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Cornwall FA Staff, Board and Football Management Board


Chief Executive Officer

 Dawn Aberdeen

Dawn Aberdeen

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Football Services Team

Richard Pallot Governance Manager

Richard Pallot, Football Services Manager

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 Claire Summers- Evans- Designated Safeguarding Officer                                 

Claire Summers-Evans, Designated Safeguarding and Football Services Officer

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Joe Hocking

Joseph Hocking, Football Services Apprentice


 Football Development Team

 Daniel Greenough Senior FDO

Daniel Greenough, Football Development Manager

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 Joshua Stockdale Male FDO

Joshua Stockdale, Football Development Officer - Male Participation

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Andrew Heapy 

Andrew Heapy, Football Development Officer - Womens, Girls and Disability

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George Roberts, Marketing and Communications Officer

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Referee Team

Lee Edit 

Lee Swabey, Referee Development Officer

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 Luke Wilkes

Luke Wilkes, Referee Appointments Officer


Mark Philpott

Mark Philpott, Referee Appointments Officer



                                                                 The Board Of Directors

Chairman & FA Rep:    Geoff Lee

Vice-Chairman:             John Fabby      

Finance Director:          Peter Stevenson                        

Board of Directors:      Geoff Lee, Peter Stevenson, Steve Lawrence, Steve Carpenter, Rachel Williams

Independent Non-Executive Directors    John Fabby and Gaynor Baldwin


Geoff Lee

Geoff Lee

Board Chairman, FA Rep

Geoff was elected to Cornwall FA Council in 2002.

He has represented Cornwall on the National FA Council since 2005 and has been Cornwall Board and Council Chairman from 2008 to present.

Geoff has a background in teaching where he taught in Cornish Schools for 34 years after training to be a teacher at Exeter St Lukes College.

He was once a County player and player for a number of South Western League teams and after stepping away from playing was then County Youth Team Manager and Former Chairman of Cornwall Schools Football Association.

Geoff was born East Ham, London and is a West Ham Supporter.


John Fabby

John Fabby

Vice Chairman and Football Development Independent Director







Peter Stevenson

Peter StevensonFinance Director 

Peter is a Chartered Accountant with offices in Launceston and Falmouth and has been involved with Launceston AFC for many years including being finance director since 2000. Peter is also the Finance  Director of South Western Peninsular Football League.

Although never playing football himself his daughter played for 10 years with a claim to fame of scoring in the FA cup.

Away from football Peter enjoys spending time with his family and working! In earlier life when he was fitter Peter was a qualified British Canoe Instructor.


Dawn Aberdeen

Dawn AberdeenChief Executive, Company Secretary

Other than as a pitch-side parent and spectator Dawn's involvement in football started as Club Secretary of Charlestown Youth Football Club in January 2000, a role she did for many years.  Dawn also sat on the committee of the East Cornwall Youth League for 2 seasons.  During this time she started working for the County FA on a part-time basis, then full-time. It was in 2007 when Dawn became Governance Manager and following an extended period of covering for the County Secretary whilst on sick leave she then applied for, was interviewed and became the first Chief Executive (title change) on 1st October 2011. 



Steve Lawrence

Safeguarding and Referee Director 

Falmouth born (Liverpool supporter since the 1960’s) Steve enjoyed success in “junior” football before becoming a referee in 1975. Steve LawrenceRefereeing in local leagues, the old South Western League and at County Championship level he was appointed to referee both the Senior and South Western league cup finals in 97/98.  Becoming a referee assessor (Observer) in 2000 he observes those seeking promotion at County, Supply and National league levels. A CCFA Council and Board member since 2016 he is currently the Board “Safeguarding” Champion, using knowledge and experience gained from almost 25 years as a school Governor, also sitting on both the CCFA annual awards and groundsman of the year panels.

A staunch supporter of referees he has held many “offices” within the Referees Association, currently a County Life member receiving both local and national awards for his service. He also holds a “Humpty Dumpty” award received many years ago when, at half time, he fell over a wall at Mawnan Smith not realising that he’d dropped his pencils. Cautions were not issued in the second half and fortunately no goals were scored!

