London FA Board of Directors

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The London Football Association (LFA), one of the largest of the County Football Associations, is undertaking a transformational overhaul of its Board and inviting applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for a range of new Non-Executive Board positions. The move, which follows The FA’s own governance initiative earlier this year, will ensure that London’s diverse football community has a greater say in shaping a more inclusive and sustainable future for the sport in the city.

The LFA’s corporate governance reforms comply with Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance, which was launched in May 2017 to ensure the highest levels of transparency are present in all sport.

Lisa Pearce, CEO of LFA, explains: “London is a fantastically diverse city where football is enjoyed and played by over half a million people, whether at school, Sunday League five-aside or at a professional level. We want to reflect this diversity in the members of our Board. As the first woman to hold the role of CEO at the LFA, it’s particularly poignant for me to lead London’s governing body of the game through this exciting period of change and enrich the future of grassroots football in London. 

“Creating a new structure at board level provides greater representation of the communities we serve.  We are also strengthening our decision-making process to ensure that our actions are fair, transparent and promote equality of opportunity for all. By helping change perceptions and turn our ambitions into action, we want to give Londoners, irrespective of age, background, ethnicity and ability, greater involvement in how the game is run.”

Sir Simon Hughes, Independent Director of the LFA, says: “Football is deeply woven into the fabric of our society and it is hugely important for the sport to provide access and opportunities for all members of the community.  We want to see the right people are in place to help the LFA meet its objectives and deliver great experiences across the capital to help more people get into and stay playing the game.”

Alongside these new governance reforms, the LFA is investing £150,000 in attracting more girls to the sport. This includes launching the FA’s new Wildcats programme in London, targeting five to 11-year olds. The LFA will launch a new Walking Football initiative this autumn to support the physical and mental wellbeing of over 55-year olds and to grow the number of football teams to meet demand this season, the LFA has launched a new £100,000 investment programme for clubs and leagues to access grassroots funding. 

The new LFA positions include three independent Non-Executive Directors, six Football / Sport Directors and one Finance & Risk Director. They will act as ‘Champions of Business’ through their diverse skills, experience and backgrounds, applying their independent expertise to the LFA Board. Applications should be sent to by 5pm on 10th September 2017.

Following the announcement of its new board structure, the LFA has welcomed widespread support from the sporting community.

Kelly Simmons, MBE, FA Participation and Development Director, said: “Following a trailblazing summer of women’s sport, and record numbers of people watching women’s football, the LFA’s new Board strategy will ensure more women will have the opportunity to contribute to play the game at all levels.

“By creating a strong base and developing inspirational role models, the LFA is removing the social barriers to participation so that people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities have the opportunity to get involved.”

Roisin Wood, Chief Executive Officer at Kick It Out, said: “Kick It Out is in full support of London FA’s efforts to ensure they have a Board and Council that represents the diversity of the capital.

“We would strongly urge candidates from underrepresented communities to apply for these positions to help London FA develop further their equality and inclusion work.”

David Garrido, Sky Sports Presenter, said: “The new reforms are extremely positive news for the long-term interests of football in London.  Under the dynamic leadership of CEO Lisa Pearce, who is no stranger to breaking down barriers and setting new standards, the LFA is in safe hands as it transitions to become more inclusive and reflective of London’s grassroots football community.”

Emma Hayes, Manager of Chelsea Ladies FC, said: “Women’s football has never been in such a strong position and following England’s bid for the Women’s Euros in 2021, this is a fantastic opportunity to cement the long-term future of the sport. We applaud the LFA’s decision to open up football to the wider community and meet the needs of unrepresented groups including females and those from BAME backgrounds. Now is the time to inspire and welcome more people into our wonderful sport so they can live healthier, more fulfilled lives.”

