NFA Staff Roles & Responsibilities

NFA Staff roles explained - who is who?

As some of you may know, Northants FA recently completed a staff restructure following changes in priorities and shifting funding, allowing a 'New Era' of football to begin in Northamptonshire. 

As a County, we want to make you aware of the changes and highlight staff members new roles and responsibilities so you are able to contact the correct person for your query. We've put together key areas of the roles below...


Sarah Bentley – CEO & Senior Safeguarding Lead

Email: Phone: 07933 412311

  • Senior Safeguarding Lead – guaranteeing safeguarding is embedded throughout Northants FA
  • Leading and managing the day to day business activity as a whole
  • Work with the Board of Directors and Council on business matters
  • Coordinate delivery of The FA National Game Strategy


Rosie McCarthy – Designated Safeguarding Officer

Email: Phone: 07535 640452

  • Designated Safeguarding Officer managing NFA’s safeguarding activities and is the first contact for any Safeguarding issues / queries
  • First point of contact for clubs and leagues regarding Safeguarding issues
  • Oversee serious poor practice

    Maria Murphy – Football Services Manager & Deputy Senior Safeguarding Lead

    Email: Phone: 07474 200720

  • Responsible for overseeing all Football Services activity including affiliation and governance and regulations
  • Manage all NFA financial activity and payments within the business
  • Overseeing the Safeguarding protocols and procedures that are in place


    Luke Scott – Workforce Development Officer & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

    Email: Phone: 07943 809195

  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
  • Developing a workforce development strategy for the County
  • To lead on Referee and Coach Development
  • Ensure successful recruitment and retention of all volunteer workforce


    Christian Smith – Partnerships Manager

    Email: Phone: 07971 138768

  • Create and maintain relationships and partnerships with external stakeholders
  • Improve communication that comes from the NFA
  • Oversee all events run by the CFA
  • Responsible for inclusive provision including Disability and Women’s & Girls


    Stuart Smith – Clubs and Leagues Support Officer (PT)

    Email: Phone: 07983 537025

  • Main contact for facility queries and projects within the County
  • Lead contact for the Weetabix League, Peterborough Junior Alliance and Peterborough District Football league
  • Lead on relationships with Football Foundation and funding partners



    Debbie Preston – Clubs and Leagues Support Officer (PT)

    Email:  Phone: 07983 547025

  • Main contact for FA’s Respect programme and FA initiatives
  • Lead contact for Nene Sunday League, Northampton & District Youth Alliance, Northamptonshire Women’s & Girls Football League, Northants Senior Youth League, Peterborough Sunday Morning Football League and Northants Combination League.
  • Lead for Male & Youth Pathway


James Lock - Workforce Development Administrator

Email: Phone: 07976 729061

  • Support and organise delivery of coach education courses and provide administration
  • Organise CPD Events for the NFA Volunteer Workforce
  • Recruitment, retention and development of all volunteers within the County


    Tim Wheeler – Football Services Administrator


  • Support club and league secretaries with the discipline process and provide regulatory updates and arranging personal and non-personal hearings when required
  • Provide affiliation support for clubs and leagues including player registration
  • Provide customer service support to volunteers when using FA Technology systems
  • Manage Friendly Match / Charity Match Sanctions


    Karen Geary – General Administrator (PT)


  • Assists with safeguarding administration, including validation visit planning and delivery
  • Offering financial administration support to the Football Services Manager



    Harley Collyer – General Administrator (PT)



    Callum White – Football Services Apprentice


  • Provide admin support to clubs and leagues regarding affiliation / player registration
  • Support clubs / leagues when using FA technology systems including WGS and Full Time
  • Contact for general enquiries into the business