Meet The Team

Jamie Edwards

Chief Executive Officer


Background:

Jamie was a professional footballer for Bristol City Football Club, and played semi-professionally in Australia. He has been a UEFA B License coach since 2007 and founded and managed a sports coaching company from 2005 – 2007.

Before joining Shrewsbury Town in the Community, he was Community Manager at Hereford United FC Between 2007 - 2014.

Best Part of The Job:

"Every day is different"

Adam Jones

Education and Learning Manager


Background:

Adam joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in September 2018 after working for Virtual Learning UK as an assistant curriculum leader and has experienced working within various different community projects for Hereford United in the Community and Herefordshire Football Association.

Adam graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BSc Hons in Science and Football and Cardiff University with a PGCE in Sport. Adam also holds a FA Level 3 Goalkeeping and Outfield Coaching Qualification.

Adam works within South Shropshire delivering on the Premier League Primary Stars and Advanced Development Centre as a lead coach for the U12 and goalkeeping coach.

Best Part of The Job:

"Giving young children the tools and opportunities to reach their full potential through the provision of PE and seeing so many different personalities each day."

Steve Brotherwood

Operations Manager


Background:

Steve graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with an honours degree in Sports Development and Coaching and worked for Hereford United Community Trust for eight years, before joining Shrewsbury Town in the Community in October 2015.

Best Part of The Job:

"Being able to directly influence people's enjoyment of taking part in sporting and community activities, and seeing the difference that it can make to people from all walks of life"

Lee Thompson

Employability Coordinator


Background:

Lee has over 20 years experience working in a diverse range of roles in Football Coaching, Leisure Facilities and Health & Fitness. In more recent years Lee has moved into Further Education, delivering vocational qualifications, workplace training and Internal Quality Assurance.

Lee leads our Employability Education Programmes for participants who are upskilled and supported in preparation for their chosen career paths. Lee also coordinates the Kickstart Scheme for 30 newly create job roles. He supports the employees with a bespoke programme including employability skills development, wellbeing sessions, qualifications and CPD.

Best Part of The Job:

"Being involving in a diverse range of roles and responsibilities, which helps participants on the employability programmes and employees on the kickstart scheme to develop and progress everyday."

Steve Burnside

Facilities and Events Manager


Background:

Steve joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in September 2019 after working in facility management roles in leisure centres, schools and gyms around Shrewsbury.

Steve studied a masters degree programme in Sports Strength and Conditioning at the University of Gloucestershire following his undergraduate degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences at Staffordshire University. Steve also holds various qualifications in sport including his FA Level 2, Level 3 Personal Trainer and Level 3 Sports Massage.

In January 2020 Steve combined his role of Facilities Manager with that of Events Manager, now splitting his time between both projects and focussing his efforts on raising money for the charity through challenge and fundraising events.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing the impact the work of the charity has on people's lives"

Jonny Hughes

Primary Education Project Manager


Background:

Jonny joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in September 2019 after running his own sports coaching company in Shropshire for 7 years. Jonny is UEFA B qualified and has worked with academies at Shrewsbury Town and Stoke City Football Club. Jonny oversees projects that fall into the Primary age category such as school provision and holiday activities.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing the impact we are making to the local communities and providing a positive learning environment for young people to achieve"

Alex Jones

Education & Learning Project Lead


Background:

Alex graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a degree in Sports Development. After a number of years coaching football in the United States, he returned to the UK and started his role at Shrewsbury Town in the Community as a part-time member of staff and was made full time 6 months later and hasn't looked back since. 

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing young people achieve!"

Sean McAlister

Football Development Co-oridinator


Background:

Played professionally for 13 years at Championship – League 2 level including promotion with Shrewsbury Town. Completed my B licence in 2014 and started coaching within the clubs academy 3 years ago which I continue to do whilst full-time with this role.

Best Part of The Job:

"Watching the kids enjoying their football and helping them develop their all round game"

Calvin Latham

Education & Learning Project Manager (Secondary Education)


Background:

Calvin has now completed over 14 NCS programmes and has progressed from a participant of the programme in 2012 to an NCS Wave Coordinator at Shrewsbury Town in the Community. He is also currently completing a degree in Childhood & Youth development studies.

Calvin’s work in the local community, including being involved with the air cadets, scouts and local youth groups has enhanced his skills and experiences to provide nothing but the best possible NCS experience for the young people who take part.

Best Part of The Job:

"Being in a position to make a difference to young people’s lives."