Below is all the information you need to apply; we know that applying for roles can be time consuming, so we’ve made our application process as simple as possible. All we need from you at this stage is three things:

  • A1-page application form of key information
  • A copy of your CV
  • A diversity monitoring form

Once complete please send it through to - we look forward to receiving your application. Full role descriptions can be found here:

If you have any questions please email CEO Lisa Pearce at

Current Board Members:

George Dorling G.R. Dorling

George was appointed to the Board in 2001 and is a vice-president of the London FA, he is also the London FA representative on the FA Council where he serves on the Alliance committee , Judicial Panel and Trophy Committee which he is vice chairman. George held many positions within the footballing world including  Chairman of the AJY League and is currently Chairman of the London Inter league Cup. He was a senior referee and officiated on the Isthmian league, and refereeing the London FA Senior Cup Final and London FA  Sunday Challenge Cup Final. George had a career in the manufacturing industry before becoming an Health & Safety consultant in the construction industry.  

  Sir Simon Hughes

Simon was appointed to the board in December 2015 as the first independent director for the London FA. Simon has lived in London continuously since 1977 and is a barrister by profession. He was Liberal and  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 presently the President of the Liberal Democrats in London. Since leaving parliament Simon has worked as Head of Public Affairs for the Open University. He is also an Honorary  Fellow of London South Bank University, Chair of Trustees of the London Bubble Theatre Company, Chair of Governors of St. James's CoE Primary School Bermondsey, Vice-Chair of Trustees of Bacon's College and Trustee of Millwall Community Trust. He is a long-standing Millwall FC supporter and supporter of Wales at rugby and Glamorgan at cricket.

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Roger Fox STAFFR. Fox QAM

Roger qualified as a referee with the London Football Association in 1972 and was elected to its Council in 1988 and appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014.  He has served on the referees committee in various positions including being the Chairman of that committee for 5 years.  He is a FA qualified Disciplinary Chairman allowing him to chair board of appeals and other disciplinary cases.  He has been associated with the George Roberts Football league since 1972 and has held numerous position on it and was made a Life Vice-President for service to the league in 2008.  Roger worked for the London Ambulance Service as a Senior Manager for 41years until his retirement in 2014.

Derek Harris STAFF  D.R. Harris

Derek like most other volunteers became involved in football administration when his son Paul joined a Youth Club in 1981 and has been involved in all aspects of a football Club, Team Manager, Club Secretary, Chairman, Child Welfare Officer. In 2002 he was invited to join the Tandridge Youth League as Disciplinary Secretary and after several years in the role also took on the General League Secretary role, due to the lack of volunteers Derek also covers as a Fixtures Secretary and many other tasks. In 2006 Derek Joined the London Youth Football Association and in 2014 became the Vice Chair of the London Youth Division, Chair of the London Youth Representative teams, member of the Development Committee and a Director all roles that he hold to today. Derek was a Surrey County FA Council Member serving on the League Representative committee and facilities Committee until he took up the post of Director at the London FA. Having spent some 36 years in Youth Football Derek is still very passionate at continuing to provide a safe, friendly and enjoyable environment for young people to play and enhance their skills


Tony Sharples A.J. Sharples

General Secretary of The Waltham & District Sunday Football League from  1965 to 1984 which had 13 divisions and covered 4 CFAs. Member of the London Football Association from 1981. Chairman of The Association from 2006 to 2014 and Vice-Chairman from 2014 to present day. Appointed a Director in 2006 and Vice-President in 2012. Represented The Association on The Football Association from 2006 to 2015 serving on the following Committees: Sanctions and Registrations; Women's Committee; Rules Committee; Appeals Committee. In 2015 left the FA having reaching the compulsory retirement age. Made an Honorary Member of the Football Association in 2015.

Graham TaylorG.C. Taylor

Ian Wallis I. Wallis

Ian joined the Council of the London FA in 2002 and has been on the Board of Directors since 2012, He also chairs the Cup Competitions Committee
as well as the South East Division and many Judicial Commissions.Previously he spent 27 years as General Secretary and 20 years as Chairman 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 is also  a founder and Trustee of the Charlton Athletic Museum.

John Leahy J.P. Leahy