Steve Carpenter 

Steve moved to Cornwall in 1974 on joining the Royal Navy and spent most of the next 28 years based at RNAS Culdrose. During this time, he played badly (his words) for a small number of teams in the local area before turning his hand to coaching, managing and refereeing where he was fortunate enough to officiate on Service and Inter ServiceSteve Carpenter - New Vice Chairman on CCFA Board matches around England and in such varied countries as Kuwait and the Philippines as well as local games.  Injury ended his active involvement on the field and his Naval career in 2002.  Since 2008 he has been involved in league administration on the Falmouth/Helston League, the Trelawny league and latterly the St Piran League where he is the League Secretary.
Steve first joined the then Council in 2012 as the Trelawny League representative before taking a break from football during the 2017-18 season to go travelling.  He was re-elected in 2018 as an Area Representative (West). 
Steve is currently the Chairman of the Rules and Competitions Working Group and was elected as County Vice Chairman in 2020.  
Originally from Scunthorpe he remains a committed follower of The Iron.


Rachel williams

Director for Inclusion and Diversity

Rachel is an experienced Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) professional, currently leading the I&D agenda for the House of Lords. Driving forward significant culture change within the House of Lords for both its employees, the public and the House's Members. Beginning with a blank page, in 2016 she began by making the economic case for inclusion to senior stakeholders with the same informed zeal as the compelling social case. Key parts of her current role involve providing strong corporate leadership, championing inclusion and diversity internally and sharing best practice externally, whilst influencing and changing the culture of the organisation.

Rachel WilliamsAs the leading source of expertise about I&D within the House of Lords Administration and owner of the comprehensive ‘Focus on Inclusion Strategy’, her role is to identify potential issues, risks and develop effective interventions and creative initiatives. Since 2016 Rachel has lead the House of Lords to achieve the following accolades: Disability Confident Leadership Status, Ranked 15th in the UK’s Top 50 Inclusive Employers, Achieved Gold status in the Inclusive Employers Index, recognised as the Highest new entry to Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (64th) and Placed 47th in the UK Social Mobility Foundation’s employers Index.  Rachel was also shortlisted for Inclusive Companies, Head of Inclusion and Diversity of the year award in 2019. 

Previously, Rachel worked in the financial services arm of EY (Ernst and Young), delivering projects such as the firm's first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic development and retention programme and social mobility outreach schemes. Rachel started her career in inclusion in a consultancy role at Inclusive Employers advising private, public and third sector organisations such as the Royal Navy, Macmillan Cancer and the Co-op designing various initiatives and culture change projects. 

Rachel is an avid football fan experiencing the highs and more frequently the lows that come with following Preston North End, whilst occasionally dusting off her own boots at St Agnes Women’s FC .


Gaynor Williams 

Independent HR Director  

Gaynor Baldwin

Working predominantly in the engineering and utilities sector, Gaynor is the current Director of HR for SSI Services. SSI Services is a multi-disciplined contractor and part of South Staffordshire Plc. Gaynor has wide ranging knowledge and involvement in recruitment, management development, managing change and the overall running of a commercial business.She is a trustee of a defined benefit pension scheme, trustee of a life assurance trust and member of a pension governance committee.

Away from work, Gaynor is an avid football supporter and really enjoy watching teams at all different tiers. Aside from football, Gaynor also supports a local community project that helps bring people together over the festive period.

                   THE CORNWALL FA football management board (formerly COUNCIL)


President- Nigel Hannaford

Vice-Presidents- Gerald Sobey, Oliver Rowe, Chris Batters

Life Members - Nigel Hannaford

Chairman & FA Rep- Geoff Lee

Vice-Chairman- Steve Carpenter

Finance Director- Peter Stevenson

East Area Individual Representatives

David Bray

Barry Cudmore

Geoff Lee

Terry Richards

West Area Individual Representatives

David James

Stephen Lawrence

Steve Carpenter

East and West Area Individual Representatives

Brian Baker

League Representatives

SW Peninsula: Trina Greenough

St Piran League: Mark Adkins

East Cornwall Premier: Gary Cornish

Cornwall Combination: Lester Thomas

Trelawny: Gerald Munden

Duchy: Ian Trevenna

Cornwall Womens: TBC

Cornwall Sunday: To be confirmed

East Cornwall Youth: John Galvin

Kernow Youth: Kevin Knowles

Referees Representative: Simon Long

Schools Representative: Ray Brown

Disability Football Representative: Hailey Collins

Youth Council Representative: TBC

Equality Representative:Rachel Williams