Meet the FAW Trust Board of Trustees

The FAW Trust Board of Trustees is comprised of 14 members.

Seven of the trustee directors are nominated by the FAW and seven are independently recruited through open advertisement.

The Board meets four times a year and is chaired by Peter Lee OBE.

The Trustees


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 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 Womens’ 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

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 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 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.


Dai Alun Jones

Dai Alun Jones is a Vice President of the Football Association of Wales, and has been since 2012, a General Secretary of the Central Wales FA, of which he is now President and is Chairman of the Ceredigion Ladies League.

He served as Chairman of the FAW Youth and Development Committee from 1998-2001 and represented the FAW at the 5th UEFA Youth Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1999.

He acted as Referees Co-ordinator in the Wales International Soccer Tournament (Ian Rush Competition) and was a Director of the League of Wales from 1995 to 1998 and 2003 to 2004.

Dai Alun has now retired from his work as a librarian at the National Library of Wales where he worked from 1966 until 2003.

He was elected deacon at Morfa Chapel, Aberystwyth in 1994 and became secretary of the chapel in 2004. He is Chairman of Waunfawr Community Association and has been for a number of years.


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 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.


Mark Adams

Mark Adams first got into football when he started refereeing as a 14-year-old in the 1970's, rising to the then Supplementary Referees' List of the Welsh League.

After finishing refereeing owing to a knee problem, he became secretary of the Taff-Ely Football League before moving onto a similar role in the South Wales Girls Football League in 1996, becoming a South Wales FA Council member at the same time.

In 2006 he was elected as Assistant Secretary to the South Wales FA, succeeding to the role of General Secretary when John Phillips retired in 2013, a post I have held since then, also becoming an FA of Wales Council member in 2016

Outside of football, he has spent more than 20 years in banking and finance as well as nearly 14 years as a business advisor on various programmes, also finding the time to be part owner of my own business within that period.



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.


Trefor Lloyd-Hughes

Trefor Lloyd-Hughes is a founder member of the Trust with the late Doug Langley and was at one time chair of the personnel committee.

Resides in Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, North Wales and is proud of his North Wales roots.

Has been involved in all levels of the game, President Anglesey Junior League, Gen Sec Anglesey Football League, the Welsh Alliance League and Gen Sec of the North Wales Coast FA for 20 years and has served the FA Wales since 1989.

Has had a privilege of been the President of the FA Wales from 2012 to 2015 and has served on various committees in FIFA and UEFA.

His dedication at all levels of the game is well known throughout Wales. Trefor is a town councillor in Holyhead and county councillor on Anglesey. Proud of his Welsh connection.


Neil Dymock

Neil Dymock is 45 and works as a Maritime Engineer, based in Bristol.

He has a HNC in Mechanical Engineering, a BSc Honours Degree in Environmental Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and I am qualified as a Cost Engineer and a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply.

He lives in Cardiff but is currently secretary of his hometown club Llanelli Town Football Club and has sat on the Welsh Football League Management Committee for two seasons.

He is also a Trustee of the Gôl Appeal, the Welsh Football Supporters Charitable organisation, Manager of the Wales Football Supporters Team and a volunteer with the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) Cymru.

His playing career began in Junior football with a season at Under 14 level and one at Under 16 level for Felinfoel and Dafen Welfare respectively in the Carmarthenshire League.

He first played Senior Football aged 15 for Dafen and while at Sheffield University he played more than 300 games in three years for a range of University teams.

He has been with Llanelli Football Club since 2007 and has organised good causes to support whenever Llanelli played away in Europe, including orphanages in Lithuania and Latvia, the Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme and a Street Drop-in Centre in Tbilisi, Georgia.

In 2009 he organised for eight children to visit Wales from the orphanages we had visited in Lithuania and Latvia, while we also sponsor two children at the Bala Orphanage in Kenya.

In July 2011, he became the clubs Programme Editor before becoming the club Secretary as all the full time staff at the club left when the club experienced financial meltdown.

On the national side of the game, he’s helped form the Welsh Supporters Charitable organisation the Gôl Appeal, now known as Gôl Cymru, which has raised £100,000 for good causes where Wales play at home and overseas.

During Euro 2016 Neil organised three visits to children’s hospitals in Bordeaux, Lens and Lille, as well as for 13-year-old cancer sufferer Tom Morris, to be a guest of Gôl at the Wales v Slovakia game in Bordeaux last month.


Bob Patton

Bob Patton started his football life as a player at Stockport County.

In 1990, at the age of 28, he moved to North Wales, where he continued playing local football before taking over as chairman at Llandudno Football Club.

He was there for 17 years and in that time worked hard to develop their Maesdu Park ground after finding it in disrepair.

After leaving Llandudno, Bob spent 12 months at Cemaes Bay, helping them to restructure after they were relegated out of the League of Wales.

Then he moved to Conwy United, doing a similar job are they lost their League of Wales status before running Colwyn Bay, in the English system, for 14 years.

Then he became chairman of the North Wales Coast FA before taking over the presidency two years ago.

He’s now a member of the FAW board and a trustee.


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.



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