Staff & Board

Meet The Team

chief executive

Leigh O'Connor

Leigh O'Connor

Chief Executive & Senior Safeguarding Lead

Leigh started with Middlesex FA in 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 Associations's Strategy. 

Phone: 020 8515 1925


Football services team

Kayleigh Saunders

Kayleigh saunders

Head of Football Services & Deputy Safeguarding Lead

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 leading the Football Services team to govern the game in Middlesex, overseeing Safeguarding, Discipline, County Cups, Affiliation and Sanctioning.

Phone: 020 8515 6904 or 07506 282963

Email: &

Duncan Phillips


Designated Safeguarding Officer

Phone: 020 8515 6909
Spencer Stone

Spencer Stone

Football Services Administrator

Phone: 020 8515 6903 &

Samantha Read

Samantha Read 

Football Services Officer (Clubs and Leagues)

Samantha joined Middlesex FA in August 2017. Moving to the Football Services Team in February 2018, her main duties are supporting the Clubs and Leagues with their administration, leading on Player Registration and usage of the FA Systems as well as administering the County Cup Programme, including a lead role on the Cup Finals.

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

Phone: 020 8515 6905 or

Daniel May

Daniel May

Workforce Development Officer

Daniel joined Middlesex FA in April 2018 as Football Services Administrator. In February 2020 he took up the role of Workforce Development Officer.

Daniel is responsible for Referee Development in the County, focussing on the recruitment, conversion, retention and development of its match officials. In addition, he is the staff lead for the Middlesex FA Youth Council and volunteer opportunities within Middlesex. 

He’s retired from 11v11 football but is a cat in goal in his weekly 6-a-side league.

Phone020 8515 6910

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Operations team

George Wells

George Wells

Head of Commercial & Operations

I originally joined Middlesex FA in 2008 as an Administrator having graduated from Davenport University, Michigan. I spent a year in that role before becoming Office Manager and PA to the CEO, Peter Clayton. Since then, I worked at The Football Association in the National Game and Marketing departments for four years followed by holding the role of Operations Manager/Acting CEO at Hertfordshire FA from 2014-19. I returned to Middlesex FA in January 2019.

As Head of Commercial and Operations, I’m responsible for the facility business plan, commercial strategy and overseeing our marketing and communications strategy. My role oversees the two separate sides to our business, Middlesex FA and Middlesex Community Football Centres.

In my spare time I also coach for Arsenal Women’s Academy and enjoy spending time with my wife and two sons. I once held the role of Opening Ceremony Coordinator at the 2011 Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium between Barcelona and Manchester United. 

Phone: 020 8515 6901 or 07722 142290


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 all in the Middlesex FA team, supporting them with their communication and marketing needs, maintaining the business's website & social media channels. He also works closely with Samantha to support the delivery of the County Cup Finals programme, he also leads on the Annual Grassroots Football Awards.

Outside of the office, Jacob plays in goal for Harefield United's First Team and is a Level 7 Referee.

Phone: 020 8515 1921


Josh Harnett Head Shot

Josh Harnett

Business Operations Administrator

Josh started work with Middlesex FA in November 2021 under his role as Business Operations Administrator.

Josh’s main roles consist of working alongside the Rectory Park Facility Team, being responsible for all their marketing and operational tasks. Josh also assists Jacob and George in their Marcomms team to ensure fluidity between MFA and Rectory Park.

Outside of work Josh also works as a Hospitality Host and Supervisor at Wimbledon Championships, Arsenal F.C., Wembley Stadium and West Ham United

Phone: 020 8515 6908

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Participation and Development team

Katie Phillipson

Katie Phillipson

Head of Participation & Development

Katie joined the Association in April 2018 as Workforce Development Officer before being appointed in her current role in October 2019.

Her main responsibilities include Facility & Investment Lead, Strategic Lead for Women’s & Girls’ Football and managing and supporting the Participation & Development team.

Outside of the office, Katie is a grassroots coach, player and FA Coach Developer.

Phone: 020 8515 1927 or 07739 984024

Paul Sharpe

Paul Sharpe

Coach Development Officer

Paul joined Middlesex FA in July 2005 and as Coach Development Officer he is now responsible for the support & development of the coaches in the County and leads on ensuring the Association’s member clubs meet the standards on & off the pitch through the England Football Accreditation programme.

Outside the office, Paul is a Luton Town season ticket holder and a coach with a local ladies team.

Phone: 020 8515 1923


Andrew Perren

Andrew Perren

Participation Development Officer

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 April 2022, Andrew moved back into the Development Team, and took up the role of Participation Development Officer.

In this role, Andy's main responsibility is to develop, manage and monitor local development and delivery with all partners. 

Phone: 020 8515 1911


Lauren Mawdsley

Lauren Mawdsley

Inclusion Development Officer

Lauren joined Middlesex FA in June 2020 as the Disability Development Officer before taking on a new role as Inclusion Officer from September 2020.

Her role involves developing, managing and monitoring all disability provision and programmes across the county in addition to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of the work we do.

Outside of work, Lauren is a qualified Personal Trainer and helps others to lead healthy, active lifestyles.  

Phone: 020 8515 1920


Sian Osmond

Sian Osmond

Womens Recreational Football Officer

Sian started working for Middlesex FA in February 2021 as a Women’s Recreational Football Officer.

Sian’s role is linked to the build up to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Competition with the aim of growing the offering of women’s recreational football across Brent, Ealing & Hounslow as the host boroughs for the tournament.

Outside of work, Sian is a UEFA A coach and coaches FAWNL team London Bees.

Phone: 020 8515 1912


rectory park team

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.1

Szymon Stachowicz Head Shot

Szymon Stachowicz

Duty Manager - Facility Maintenance


Phone: 020 8515 1919 Opt.1

Jacqueline Luckhurst

jacqueline Luckhurst 

Duty Manager


Phone: 020 8515 1919 Opt.1

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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