Peter Lee OBE

Peter Lee OBE

Peter Lee OBE is Chair of the Board of Trustees and was formerly the Chief Executive of the Football Foundation and the Football Stadia Improvement Fund Ltd.

The Foundation is a partnership between Government, the Football Association and the Premier League and is the biggest sports charity in the UK.

The Foundation and the FSIF provide grant aid for grass roots facilities in parks and schools, community and education projects and safety and improvement work.

Peter was Chief Executive of the Football Trust and the Sports Grounds Initiative from 1990 until the Football Foundation was set up in July 2000.

Before that he spent 25 years in the Civil Service, mostly in the Department of the Environment. His service included tours of duty in Ministers’ offices and the Sports Directorate.

His departmental brief on football included chairing the Council of Europe’s Standing Committee on Spectator Violence. Peter is an independent member of the Board of the Institute of Groundmanship.

He was appointed OBE in 2006.

Michael Curson

Michael Curson

Michael Curson is a pharmacist by profession, having been qualified for 29 years.

He has spent the majority of his career in the hospital sector, and worked at Nevill Hall Hospital Abergavenny, Cardiff Royal Infirmary and the Royal Gwent Hospital.

Mike’s current role is that of a primary care pharmacist working for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. This involves working with GP’s and Healthcare Professionals to ensure high standards of governance in prescribing and encouraging the cost effective use of medicines within the health board. He has particular interests in cardiology, diabetes and the management of long term conditions.


Mike has been involved in football since a very early age playing junior football and then progressing to adult football. He played one season of Welsh League football with Panteg AFC which he enjoyed immensely, but most of his footballing days were played at Gwent County level with Cwmffrwdoer AFC and Tranch AFC.

When his children showed an interest in the sport, he became coach of junior club Griffithstown AFC, where he took a boys team from U7 mini-football to U16s.

It now gives him great pleasure to see some of these boys (now men!) play locally. His daughter also became interested in football and progressed through the Welsh Football Trust pathway to represent Wales at all levels and much of his time has since revolved around travelling to watch her play.

As a result of this, he has been involved locally in the development of the women’s’ game in Gwent and has a keen interest in the further growth of female football.

Mike is a keen, enthusiastic golfer and plays regularly at Pontypool Golf Club.

He is also a Cardiff City season ticket holder and really enjoys watching the technical ability of professional players. In his spare time he loves to travel with his wife.


Laura McAllister

Laura McAllister

Professor Laura McAllister CBE is Professor at the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University.

She was educated at Bryntirion Comprehensive School, Bridgend and is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Cardiff University where she completed a PhD in politics.

Laura was a member of the Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for National Assembly for Wales that reported in March 2004 and provided research advice to the Independent Panel on AMs' Pay and Support in 2008-09. She is Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and the China National School of Administration, Beijing.

A former Wales football international and national team captain with 24 caps, Laura was Chair of Sport Wales from 2010-16 and a Board Member of UK Sport. She has been a Trustee of Stonewall UK and the National Assembly Remuneration Board.

She is a trustee of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, as well as a member of the Wales Advisory Committee of the British Council.

Laura holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Bangor, Cardiff, Cardiff Met, South Wales and Swansea and is a Fellow of the Learned Society for Wales.


Kelly Davies

Kelly Davies

Kelly Davies is the Founder and CEO of UK social enterprise of the year 2015, Vi-Ability.

Kelly set up Vi-Ability with the vision to transform sports clubs into community hubs.

To achieve this Vi-Ability offer all individuals the experience of running sports clubs, teaching them key life and employability skills.

This creates self-belief in individuals, commercial ideas for sports clubs and engages the wider community.

Kelly studied for an MBA in Football Industries at the University of Liverpool and had the honour of being the youngest graduate in Europe.

A former international player, Kelly won 36 caps for Wales at intermediate and senior level.

In addition to her sporting interests and collecting football memorabilia Kelly also enjoys socialising and volunteering for community projects.

Tim Goodson

Tim Goodson

Tim Goodson BSc FCA is the MD of DVS Ltd a distributor of CCTV and electronic surveillance products.

