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The Directors of BAFRA

The current holders of the Directors' posts are as follows:

President

Finance

Secretary

Director without Portfolio #1

Operations

Training

Recruitment

Director without Portfolio #2


President - Davie Parsons

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AGM 2010
AGM 2014
Business Support Manager
1985
Glasgow
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Strange as it may seem, Davie first caught the football bug when he was working in Saudi Arabia in the early 1980’s. Almost all his work colleagues were from the USA and they would listen religiously to games on the American Forces Radio Network and watch video every Friday night.

After 3 years in the Saudi desert he returned home to the UK. It was late 1985 and Channels 4 were starting to pick up on the sport, various Football Magazines and First Down were appearing on newsagent’s shelves. He saw an advertisement, placed by BAFRA, looking for people interested in becoming Officials and sent in his application.

During the last 10 years he has been actively involved in training new Officials in Scotland and in October 2004 he put himself forward as a candidate for Director of Training.

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Director of Finance - Andrew Lovell

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4 April 2009
AGM 2013
Product Manager
February 2006
Staffordshire
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One night in 2006, Andrew was watching NFL on Sky Sports, saw a feature on BAFRA, and decided to join there and then.  Having followed American Football it seemed only natural,  Since then Andrew has officiated almost 100 games at various levels across the UK. 

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General Secretary - Paul Sutton

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1 October 2007
AGM 2014
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1989
Lancashire
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Paul has long been active behind the scenes at BAFRA. Initially, from the early 1990’s, he scheduled the officials in the north west of England and this extended to scheduling for the midlands and north of England and Scotland by the mid-1990’s. In 2000, when the number of BAFRA officials meant it was more efficient to schedule centrally, he gave up this role and took on some work in support of the Director of Finance and of analysing data returns from games (activities he has continued into his current post). After an enjoyable on-field career that saw him officiate at numerous bowl games and two internationals (mainly as a linesman or back judge), knee injuries have forced him to retire from active officiating. However, he still undertakes on-field assessments of other officials as part of BAFRA’s development and quality programmes.

Paul is married with two grown up daughters (both of whom have long since left home) and has one grandson and one granddaughter. In March 2007 he retired after nearly forty years in the NHS.

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Director of Operations - Richard Vernon

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AGM 2013



operations@bafra.org
 

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Since 1989 Richard has been a qualified member of BAFRA. He has officiated in over 600 games, including 13 Bowl Games. In March 2011 he retired from full-time employment in Local Government and the following day was elected as the Director of Operations in BAFRA. He is responsible for assigning officials to all games played on the UK mainland. In addition he is Chair of the BAFRA Selection Panel which assigns officials to Bowl Games, European Games and to the Chain Crew for the annual NLF game at Wembley which is always undertaken by members of BAFRA.

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Director of Training - Pete Thom

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May 2012
AGM 2013
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1993
Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
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On retiring from playing American Football back in the nineteen eighties and early nineties I wanted to remain in the sport I loved so in 1993 I joined BAFRA, I have officiated in more than 800 games throughout the UK and in Europe including numerous BritBowl games and the 2011 EFAF Cup Final. This is my second BAFRA directorship as I served as Director of Operations from 2004 to 2008.

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Director of Recruitment - James Meredith

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01 July 2011
AGM 2013



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James joined BAFRA in early 2010 after gradually gaining an interest in American Football over the previous few years, after first discovering it through friends at university. He finally took to the field in the summer after moving to Leeds.So far he was worked in every position except Field Judge, and recently began working as the Referee (the 'white hat') more regularly. He became a director in July 2011 after the previous Director for Recruitment stepped down.

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Director without portfolio #1 - Martin Cockerill

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AGM 2010
AGM 2012
Support and Development Analyst
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Bury St Andrews
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After a number of years playing for the Newmarket Hornets, injuries forced me off the field. I decided to stay in the game and become an official. It was the best move I have ever made. I've worked all levels of the game in Great Britain, I prefer working on the wings as Line Judge or Head Linesman as that's where the action is. I've officiated numerous Div 2 and Div 1 Bowl games, as well as the BUAFL Bowl and Plate games. I have become a great fan of the flag game and have worked in Europe on many occasions for EFAF and the NFL, as well as at the World Cup for IFAF. I am also involved in the development of the rules and officiating mechanics for the Flag game. Off the field I have been married for almost 25 years and have three children. The oldest, my daughter, is also a BAFRA official.



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Director without portfolio #2 - Steve Tonkinson

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5 April 2009
AGM 2013
Software Engineer
1985
Essex
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Steve joined BAFRA in the Summer of 1985 and has been officiating continuously since then. Although he has worked all the positions on the field, nowadays Steve prefers the Referee or Head Linesman positions.

His list of assignments includes thirteen British Bowl games, two EFAF Cup finals, two EuroBowl finals, three European Youth Championships and two European Senior Championships. Steve was the Side Judge at the first IFAF World Championships in 1999 including the Mexico - Japan final.

He has officiated college football in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, plus high school games in both Colorado and Michigan. In Colorado, he officiated a game at Lake County High School - the highest football field in the US at 10,562ft. The locals call it Two Mile High Stadium.

He has trained many new BAFRA officials in the South-East over the years and continues to do so. He has helped train Norwegian officials, assisted the Brazilians to convert from NFL to NCAA Rules and is currently involved in the training of officials in Poland. Several of the officials he has helped to train, both in the UK and abroad, have later become EFAF officials.

He became DWP2 in April 2009, having previously served as a Director of BAFRA for many years in the 1990's. In addition Steve serves as BAFRA’s Deputy President.

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