London FA Board
In 2017 the London Football Association changed its Articles of Association to become compliant with the highest tier of sports governance, as set by Sport England and UK Sport through the Code for Sport Governance.
The Code was launched in October 2016 as the gold standard for sports governance and is widely recognised to be amongst the most advanced governance standards in the world.
The code sets specific goals in relation to transparency, independence and diversity and the London FA was the first County Football Association in England to reach these standards.
The London FA also boasts one of the most diverse boards in sport and you can meet them here.
James Middlehurst, Independent Chair
James lives in Wimbledon and has lived and worked in London all his life.
James comes from a marketing background originally and is an experienced entrepreneur, with over 25 years' experience of working at CEO or Director level, including having served as a Director at the British Direct Marketing Association and on the Direct Marketing Commission. He has founded three SMEs focusing on fraud prevention, GDPR compliance and security software.
Sir Simon Hughes, Senior Independent Director
Simon was appointed to the board in November 2015 as the first independent director for the London FA. He has lived in London continuously since 1977 and is a barrister by profession.
He was a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Bermondsey and the northern part of Southwark from 1983 to 2015. Simon was Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties from 2013 to 2015, and before that his party's Deputy Leader and President.
He is currently the President of the Liberal Democrats in London and since leaving Parliament has worked as Head of Public Affairs for the Open University and Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University and Trustee of Millwall Community Trust.
He is a long-standing Millwall FC fan, and a supporter of the Welsh rugby and Glamorgan cricket teams.
Ian Wallis, Deputy Chair & Football Director
Ian joined the Council of the London FA in 2002 and has been on the Board of Directors since 2012. He is Chair of the Cup Competitions Committee and has been Chair of the South-East Division and many Judicial Commissions.
Previously Ian spent 27 years as General Secretary and 20 years as Chair of the London & Kent Border Football League, at that time comprising 120 adult Sunday teams and has therefore considerable experience with all aspects of football at grassroots level.
He runs his own business and is a life-long Charlton Athletic fan. He is also a founder and trustee of the Charlton Athletic Museum.
Alistair Morgan, Independent Finance & Risk Director
Ali is Regulation – Consumers & Competition Director at the National Audit Office. In a public-sector career spanning almost 20 years, Ali has managed and led audits within the NHS, local government, and the charity sector as well as government departments. His current portfolio of clients are primarily within the justice system and include the Ministry of Justice.
He is experienced in delivering change, most notably overseeing the financial reporting aspects of the complex reorganisation of the NHS in 2013. A qualified accountant, he is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
Ali is a keen football fan and long-time Arsenal season ticket holder.
Kirstin Furber, Independent Director
Kirstin Furber is currently Chief People Officer at Kantor. She was previously Chief People Officer at ClearScore and was the People Director at BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), employing approximately 1800 employees across 14 countries.
Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, Kirstin held the roles of Executive HR Director at Twentieth Century Fox, VP of HR International at Discovery Channel and positions at Ziff Davis, Warner Bros and the Granada Media Group.
She is an accredited coach, has CIPD Fellowship status, is a Business Management graduate and a keen travel photographer.
Roger Fox, Football Director (Council-elected)
Roger lives in Enfield with his wife and has two grown-up children. He qualified as a referee in 1971 and officiated at contributory league level for 18 years.
He is a National Football Association Instructor and a Football Association National Observer of referees and assistant referees.
He joined the London FA Council in 1988 and has served on the Referees' Committee for over 25 years in various roles, including Chairman for five years. He has been involved in grassroots football since 1972, serving on the George Roberts' Enfield Alliance in various positions including Referees' Secretary, Vice-Chairman and Chairman. He was made a Life Vice-President for services to the league in 2008.
From 2013 to 2017 he was a director of London FA, re-joining the board in 2019. In his professional life he worked for the London Ambulance Service for 41 years.
Derek Harris, Football Director
Derek, like many other volunteers, became involved in football administration when his son joined a club in 1981. He has been involved in all aspects of grassroots football as Team Manager, Club Secretary, Chair and Child Welfare Officer.
In 2002 Derek joined the Tandridge Youth League as Disciplinary Secretary and after several years in the role took on the General League Secretary role.
Derek was a Surrey FA Council Member, serving on the league representative committee and facilities committee until he took up the post of Director at the London FA.
Vivienne Aiyela, Football Director
Vivienne has over 15 years of experience working across corporate, public, not-for-profit and commercial sectors.
In addition to working at a senior level in Human Resources and People Development throughout her career, Vivienne has held the position of Chair and Coordinator of the CIPD Diversity and Inclusion Special Interest Group, is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Metropolitan Police Service and is Co-Chair of the BAME Challenge at Inclusive Employers.
Since 2013, Vivienne has held the position of Chair of the Footballer’s Anti-Discrimination Disciplinary Panel for the FA. She’s also a member of Women in Football and has a keen interest and expertise in the sport.
Yashmin Harun, Football Director (Council-elected)
Yashmin is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Muslimah Sports Association (MSA), an award-winning sports organisation that delivers participation opportunities for Muslim women.
Established in 2014, Yashmin has grown the MSA to become a recognised charity that engages over 200 young women a week. Yashmin and the MSA won the inaugural FA for All Award at the London Football Awards in 2019, was highly commended at the She Awards as a Community Champion in the same year and won the Muslim News Awards for Excellence in Sports 2017 and London Sports Workforce Award 2018.
Yashmin’s professional background is in banking and she is also a Non-Executive Director of British Fencing.
Drew Patterson, Football Director (Council-elected)
Drew’s passion is to support young people in London so that they can have the chance and choice of a better life through sport. Drew is a qualified magistrate and now runs the LYP Foundation, a charity that supports young people in London with mental health issues.
Drew is a qualified FA coach and was responsible for setting up the Ballers Community Club, with the aim of diverting young males in London away from crime and providing them with positive opportunities and role models. Drew has also managed teams in the Tandridge, Bexley and Kent leagues.
Drew is also a successful athletics coach, and has coached six national champion athletes, including the UK U17 400m champion.
Beth Archer (Football Director, Council-elected)
Beth is a former player and President of Southampton University Women’s Football Team and is currently an active and registered London FA referee. She is also a member of the London FA Referees Committee and works with the Association to recruit, support and mentor new female referees.
As a Senior Business Consultant for Deloitte Beth has a strong background in designing, developing, and implementing operating models, programme controls and overseeing complex transformation projects predominantly within the public sector.
Paul Mortimer, Football Director / Safeguarding Champion
Paul is a former English professional footballer and has played for several London clubs. These include Fulham, Crystal Palace and most famously Charlton Athletic, with whom he made over 200 appearances, many in the Premier League. He also had stints at Aston Villa and Bristol City.
After his playing career ended, Paul held coaching roles with Wimbledon, Arsenal, Torquay United and Brentford. In 2007, Paul returned to Charlton Athletic to coach the club's women's team.
Paul has previously worked for Kick It Out, an organisation tackling racism and discrimination in football, as Professional Players Engagement Manager. He speaks regularly on football and diversity issues and currently is engaged in media work in football.
He is the London FA Board Safeguarding Champion and works across the Association to ensure that the highest standards of safeguarding are embedded in everything the London FA does.