Chris Lloyd

Community Coach


Background:

Graduated Manchester metropolitan university with an honours degree in Coaching and Sport development. Working on Manchester Schools Team and coaching and Crewe Alexandra Ladies before joining Shrewsbury in 2019.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing people develop their sporting and social abilities whether that’s joining a PE session for first time or developing further in an ADC session, seeing the impact we have on children"

Sophie Challinor

Future Generations Coordinator


Background:

After graduating from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Sophie was a cover teacher in the PE department of her old primary school, Bishops of Hereford Bluecoat School.

She then became an outdoor instructor, doing her training down in Cornwall. Having gained those qualifications she travelled to Greece and Tenerife, where she was a beach lifeguard and ran the water sports at the kids clubs.

She has started a family and done part time work for a while, and has now joined the Shrewsbury Town in the Community charity.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing young people achieve something amazing"

Kate Lindley

Health Activator


Background:

Kate graduated in 2011 from Northampton University with a degree in Dance and quickly moved to London to continue training and performing.

In 2012 she started her journey in the fitness industry and created a successful business teaching dance and fitness classes around the city. In 2018 Kate moved into the world of public health and turned her focus to providing exercise options for people with serious health conditions.

Specialising in fitness for older adults, Kate takes care of our Extra Time and Kick Cancer projects; but you may just catch her dancing with local school children whenever she gets chance.

Best Part of The Job:

"Connecting with so many different members of our community. I work with everyone aged from 5 to 95!"

Kim Bebbington

Health Activator


Background:

Kim graduated from University of Worcester with a Masters degree in Applied Sport Science, following her undergraduate degree there in Sport and Exercise Science. She joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community with over 10 years experience of working within the Health and Wellbeing environment. Kim holds several qualifications in health and exercise, including Level 4 in cardiac rehab, Level 4 in cancer and exercise, and Level 3 in exercise referral.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing the positive impact and enjoyment that physical activity can bring to everybody in the community"

Simon Tisdale

Premier league primary stars coordinator


Background:

Simon has 10 years experience working within schools in various roles such as level 3 TA and then went on to become a HLTA and a PE specialist.
Whilst in school he ran a specialist football club in collaboration with Severndale specialist school and formed a partnership to form an inclusive PE workshop.
Became a sports coach across an academy creating sports initiatives to impact whole school improvements.
Qualifications include paediatric first aid, Higher level teaching assistant status, level 5 in PE specialism, primary gymnastics, primary cricket and am currently completing FA level 2 in football.
Now a PLPS coordinator across the Shropshire core, donating and delivering premier league primary stars to many schools using the power of PE to engage pupils to achieve and succeed.

Best Part of The Job:

"Providing opportunities for children to discover and explore their interests and support them to achieve and succeed"

Harry Brown

PLPS Co-ordinator


Background:

Harry graduated from Edge Hill University with a degree in Primary Education. With a passion for sport and in particular football, Harry coached football teams from the local primary school where he was based, before joining Shrewsbury Town in the Community in 2018.

Best Part of The Job:

"Utilising the power of sport to have a positive impact on young people"

Neil Homer

'Reading The Game' Programme Leader and Primary School Teacher


Background:

Neil has a Humanities degree and a PGCE from Birmingham University. He has over 18 years experience in education and is a keen sportsman, who also loves watching any live sport.

Best Part of The Job:

"Inspiring children to try something new and helping them become the best they can be!"

Mark Bull

Inclusive Sport Officer/ Business Development Officer


Background:

Mark joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in August 2017 as a degree student and progressed into employment in January 2019 as an Inclusive Sports Officer. Since then, Mark has further progressed into a business development officer role in the early part of 2021.

Mark achieved a first-class honour in 2020 in Community Football Coaching and Development and is currently studying a master's degree in International Sports Management. Mark also holds and is working towards various qualifications in sport including his FA Level 2, Level 3 AFPE and Level 3 leadership and management qualification.

Best Part of The Job:

"Having the opportunity to make a difference in the local community."

Reuben Dunn

Permanent Volunteer


Background:

Reuben Dunn started with us on NCS in 2017 and at the Gala Dinner that year he received an award for Participant of the Year and NCS graduate of the year.

He was also featured in a video showcasing his story which can be seen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GrGdn5RsOQ

Reuben is now working hard as a permanent volunteer at Shrewsbury Town in the Community!

Best Part of The Job:

"Being part of the team every week!"