, manage and monitor local development and delivery with all partnersOutside of work, Chris is an FA Affiliate Tutor and a coach in women’s football. Chris is also an Arsenal season ticket holder.

Phone: 020 8515 1926 or 07957 905 791


Ebony Beckford

Ebony Beckford - furlough leave

Football Development Officer (East - Ealing, Hounslow, Richmond)

Ebony joined Middlesex FA, August 2018 as Football Development Officer where her main responsibility is to develop, manage and monitor local development and delivery with all partners within the Ealing, Hounslow and Richmond areas. Outside of work Ebony enjoys learning a variety of dance styles.

Phone: 020 8515 6911 or 07739 983186


Kelly Hancock

Kelly Hancock - furlough leave

Football Development Officer (North - Barnet, Brent, Enfield)

Kelly started working for Middlesex FA in June 2014 and now occupies the role of Football Development Officer.  In this role, Kelly's main responsibility is to develop, manage and monitor local development and delivery with all partners within the Barnet, Brent and Enfield areas.

Phone: 020 8515 1912 or 07739 982744


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Lauren Mawdsley

Inclusion Development Officer

Lauren recently joined Middlesex in June 2020. Her role involves developing, managing and monitoring all disability delivery and provision across the county. Outside of work, Lauren attends a local gymnastics club.

Football services team

Kayleigh Saunders

Kayleigh saunders

Head of Football Services

Kayleigh has been with the Association since June 2012 working as a Football Development Officer before being promoted into her current role as Head of Football Services in September 2017. Her main responsibilities include managing the Operational and Governance section of the County FA. Outside of work, Kayleigh plays football for a local team in Bedfordshire, alongside regular casual 5-a-side football and badminton.


Phone: 020 8515 6904 or 07506 282963


Samantha Read

Samantha Read - Monday - Thursday

Football Services Officer (Clubs and Leagues)

Sam joined Middlesex FA in August 2017. In this role, her main duties include acting as League Secretary for the Capital Girls League and Under 23 League, supporting Leagues and Clubs through Player Registration and the FA's Online Systems.

Outside of work, Sam plays both football and American Football for local sides. 

Phone: 020 8515 6905 or

Matthew Murgett

Matthew Murgett - Wednesday

Investigations and Compliance Officer

Matthew joined Middlesex FA in September 2019. His main responsibilities include handling all matters relating to Safeguarding, Adults at Risk, Disciplinary Cases and Poor Practice. Outside of work, Matthew has a season ticket at Nottingham Forest.

Phone: 020 8515 6903 or

Sharon Porter

Sharon Porter - Wednesday

Designated Safeguarding Officer 

Sharon joined Middlesex FA in April 2018 as the Designated Safeguarding Officer. Her main responsibility is to manage the County FA’s safeguarding work, in line with legislation, FA Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Regulations. She is also responsible for significantly contributing to the implementation of the Safeguarding Operating Standard for County FA’s and working in partnership with the FA, statutory agencies and the other relevant organisations to manage concerns effectively and efficiently.

Phone: 020 8515 6909 or 07739 980164

finance team

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Management Accountant

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Peter Kakouris

Peter Kakouris

Duty Manager - Hospitality & Events

Peter started working here at Rectory Park in August 2018 undertaking the role of Duty Manager, as well as taking the lead in Kitchen Management; Peter has vast amounts of experience in catering and is using these skills to run our Cafe/Bar area. He has also taken a lead on functions held in the centre.


Phone: 020 8515 1919 Opt.2

Gemma Day

Gemma day

Duty Manager - Facility Maintenance



Phone: 020 8515 1919 Opt.2

Jacqueline Luckhurst

jacqueline Luckhurst

Duty Manager


Phone: 020 8515 1919 Opt.2

Board and Council

The Board and Council is made up of volunteers, either previously or currently involved in grassroots football,  who work  alongside Middlesex FA staff to deliver the mission of developing, supporting and governing football in Middlesex. Need to contact one of them? Details of how to do this can be found in our e-handbook

John Taylor (Chairman)

Doug Douglas (Vice Chairman)

Steve Grover (Finance Director)

Barbara Bivens

Mike Heavey

Nigel Hickes

Bob Elliott

Derek Mennell

Andrew Morton

Chris Ampofo

John Davies

Leigh O'Connor (Company Secretary)

John Davies ( President)

John Taylor (Chairman)

Doug Douglas (Vice Chairman)

Leigh O'Connor (Chief Executive)

Steve Grover (Finance Director)

Derek Mennell

Jim Taylor

Harry Wooster

Peter Clayton

Colin Stupack

Paul Stevens

Graham Hiseman

Bob Jarvis

Robin Jagot

Nigel Hickes

Robin Filkins

Mike Heavey

Bob Elliott

John Smith

Tony Ward

Barbara Bivens

Colin Downey

John Jackson

Mark Sennett

Gary Cobden

Dave Ackerman

Pip Axtell

Stephen Reuter

Andy Lowe

Derek Stevens

Gary Street

Darrel Gyngell

Simon Cudner

Andy Taylor

Liam Walshe

Annette Sennett

Segun Akinwolelda

Dave Fuller

Frank James

Dr Colin King

Andrew Morton 

Danny Sharma

John Noblemunn

Chris Ampofo

Alyson Angelides

Co-opted Councillors

Judi Grice

John Lewis

Co-opted /Independent Members of Committees and Sub Committees

Gill Taylor

Jim Upfold

Jim Bragg

John Fletcher

Claire Ford

Jim Cantle

Dave Holden

Louise Allwood

Caren Benn

Chris Benn

Julie Syer

Ray Herb

Robert Was

Mitchell Payne

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