He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Cardiff, where he qualified as a chartered Accountant in 2001.

During his seven years with PwC, Tim undertook a diverse range of projects working in the Transaction Services department including a secondment to PwC in California, USA.

Tim later joined Resource Ltd, a company providing professional services to a family of companies and acted as a Board member for several commercial entities including Euro Clad Ltd and Eurobond Laminates Ltd and holding director roles in a number of other companies.

Tim started playing football at the age of 8 for a Cardiff Cub Scout team and continued to play in the Cardiff Youth Leagues until he went to University, where he subsequently played for Swansea University.

On his return to Cardiff Tim joined AFC Whitchurch where he played in the South Wales Senior League. Tim continues to play 5-a-side on a regular basis.

Chris Hatcher

Chris Hatcher

Chris Hatcher BSc (Econ) FCA; MEWI is Company Secretary and has a joint honours degree in Accountancy and Law.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of the Expert Witness Institute and also of The Academy of Experts.

He has been a partner in the South Wales accountancy practice of Watts Gregory LLP since 1994 and specialises in forensic accounting and acting as an expert witness in Court proceedings.

Chris played football for Cardiff Schools and was offered trials with Football League clubs but chose to continue in education and subsequently played whilst at University and later at local league level.

He represented his club and Welsh Universities at golf, both Cardiff AAC and his county at athletics/cross country and played cricket at league standard.

He was involved in running a junior football club and a Sunday League club for several years and served on a league management committee.

He had a short period of involvement with Cardiff City as part of the ill-fated Supporters Board during the Rick Wright era and remains a shareholder of the club.

Chris is a former Finance Director of Snowsports Wales, the governing body of skiing in Wales.

All three of his children were members of the Welsh Ski squad who compete in international races representing Great Britain, and he acted as Head of Delegation of the Welsh team at the 2001 World Schools Skiing Championship.

Tim Hartley

Tim Hartley

Tim Hartley is a media consultant and journalist.

He spent 17 years with the BBC working on the 6 O’clock news, Radio Five Live and as editor of S4C’s nightly news programme, ‘Newyddion.’

Tim was Head of News for the Welsh Government and was the First Minister's Official Spokesman before being appointed Director of Corporate Affairs at the Welsh language broadcaster S4C.

Born in Cardiff, Tim is a graduate of Aberystwyth University and the universities of Bradford and Leeds. He has worked as a consultant in Central Asia and Africa for the British Council, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the United Nations Development Programme. Tim’s book of travel writing ‘Kicking off in North Korea’ was published in 2016.

Tim has coached, managed and refereed youth teams in Cardiff and he is still a regular 5-a-side player. He is Vice Chair of Supporters Direct, the umbrella body for sport trusts in the UK, a director of the Co-Operative News and a founding trustee of the Wales Football Supporters charity, Gôl.

Tim is a magistrate sitting on the Cardiff bench and chairs the Royal Television Society in Wales.

Chris Whitley

Chris Whitley

Chris Whitley was born and brought up in Mold in North Wales and has now lived in Conwy for twenty years.

He is a former Head of Physical Education at the Alun School, in Mold, and progressed to Head of Lower School and subsequently Head of Multidisciplinary Special Needs Unit.

For the latter part of his career he worked as Behaviour Support Consultant.

He is a current UEFA “A” Licence Coach. Served as Manager/ Coach to the Welsh School’s F.A. Under Fifteen Squad for a period of fifteen years.

He has experience of working with Welsh National Squads at every level up to U19.

Chris is a member of the Football Association of Wales having served for a period in excess of 30 years and has been a member of the Welsh Schools Football Association for in excess of 45 years and served as Chairman for two periods.

He is a former Chairman of the School’s Association Football International Board and also Chair of the Welsh Premier League and has extensive experience of working with Youth Development Structures, having served as Academy Director at Barry Town and Colwyn Bay and currently Conwy Borough Football Club.

Serving in his second spell on the FAW Trust having the privilege of previously holding the position as Vice Chairman. He is extremely proud of the evolution of the Trust in establishing the reputation for the Football Association of Wales as one of the finest “Football Providers” in World Football.


