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Get Involved at Kent FA!

Get Involved at Kent FA!

Have you always wanted to get involved in the democratic governance of Kent FA?

Kent FA has a dual board structure with an Executive Board (the “Board”) which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Kent FA business and a Supervisory Board (the “Council”) which appoints and ratifies the decisions of the Board. The Board consists of eight Directors and the Council consists of elected members who represent geographical areas of Kent (the “Divisions”).

Kent FA Council

There are five Standing Committees (Governance, Development, Strategy & Partnerships, Referees and Competitions) and a Disciplinary Panel which Council Members have the opportunity to serve on. 

In addition, the Kent FA Council also comprises the President, Honorary Vice-Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Life Members and holders of the Order of Merit. 

The County is divided into four geographical areas called ‘Divisions’. Elected Council Members are placed into a divisional area based on where they reside. League representatives will be placed in the division where the majority of their teams play. 

Want to get involved?

Have you always wanted to get involved at Kent FA, but not known where to start?

If you would like to put yourself forward to become a part of Kent FA's Democratic Governance Structure, please contact the Kent FA CEO, Darryl Haden on 01622 791850 or Darryl.Haden@KentFA.com.

Denise Richmond 

Denise Richmond
- Kent FA Director

Denise leads a full and busy life with a career in Marketing and Publishing. Her footballing involvement is considerable, holding prominent positions in senior football, both at a county and national level.

Denise began her football volunteering when she became secretary of Greenwich Borough Football Club in 1988. From this starting point, she was then elected as a league representative of the then Kent League (later SCEFL) management committee in the early 90’s. For the past 10 years Denise has been elected annually as chairperson of this league.

Denise was elected to the Kent FA Council in 2001; becoming a board member in 2017. In addition, for the past 10 years she has been an elected member of the Step 5/6 Focus Group working with the FA on all Step 5/6 and National League System (NLS) related matters. Denise has been the vice chairperson of this group since 2015.

Her many roles have given Denise extensive experience of working alongside both officers and elected representatives at the FA and Kent FA, as well as leading the Southern Counties East Football League (SCEFL) to be part of the National League System.

Aidan Ainsley

Aidan Ainsley
- Kent FA Council Member

Aidan became a member of the Kent FA Council in 2018. He is the second Kent FA Youth Council graduate to join the main council having been an original member of the multi award winning Kent FA Youth Council back in 2012.

Aidan is the Sport Development Manager at Canterbury Christ Church University. Through his work, over the past two years, Aidan has held a national position on the BUCS Social Recreational Sport Board.

From a football point of view, Aidan plays for and is the team secretary in the Kent County Football League for Canterbury City University.

Aidan coaches’ Canterbury City’s U16 team. When he’s not playing, coaching, working or volunteering, he follows the ups and downs of Chelsea Football Club.

Since joining the Kent FA Council last year, Aidan has served on the Development Committee, the Equality Advisory Group and the Council Succession Planning Group. This enables him to contribute his wide knowledge and experience in football and sport in a number of ways, which all helps to develop grassroots football in Kent.

 Greg Petts

Greg Petts
- Kent FA Council Member

Greg has enjoyed a varied career. He is a qualified theatre technician, but for the last 25 years he has run his own construction company.

His involvement in football started late and was kindled when his son and daughter started playing. At this point, Greg became involved with coaching eventually becoming the head coach for his daughter’s team. He fulfilled this enjoyable role for 17 years.

He qualified as a referee in 2000; during the same season his wife volunteered him to become the fixtures secretary for the South East Counties Women’s Football League. He extended his involvement in 2012 when he became league secretary.

From small beginnings, Greg’s involvement in football has grown to include regional and national representation across Kent FA, and the national FA’s governance. Following his support to establish the London & South East Region Women’s Football League; Greg now serves as a representative on the FA Women’s Ambassadorial Panel. This involves him visiting England’s top clubs and Regional Talent Centres. He regularly travels internationally with the England Women’s Teams as an FA delegate.

 Michael Butcher

Michael Butcher
- Kent FA Council Member / Kent FA Referee

Michael is a Transport Manager for a national company, leading on operational management.

Though now in his 40’s, he continued his playing career until the age of 37 when injuries took their toll. Whilst playing, Michael took up a role on the Sheppey Sunday League, eventually becoming Chairperson in 2012, a position he continues to hold today.

Michael moved from playing, to refereeing and has extensive experience officiating at grassroots football; and has now progressed to a more senior level, officiating on the SCEFL League.

Michael joined the Kent FA Council in 2012, and in 2015 he was elected to the role of Division 2 Referees’ Officer and onto the Kent FA Referees’ Committee.

Thus, in addition to refereeing games, he also observes up and coming referees in Kent.

Michael has been committed to supporting grassroots football in many different roles, for in excess of 30 years.

Kelly Discipline

 

Kellie Discipline
- Kent FA Director

Kellie has pursued a varied career; having worked for Coutts Bank, being a PA to a finance director, league secretary for the Football Conference and now being the League CEO and Director at the Isthmian Football League. She has also found time to be the club secretary for Erith & Belvedere FC and later Thamesmead Town FC.

She joined the Kent FA Council in 2004, and has been a member of various committees, including Senior Football, Disciplinary, Cups and Rules & Regulations, Development, Governance and Competitions.

Kellie has a wealth of knowledge in football administration, in particular child welfare and safeguarding.

Kellie first became a director of the Kent FA in 2016, and is the Board of Director’s Safeguarding Champion.

Kellie is keen for the Kent FA to embrace inclusivity and diversity, and passionate about volunteering and giving back her experience to grassroots football.

Leigh Willis Headshot

Leigh Willis
- Kent FA Council Member

Leigh is the chairperson of Anchorians Football Club, based in Medway, and has been involved with this club since 2009. Leigh began his involvement as a coach and manager for his daughter’s U10 team. Outside of football, Leigh is a business account manager for a firm based in Guildford.

Since becoming involved in football 10 years ago, Leigh has held a variety of roles particularly in Girls and Women’s football, as both a coach and administrator. Leigh became further involved in grassroots football taking on the role of vice chairperson of Kent Girls and Ladies Football League, stepping up to chairperson after 6 months.

In 2010, Leigh became involved in club administration by becoming Anchorians Football Club’s social secretary, stepping up to club secretary. He became the chairperson of Anchorians FC in 2011.

Through his experience gained with the KGLFL and Anchorians FC, the next step for Leigh was to join the Kent FA Council; which he did in 2015. Leigh is currently the vice chairperson of the Kent FA Strategy and Partnerships Committee.