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Senior Management

Paul Thorogood

Paul Thorogood

Chief Executive

David McDermott

David McDermott

Chief Operating Officer

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Paul Thorogood

Paul joined the Foundation in April 2006, after a career in the Royal Air Force, where he saw active service in support of operations in the Falkland Islands, Afghanistan and both recent Gulf Wars.  Paul was also actively involved in football administration throughout his RAF career, rising to be Chairman of the RAF Football Association, a county FA on the FA Council.

Paul’s professional background is in operational logistics and organisational change management. He has an MA from Kings College London and a post graduate diploma in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick. Paul also sits on the Board of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and is a visiting lecturer on both the Loughborough International Sports Management MBA and The Football Industries MBA at the University of Liverpool.

David McDermott

David McDermott joined the Foundation from the Royal Air Force and is the Director of Investment. He is accountable for providing the strategic direction for the grant assessment teams, setting the priorities and policy for this key area of the Foundation’s work and for ensuring that grant aid programmes are delivered efficiently and in line with the Foundation’s policies.

David has had extensive exposure to football at a variety of levels, including as a player for Hitchin Town. He has managed representative teams and is currently serving on The FA’s Football Development committees.

David is also a Trustee of Kick It Out, football's anti-racism campaign.


Chief Executive Paul Thorogood 
Chief Operating Officer David McDermott
Head of Stakeholder Management Jemma Turner

Grant Management

Head of Grant Management Dean Potter
Technical Project Manager
Chris Barry
Technical Project Manager
Lee Davies
Technical Project Manager
Chris Davies
Technical Project Manager
Craig Low
Technical Project Manager
Adrian Morris
Technical Project Manager Matt Janes
Grant Manager Team Leader  Issie Collins 
Grant Manager
Greg Hardman
Grant Manager
Richard Williams
Grant Manager
Neil McAlley
Grant Manager
Ben Dunning
Grant Manager
Kuljit Randhawa
Grant Manager Louisa Suff
Grant Manager Jayne Gibson
Premier League Grants Consultant
John Paul Considine
Grant Officer
Mark Hutchinson
Grant Officer
Liam Devlin
Grant Officer Kenneth Nzeyimana


Head of Communications
Rory Carroll
Communications Manager
Niall Malone
Communications Officer Intern Alice Sherritt
Communications Officer Intern Harry Simmons


Head of Finance Rupen Shah
Business Accountant Jackie Curran
Finance Analyst Thomas Bedworth
Grant Funding Manager Effie Chrysanthou
Grant Funding Coordinator
Alison Griffiths

Information Systems

Head of Information Systems Michael Rigby
Database Analyst Christopher Paton
Web Communications Manager Dan Britton
Web and Database Assistant Jacqueline Alvarado
Knowledge & Insight Manager Nicholas Dunnett
Knowledge & Insight Analyst
Danny Brown
Knowledge & Insight Analyst Henry McLaughlin
Knowledge & Insight Analyst Abigail Taylor
Knowledge & Insight Analyst Steven Green

Business Services

Head of Business Services Clare Randall
Business Support Manager Dominic Steer
Board and Panel Secretary Catherine Shiplee
HR & Admin Support Officer Kayleigh Hemmings
Grow the Game Project Lead Dominic Guglielmoni
Administration Support Officer
Jake Stanley
Office Services Administrator Paul Charlies
Receptionist Francesca Boggi 


Head of Operations Duncan Jones
Senior Consultant
Tara Lee
Senior Consultant
Preeti Shetty
Consultant Joseph Flagg
Consultant Tobias Trombik
Account and Support Manager   Noam Gur