Football Development & Refereeing Team



Mike Gilham June 16
Mike Gilham
Football Development Manager
01372 384 192
Mike's role is to lead and manage the Football Development team to deliver the County FA strategy, NGS targets, Whole Sport Plan and Inclusion targets. Mike is our lead on the protection and enhancement of football facilities across the CFA. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, Mike worked for The FA in their Skills Programme, as Team Leader for Surrey and Sussex.

Emma Barnes Staff Feb
Emma Barnes
Senior Football Development Officer (Support in Woking Borough)

Tel: 01372 384 744 Mob: 07961 475 213
Emma manages the football development team on a day-to-day basis. Before 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.

Jon Nurse Staff Photo
Jon Nurse
Football Development Officer (Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead, Tandridge and Waverley)

Tel: 01372 384 194 Mob: 07740 724 832
Jon is responsible for the development of football in the Surrey County Council Area’s of Guildford, Waverley, Woking & Surrey Heath. Part of Jon's role looks to promote the FA Charter Standard award whilst leading club, school and league development. Before joining the Surrey FA, Jon was a professional footballer who played for clubs such as Dagenham & Redbridge, Stevenage and Barnet and in 2010 scored the winner at Wembley as part of the Dagenham & Redbridge squad that won promotion to League 1 by defeating Rotherham United 3-2 in the League 2 play off final. Alongside his role at Surrey FA, Jon is the First Team Coach at Ryman Football League club Metropolitan Police FC.

Jon Burr Staff (Feb)
Jon Burr
Football Development Officer (Kingston, Richmond and Merton)

Tel: 01372 384 742 Mob: 07985 379 487
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. Jon has previously 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.

John OMalley
John O'Malley
Football Development Officer (Croydon and Sutton)
01372 384 193 Mob: 07983 478 164
John covers the Croydon and Sutton boroughs as part of his role as a Football Development Officer, as well as having a large input towards the County's Futsal programme and Futsal League. John has worked as and Football Development Officer for both Brighton and Hove Albion FC and Fulham FC.

Laura Wallman
Laura Wallman (Guildford)
Children & Young People Football Development Officer

Tel: 01372 384 748 Mob: 07535 464 186
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 whilst forging strong College to Club links in Surrey to support the development of players into community clubs. She also trains and develops 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.

Craig Hicks
Craig Hicks
Coach Education Officer

Tel: 01372 387 092
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Craig is the main point of contact at the County FA for all coaching enquiries. Craig's role is to organise and plan the whole Coach Education programme for the Surrey FA, including 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. Craig has experience working as a Leisure Development Officer for Raynes Park Leisure and is a Level 2A referee, meaning that he referees in the Vanarama National League and officiates in the Sky Bet Football League.

Tim Lawrence
Tim Lawrence
Referee Development Officer
Tel: 01372 387 094 Mob: 07943 848185
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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