Will Lloyd-Williams

Will Lloyd-Williams

Will Lloyd-Williams is a passionate former footballer who believes firmly in the sport looking after its players.

He's based in Machynlleth and is the chairman of the Mid Wales Football Association and says his motivation for being on the FAW and FAW Trust board is raising the standards of football in the country.

Mr Lloyd Williams is a firm believer that the grassroots is the lifeblood of our game but Central Wales' representative on the FAW board also hopes his ideas and enthusiasm can drive the game forward at the elite level.

David James

David James

David is Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Economics at Bangor Business School [Bangor University].

He was educated at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle, Penygroes and Ysgol Eifionydd, Porthmadog and is a graduate of the University of Manchester.

David subsequently qualified as a schoolteacher, gaining a Post-graduate Certificate in Education at Didsbury College of Education, Manchester.

He commenced his career as a schoolteacher at Ysgol Rhiwabon, near Wrexham.  He then spent some time teaching in Adelaide, South Australia before returning to Wales.  David then moved on to further education at Coleg Gwynedd, Bangor and subsequently to higher education and a lecturing post at Y Coleg Normal, Bangor.  David has also been employed as freelance sports commentator and reporter, primarily by BBC Cymru Wales TV and radio.

He played football for a number of north Wales clubs, including Pwllheli, Porthmadog, Holywell Town, Chirk AAA, Llay Welfare, Rhos Aelwyd and Rhostyllen.

Along with other parents he helped set up CP-D Penrhosgarnedd, a junior club in the Bangor area, where he acted as coach, media officer and child welfare officer.

He was Chair of the Gwynedd panel of the Community Chest Fund and also a member of the north Wales Sportlot panel, both under the auspices of the Sports Council of Wales.

He serves as treasurer of the newly-formed north Wales Coast [West] Football League, having previously acted for over 20 years as treasurer of the Gwynedd League.  He was a community councillor for many years, and chair on 2 occasions, as well as a school governor.

David, who is fully bilingual in Welsh and English, was elected on to the FAW council in 2019 and is an active member of the National Leagues Board.

Ian Williams

Ian Williams

Ian Williams started his career with Wrexham Maelor Borough Council as their first Trainee Leisure Manager in 1986, gaining experience during three-year training period of managing, developing and promoting a number of high profile leisure facilities.

He was then appointed the Borough’s first Community Recreation Manager in 1989, working with voluntary and statutory groups to promote sport in the area, organising special events and promoting identifying the recreation needs for various sectors of the community

In July 1990, he managed the North Wales Regional Tennis Centre in Wrexham Centre Manager, responsible for the management, administration, financial planning and promotion of the facility, which at the time of his departure was in the top three Indoor Tennis Centres in the UK.

In 1993, he was appointed Montgomeryshire Council’s Leisure Manager and upon local authority reorganisation was appointed to the role of Regional Sports Development Manager for North Powys.

In 2003, he joined TNS FC as their General Manager and appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2007.

He Joined TNS FC from Welsh Premier neighbours Cefn Druids in April 2003, spending almost 11 years at the Wrexham based club following the amalgamation of Druids United and Cefn Albion in 1992/3 taking on a variety of roles including player assistant manager, team manager and three years later became the clubs first General Manager and then Managing Director securing sponsorship deals with Flexsys and NEWI before leaving to join TNS FC full time in April 2003.

Prior to joining Druids, he captained Gresford Athletic in the Cymru Alliance league as well as acting as club secretary for several seasons.

He also spent two years with Wrexham FC, captaining their reserves side in in 1986/7 as well as spending a season with Mid Wales side Newtown in 1985.

He's been an active Council Member of the FAW since 2012, serving on the ExCo as well as the National Game Board, the Welsh Premier League Panel and more recently the newly created National League Board. I’ve also represented Welsh clubs on the European Club Association (ECA)

Lee James

Lee James

Gail Powell

Gail Powell

Ian Williams

Ian Williams

Phil Woosnam

Phil Woosnam