Oxfordshire FA

Board

TERRY WILLIAMS - Chairperson

Currently Chairman of the OFA Board and has been on the Board since 2000. Joined the OFA Council in 1998 and sits on disciplinary panels. He has in the past been OFA Child Welfare Officer and a tutor for the FA child welfare courses. In the early years of the internet and social media he advised the FA in developing their social media policy with regards to child welfare. Served as Secretary of the Witney & District Youth Football League for approx. 28 years, before this he was involved in local youth football teams when his son played.

FEMI DADA

Femi is a Chartered Accountant with deep expertise in Audit and Risk. He is a confident and commercially oriented Finance and Risk expert with extensive experience in both public and private organisations in the UK as well as overseas. He comes with a track record spanning over three-decades of successful consulting engagements with an emphasis on: Strategy, Risk, and Governance.

At the heart of Femi’s success is his ability to quickly understand the strategic and commercial imperatives that drive his client’s needs, in the context of the prevailing regulatory and legislative framework that govern their industries. Femi is a fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountant, in addition to the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He prides himself with maintaining his cutting edge by rigorous continuous professional development, keeping him up to date with the trends impacting his profession.

Femi has held different roles in charitable organisations including: the Chair of Finance and Staff Committee for St. John Fishers’ Catholic School, he is also the Independent Adviser to Career Nuggets (a prominent business/ Career coaching service on SKY TV).

Femi joined OFA in April 2018 as an Independent Director of Finance, and has since contributed to the long-term strategic direction of the organisation,

JONATHAN DUCKWORTH

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with a Masters’ Degree in Human Resources Management. He was Head of HR at Twickenham Stadium for the Rugby Football Union and England Rugby teams from 1997 to 2001, and was then headhunted by Harley-Davidson to be their European HR Director. In 2005 he became Group HR Director for the Jockey Club’s 15 racecourse venues before moving to a similar role with an international Ferrari-backed motor racing series based at Silverstone.

In 2015 he joined Swim England as their People and Development Director where he ensured successful Sport England Advanced Equality Standard accreditation. In 2020 he moved across into a similar role for the London Marathon as well as becoming HR Director of Leicestershire County Cricket Club. He has recently been elected Vice-Chair of the Cricket Club.

He has been an advisor to Sporting Equals since 2008 and is a member of the Leicester City Football Club Equality Working Group. Joined the Oxfordshire Football Association Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2018. In 2021 he became Senior non-Executive Director.

TOM EDWARDS

He became involved in local football in the 1980’s when one of his sons started playing youth football. Early in the 1990’s he was one of the founding members of Bicester Colts (now Bicester Town Colts) and held various posts within it over a few years. Until recently he had refereed in local football for over 20 years. He volunteered to join the committee of what is now the Witney and District Youth League, then the OFA Youth League, and was then elected to the OFA Council in 2001. Elected to the OFA Board in 2011, serving as OFA Vice Chairman, currently Chairman of the OFA’s Disciplinary Focus Group and the Board Safeguarding Champion. He also assists The FA by being a chair member of the FA’s National CFA Serious Case Panel.

BRIAN KING

Director of the OFA Board since 2018, previously a member of OFA Council from 2006.

Member of the OFA disciplinary panel and Chairman of the OFA Referee’s Forum. He has been a serving Officer of the uhlsport Hellenic League since 1991 initially as Referee’s Officer becoming Chief Executive in 2008. Now serving as Football Operations and Finance Manager.

He also served for five years as a National League System delegate to the Football Association serving on the FA Leagues Committee.

HARRIET LEACH – Chair of IAG

An experienced Legal Director and the Head of Women’s Football at leading sports law firm, Onside Law. Harriet is passionate about the evolution of women’s sport and leads the firm’s engagement with Women in Football. She has enjoyed secondments at the British Horseracing Authority and the Welsh Rugby Union and works with many household names across sport. She started playing football for a local boys’ team when she was young and more recently set up her own 5 a side team, Keepie_Uppie and is a season ticket-holder at Chelsea F.C. Women.

IAN MASON – Chief Executive Officer

A former engineer who got involved with local village team at age of 14. Joined WDFA adult league committee in 1982, became Deputy Secretary in 1983 before League Secretary from 1993 to 1999.

Joined OFA Council in 1982, became Minute Secretary and Competition Secretary of the Intermediate Cup, before becoming General Secretary, and then CEO, in 2000. Also holds the posts of Company Secretary and an ex-officio Director. Second longest serving CEO in one county across the country.

Joined FA Council in 2019 and is now Vice-Chair of the FA Membership & Sanction Committee and its sub-group dealing with cross border issues with Wales. He also sits on the Affiliated Associations Committee that deals with all County FA business and currently chairing a working group reviewing grassroots insurance. Only non-FA Director or FA Executive member that sits on Safeguarding Operating Standards Project Board who help keep the Standards up-to-date and to deal with non-compliant County FAs. Was Vice-Chair of County Safeguarding Advisory Group initially set up to introduce what is now DBS in grassroots, help produce many safeguarding resources and safeguarding education resources and courses. He is a member of working group who compiled and delivered the new Code of Governance for County Football Associations.

ANDREW THOMAS

Andrew is an experienced international fundraiser who has held director-level roles within the Higher Education and charity sectors. He moved into philanthropy following a career in commercial sport and has maintained a detailed connection with the industry through various assignments, including as Director of Fundraising at the International Paralympic Committee in Germany (2015-2019) where he worked globally to support the development of Para sport in developing nations.

At the University of Oxford, he led fundraising campaigns in support of the famous Iffley Road sports complex and two of its constituent colleges – St Peter’s and St Benet’s Hall. He is currently Director of the Philanthropy Company.

Andrew joined the board of the OFA in 2020. His daughter is a professional goalkeeper in the FA Women’s Championship and his passion for football is tempered by being an Everton fan!