Football Development Team

Please see below the contact details for staff in the Football Development Team


Paul Jones
County Development Manager
Tel: 01372 384 748 or 07956394256
Football Team: Liverpool
Favourite player: Robbie Fowler
Paul's role looks to promote the Charter Standard programme  whilst leading club, school and league development. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, Paul worked as a Project Manager for a Sport England Initiative for Richmond Housing Partnership. Paul is originally from Manchester which makes being a Liverpool supporter very interesting. Paul’s passion away from Liverpool Football Club is Futsal both as a player and as a coach.

Emma Barnes

Emma Barnes
Senior Football Development Officer
Tel: 01372 384744 or 07961 475213
Football Team: Spurs
Emma manages the football development team on a day-to-day basis. Prior to joining the Surrey FA Emma worked at the London FA as a Women & Girls’ Football Development Officer for 7 years, and was also a Chelsea Ladies Centre of Excellence coach and worked within Chelsea's Football in the Community Scheme.  She is a level 3 coach and is in the process of completing her Youth Module 3.  Emma is a keen swimmer, cyclist and runner and up until last season was playing football for a local team which she had been doing for 20 (ish) years!


Steven Edwards
Football Development Officer (Guildford, Waverley, Woking and Mole Valley)
Tel: 01372 384749
Favourite Team: Bolton Wanderers
Steven is responsible for the development of football in the Surrey County Council Area’s of Guildford, Waverley, Woking & Surrey Heath. As part of his role Steven looks to promote the FA Charter Standard award whilst leading club, school and league development. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, Steven worked as an Athletics Development Officer for UK Athletics. Steven is a fanatical Bolton Wanderers fan and is a seasoned skier.


Jon Burr
Football Development Officer (Kingston, Richmond and Merton)
Tel: 01372384742 or 07985379487
Favourite Players: Robbie Earl and Phil Jagielka
Jon is responsible for the development of football in the Metropolitan Boroughs of Surrey and is also the county lead for Women and Girls development. As part of his role Jon will look to promote the Charter Standard programme whilst leading club, school and league development. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, Jon worked as a community coach for Fulham Football Community Trust and spent a year coaching football on the Northern Beaches in Australia. Jon is a keen canoeist and instructor and can be seen regularly paddling the Thames when the sun is shining.

Chris Cole
Football Development Officer (Tandrige, Epsom & Ewell, Reigate and Banstead)
Tel: 07939 538632
Favourite team and player: Manchester United and Eric CantonaChris looks after football development in Tandridge, Epsom & Ewell and Reigate and Banstead, and also assists on the county wide development of disability football. Prior to joining the County FA, Chris worked as a Disability Officer at the Chelsea FC Foundation.


John O'Malley
Football Development Officer (Croydon and Sutton)
Tel: 01372 384193
Favourite Team: Liverpool 
Favourite Player: Alex Prior
John covers Croydon and Sutton, as well as having a large input towards the County's Futsal programme. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, John worked as and Football Development Officer for both Brighton and Hove Albion FC and Fulham FC. 

Laura W

Laura Wallman
College & Community Football Coordinator
Tel: 01372 384 191 / 07535 464186
Football Team: Ipswich Town
Laura's role is to design, develop and implement College based Football enrichment programmes to help tackle the drop off in 16 – 19 year old male and female players, while forging strong College to Club links in Surrey to support the development of players into community clubs. She will also train and develop football leaders as volunteers, coaches and officials through The FA’s ‘Football Futures’ programme to support the enrichment projects, club links and community programmes. Laura previously worked at Guildford College Group as a Student Liaison Officer and is also a keen sportswoman - particularly Football, Basketball & Tag Rugby.


Craig Hicks
Coach Education Officer
Tel: 01372 387092
Email: or 
Favourite Team: Chelsea FC
Craig is the main point of contact at the County FA for all coaching enquiries. As part of Craig’s role, he organises and plans the whole Coach Education programme for the Surrey County FA, which includes the McDonalds courses and the stand-alone workshops. Craig also assists the Football Development Officers in running courses for Charter Standard Club renewals and works with the Surrey Coaches Association to deliver CPD events for coaches. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, Craig worked as a Leisure Development Officer for Raynes Park Leisure. Craig is also a Level 2a referee and his favourite dish is Spaghetti Bolognese.


Frank Thompson
County Welfare Officer
Tel: 01372 384 745
Favourite Player: George Best
As County Welfare Officer, Frank acts as a conduit between the Surrey County Football Association and the FA Safeguarding Team at Wembley. He also supports Club and League Welfare Officers locally to provide effective safeguarding measures for children and young people throughout the County.


Tim Lawrence
Referee Development Officer 
Tel: 01372 387094/07943 848185
Football Team: West Ham 
Tim has been involved in many aspects of football for 40 years, playing at a local Intermediate level in Sussex and before taking up refereeing. Tim was a Level 3 referee for 10 years and acted as fourth official on many Premier League and Football League matches. He was fourth official on Mark Halsey’s first football league match at Brighton and came on after 30 minutes for the injured assistant referee. Tim is now a Level 4 Referee Tutor and has represented the FA at Regional and National Events. 

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