Oxfordshire FA Board and Staff


Meet the Oxfordshire FA team

Oxfordshire FA’s staff team deliver the Association's strategic priorities and develop football in the County, under the leadership of Chief Executive and Senior Safeguarding Lead, Jonathan Duckworth.

The Football Development Team's role, led by our Football Development Manager, is to support football for all as well as the growth and development of the game in the county through the delivery of The FA’s National Game Strategy.

Our Football Governance and Services Team manages discipline and supports clubs, leagues and officials to run the game effectively. Within Football Services, our Safeguarding work is led by our Designated Safeguarding Officer, who is responsible for leading and developing safeguarding, welfare and The FA's RESPECT programme to make our game as safe as possible. 

If you are still unsure about who would be best-placed to answer your question, drop us an email at Support@OxfordshireFA.com and our Freshdesk system will ensure it is allocated to the right person.


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Jonathan Duckworth

Jonathan Duckworth

Chief Executive Officer & Senior Safeguarding Lead


Jonathan has overall responsibility for ensuring the inclusive and sustainable growth of grassroots football throughout the county, through the successful development and delivery of our strategic plan and vision. 


Nigel Saverton

Nigel Saverton

Education, Safeguarding and Referee Support Manager & Designated Safeguarding Officer

E: Nigel.Saverton@OxfordshireFA.com
T: 07856 902754

Nigel is the County FA's Designated Safeguarding Officer responsible for supporting over 100 club and league welfare officers ensuring safeguarding is at the centre of all areas of our work as well as leading on safeguarding and poor practice investigations. 

Nigel is also the Referee Development Manger with responsibility for the recruitment, retention, and development of all OFA registered referees.  Additionally, as the Education Manager he supports the education needs of our membership.

Andy Earnshaw

Andy Earnshaw

Business & Facility Development Manager

E: Andy.Earnshaw@OxfordshireFA.com

Andy is responsible for the development and protection of football facilities in the county, with a key focus on the creation and improvement of natural grass and football turf pitches.

Additionally, Andy is responsible for overseeing the County FA's marketing and communications, as well as managing commercial partnerships.

Ben Hardcastle

Ben Hardcastle 

Business Support Officer (Cups)


Ben is responsible for the delivery of our 17 County Cup competitions as well as overseeing key governance processes such as club and league affiliation and player registration. 

Kate Broome

Kate Broome

Football Services Assistant


Kate is responsible for providing support to football across the county including safeguarding, refereeing and affiliation.


Michael Thurlow

Michael Thurlow

Football Development Manager


T: 07856 902744

Michael is responsible for leading the football development team to deliver the FA Grassroots Football Strategy locally. Additionally, he oversees the development of the male pathway across the county.
Michael is also responsible for leading inclusion working closely with our Inclusion Advisory Group to embed Equality, Diversity & Inclusion across the organisation.
James Shiplee

James Shiplee

Senior Football Development Officer

E: James.Shiplee@OxfordshireFA.com

07856 902753

James is responsible for women and girls’ football in the county, including Wildcats, Squad Girls and female Just Play sessions. In addition, James looks after the Oxfordshire FA Awards, and Female Coach Development. James is also responsible for the deployment of Oxfordshire FA’s Equal Game Ambassador, and Female Coach Mentors. 

Youcef El Barhdadi

Inclusion Football Officer

E: Youcef.ElBarhdadi@OxfordshireFA.com

T: 07856 902759

Youcef is responsible for overseeing inclusion delivery and in partnership with our local authorities has a key focus on using football as a way of bringing refugees and resettled adults, children, young people and families together.

Georgia Hill

Georgia Hill

Football Development Officer

E: Georgia.Hill@OxfordshireFA.com

07856 902739

Georgia is responsible for the growth and development of disability football in the county, including FA Comets and Disability Just Play sessions. Georgia is also responsible for the deployment of Oxfordshire FA’s Disability Football Ambassador, and Disability Coach Mentors.

Georgia supports clubs gain and maintain England Football Accreditation status, as well as overseeing our Youth Leadership Team.