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Board, Council & Staff

Meet The Team

Below is a contact list for the Wiltshire County FA Board of Directors and Members of Council:-

Board Members  

Alan Smith

Alan Smith CBE - Chairman 

Alan joined Wiltshire FA after stepping down from his role as Chairman of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and Chairman of SCS Group Plc. After joining The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises in 1976, Alan dedicated 47 years to supporting RIAT in a variety of roles, contributing to an event which annually raises £2 million for its parent charity, The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. At the same time, Alan also takes a step back from SCS Group Plc, the well-known retail company listed on the London Stock Exchange, after 9 years as Chairman. Alongside taking the reins at Wiltshire FA, Alan continues in his other current role as a Non-Executive Director of NAAFI, a company controlled and owned by the Ministry of Defence, which supplies hospitality and retail services to the UK Armed Forces worldwide.


Colin Kennerson 

Colin has been involved in grassroots football as a player, club treasurer and secretary for many years. He also refereed at District, County and Supply League and was appointed to English Schools competition. Colin has assessed for 10 years and has been involved in the administration of the Salisbury League and following relocation the Trowbridge League, where he has been League Secretary since 2012. Colin joined The Wilts FA as a league representative in 2016 and became a Director in 2018, during this time he has been the Chairman of the Football Service Committee.


 Christina McCosh - Vice Chair and Safeguarding Champion

Tina has lived in Chippenham since 2004, having moved from Gutersloh in Germany. She is involved at club and league level locally, having been introduced to youth football in 2001. Tina was elected to Council in 2015 and to the Board in 2017. In 2019 Tina was elected as Vice Chair of Council. Tina has worked in primary schools (various roles) since 1999 and studied Business and Languages at University. Tina held a career with the Woolwich and was a District Manager before moving to Germany where she worked as a Finance Officer at HQ BAOR.


Jon Dennis - County Finance Director 

Jon Dennis FCA is our Non Exec Finance Director. He runs a firm of Chartered Accountants, based out of Newbury and covers Wiltshire. Having qualified with PwC Southampton, he has held a variety of roles during a 20 year corporate career before setting up RED 76 Tax. He is now firmly positioned to help SME business sector in Wiltshire with compliance and advisory needs. Inside football he is a level 2 coach running an U11 team, as well as performing goal keeping coaching across multiple years. He also set up the Futsal school in his club which give 80 kids each week exposure to the format.


Dave Buckley 

Dave is currently the Chairman of Malmesbury Youth FC and has been their Under 6’s Coach for the last 14 years. Dave is a Level 3 FA Coach and a strong advocate of the England DNA ethos. He has played football all his life, and still plays both 5 a side and walking football. He moved to Wiltshire in the 80’s from Reading and is a regular supporter at the Madejski Stadium. He has lived in Malmesbury for over twenty years and has helped build the new Wiltshire FA HQ building in Devizes in a consultancy role as a Non-Executive Board member.

Simon Russell

Simon Russell 

Simon joined Wiltshire FA as Chief Executive Officer in 2024.

Marshall Ayoade - County HR Director

Marshall is our Non- Exec HR Director. A senior HR Director he has worked for blue chip organisations such as Sainsbury, Camelot and Vodafone and now runs an HR Practice based in Greater London. An avid lover of football Marshall played from school up to county level. A keen advocate on the benefits of sport and football in the community for young people, Marshall advises and supports various organisations on the benefits of sport and wellbeing. When not working and pre-COVID Marshall loves to traveling around the globe.

Bazil Solomon - Co-Opted Member - Inclusion Advisory Group Chairman

Bazil has played football since his school days. He is the Chairman of the Wiltshire FA Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) and a Co-opted Director on the Wiltshire FA Board. Bazil has been actively driving the work of the IAG, aiming to increase playing opportunities for under-represented groups across the County. In his day job, Bazil serves in local government and runs an IT analysis & training company, which helps develop students in colleges and universities’ to understand technology and become job ready.

“I believe that diversity and inclusion plays a key role in developing local communities. Football brings people of different backgrounds and nationalities together, and can unite us, as one team!”

County President

Paul Fox - County President 

Paul has lived in Wiltshire all his life and is now a retired Assistant Chief Probation Officer. Paul has been involved in grassroots football since he began his career with Westbury United in the mid-sixties. Whilst continuing playing; he joined the Management committee of the Trowbridge and District League, of which he is now a life Vice-President. He continued playing until his late thirties during which time he represented Wiltshire. In 1986 he joined Wiltshire FA and served on many committees and Chairing the Youth and Cup committees. For some 15 years he also managed or co-managed the Wiltshire representative teams.

Council Members

Life Vice Presidents: 

Mr Malcolm Baldwin

Lt Col Tony Davies

Mr Paul Fox

Mr Richard Gardiner

Mr Dennis Kilford

Mr Colin Newbury

Mr Adrian Riddiford

Mr Keith Cooper

Mr Ian Hibbard

Mr Dave Phillips

Youth Council

League Representatives 
Mr Clive Archer -  Swindon Sunday League
Mr Craig Gorton - North Wilts Youth League
Mr Colin Kennerson - Trowbridge & District League 
Ian Lycett - Wiltshire Women's & Girls League 
Mrs Tina McCosh - Mid Wilts Youth & Minor League
No committee at present - South Wilts Youth League
Mr Richard Nelson  - Salisbury & District League
Mr Peter Lowe Chippenham & District League 
Mr Colin Tewkesbury - Swindon & District League
Mr Robert Cooke - Wiltshire Senior League

Mr Tony Williams - Representative of Wiltshire Schools FA
Mr Nicholas Edwards  - Forces Representative
Mr Ian Hailstone - Representative of Wiltshire Referees Association
Available - Representative of Small Sided Football 
Mr Simon Hooper - Representative of Senior Referees 

Geographical Representatives
Mr Mark Eburne - North Wiltshire
Vacant  - Central Wiltshire 
Vacant  - South Wiltshire