Vacancy - Chief Executive Officer

We are looking for a CEO to lead our organisation and ensure we provide a great grassroots football experience for everyone in Northamptonshire.


As the governing body of the game across Northamptonshire, we are responsible for setting high standards and values throughout the game at every level.

Northamptonshire FA (NFA) is responsible for providing the structure and support that enables players, coaches, volunteers and referees from across our county to develop and enjoy the beautiful game.

We're looking for a new CEO to be responsible and accountable for the day-to-day running of the NFA and to spearhead the strategic direction and culture of the NFA, acting as an ambassador for grassroots football.

We are seeking to recruit an inspiring, dynamic and highly motivated individual with a proven track record in business. The successful candidate will have a passion for sport and in particular football and demonstrable experience of leading organisations through change.

This is a crucial role for the NFA and the wider grassroots game locally, so we are looking for a highly skilled, knowledgeable and qualified candidate who can contribute to the delivery of our Business Strategy and continue the ongoing development at County FA.

The successful candidate will lead, coach, develop and mentor a talented team that works across all the local authorities and other key stakeholders in Northamptonshire.

Application details

Download our Chief Executive Officer Recruitment Pack, which contains a full job description and person specification for further detail on the role and NFA.

To apply for the role please prepare:

  • A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements, details of your salary expectations (in confidence) and preferred contact details. 
  • A supporting statement (or covering letter) of no more than two pages, which fully addresses the criteria in the Job Description and Person Specification.
  • Details of two referees who can speak authoritatively about you, together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period of time they have known you.

You are also encouraged to complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form. Please note that completing this form is entirely voluntary.

Sending your application

Once you have completed the above, please upload these into our CEO Role Application Form. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday 22 September 2023 at 1pm.

Please note, interviews are scheduled to take place on ether Thursday 5th or Friday 6th October 2023. Applicants successfully shortlisted must be available to attend.

If you would like to talk to someone about the role please contact either Jim Wilkinson (Chair of the NFA) on or Gavin Lemmon (FA, CFA Regional Manager – East) on