Phillip Smith    CEO   With over ten years’ experience working across the community sport, education and health sectors, I have been instrumental in linking health and education with traditional football-themed programmes receiving both local and national recognition for my work. Appointed in November 2017, I lead on the strategic development of the Community Trust to enhance its reach and impact with fans and the local community. I am passionate about making a positive difference across Northamptonshire and keen to harness the power of Northampton Town FC for social good.  Phillip also undertakes the duties of Strategic Safeguarding Manager and Health and Safety Officer for the organisation

Phillip Smith

CEO

With over ten years’ experience working across the community sport, education and health sectors, I have been instrumental in linking health and education with traditional football-themed programmes receiving both local and national recognition for my work. Appointed in November 2017, I lead on the strategic development of the Community Trust to enhance its reach and impact with fans and the local community. I am passionate about making a positive difference across Northamptonshire and keen to harness the power of Northampton Town FC for social good.

Phillip also undertakes the duties of Strategic Safeguarding Manager and Health and Safety Officer for the organisation

Kim Birtwistle    Community Operations Manager   I have been working for Northampton Town Community Trust since October 2016. My role started as a part time administrator supporting the community manager and looking after the accounts. Since then the community trust has grown rapidly and as such my role has developed alongside this. I currently oversee events & marketing, the grassroots, ladies and girls teams, social media & general admin duties which is great as a day is never the same. As a mum of 2 boys, who love football and support Northampton Town it was a great opportunity that was offered to me and I am very passionate about the work that we do in the community, and enjoy working with the various programmes and schools. In my free time you will generally find me supporting either one of my lads with their own football..  Kim is the organisations Data Protection Officer

Kim Birtwistle

Community Operations Manager

I have been working for Northampton Town Community Trust since October 2016. My role started as a part time administrator supporting the community manager and looking after the accounts. Since then the community trust has grown rapidly and as such my role has developed alongside this. I currently oversee events & marketing, the grassroots, ladies and girls teams, social media & general admin duties which is great as a day is never the same. As a mum of 2 boys, who love football and support Northampton Town it was a great opportunity that was offered to me and I am very passionate about the work that we do in the community, and enjoy working with the various programmes and schools. In my free time you will generally find me supporting either one of my lads with their own football..

Kim is the organisations Data Protection Officer

Lucan Burge    Schools & Workforce Development Manager   I have been working for Northampton Town for the last 6 years originally starting out as a community coach before being appointed schools development officer in November 2017. I have a wide and varied coaching skill set having worked with all ages from 5 to 55+. Working with this varied range creates great challenges and experiences with each group I work with, bringing a new challenge, but also more enthusiastic people, which is very rewarding and enriching for me. My time away from the community is normally spent working in Northampton Town Academy as an academy coach working in the foundation phase.  Lucan is the organisations Designated Safeguarding Officer

Lucan Burge

Schools & Workforce Development Manager

I have been working for Northampton Town for the last 6 years originally starting out as a community coach before being appointed schools development officer in November 2017. I have a wide and varied coaching skill set having worked with all ages from 5 to 55+. Working with this varied range creates great challenges and experiences with each group I work with, bringing a new challenge, but also more enthusiastic people, which is very rewarding and enriching for me. My time away from the community is normally spent working in Northampton Town Academy as an academy coach working in the foundation phase.

Lucan is the organisations Designated Safeguarding Officer

 
Akshay Mistry    Sports Participation Officer   I have been working at Northampton Town FC Community Trust since February 2019 as the Sports Participation Officer. My role at the Trust is predominantly around overseeing the growth of sports participation in Girls football and the Health & Wellbeing Sector. I am passionate about ensuring that people in Northamptonshire can have access to more opportunities to get into football and physical activity. Before joining the Trust I used to deliver high quality PPA sport sessions in primary schools in Leicestershire and Warwickshire. Furthermore, I am a Lead Coordinator of a youth group in Leicester which I have been a part of since the age of 6. I am also an FA Coach Mentor supporting Leicester’s inner city clubs and a Youth Development Phase football coach.

Akshay Mistry

Sports Participation Officer

I have been working at Northampton Town FC Community Trust since February 2019 as the Sports Participation Officer. My role at the Trust is predominantly around overseeing the growth of sports participation in Girls football and the Health & Wellbeing Sector. I am passionate about ensuring that people in Northamptonshire can have access to more opportunities to get into football and physical activity. Before joining the Trust I used to deliver high quality PPA sport sessions in primary schools in Leicestershire and Warwickshire. Furthermore, I am a Lead Coordinator of a youth group in Leicester which I have been a part of since the age of 6. I am also an FA Coach Mentor supporting Leicester’s inner city clubs and a Youth Development Phase football coach.

 
Jamie Duncan    Media & Marketing Executive   I have been working at Northampton Town Community Trust since January 2019. My role at the Trust is Media and Marketing Executive. This means I am responsible for all of our social media output and also involves day to day things such as collecting case studies and producing video content on programmes to share the life changing work that we do.  As well as doing this I also produce things that we send out such as flyers and posters to help promote our courses. I tend to go to a lot of the events as well so I can really see what we do, which then helps me in my role.  I am also a Northampton Town fan as well so it is a fantastic opportunity for me to work for my club, something not everyone gets to do!

Jamie Duncan

Media & Marketing Executive

I have been working at Northampton Town Community Trust since January 2019. My role at the Trust is Media and Marketing Executive. This means I am responsible for all of our social media output and also involves day to day things such as collecting case studies and producing video content on programmes to share the life changing work that we do.

As well as doing this I also produce things that we send out such as flyers and posters to help promote our courses. I tend to go to a lot of the events as well so I can really see what we do, which then helps me in my role.

I am also a Northampton Town fan as well so it is a fantastic opportunity for me to work for my club, something not everyone gets to do!

 
Anna Letts    Business Development Officer   I have been working at Northampton Town Community Trust since March 2019 as the Business Development Officer. I have worked in sport and education for many years. I have seen on numerous occasions the power of sport to engage children in their learning as well as raising confidence and self-esteem. I have taught sports themed literacy and numeracy projects in schools across the county for Northants Study Centres as well as running study support centres based at the county’s professional sports clubs. It has been fantastic to work for the Community Trust, I am interested and excited to see the development and expansion of the Community Trust. I find the club welcoming and enthusiastic towards all manner of educational programmes and I am looking forward to contributing to the Community Trust’s education provision.

Anna Letts

Business Development Officer

I have been working at Northampton Town Community Trust since March 2019 as the Business Development Officer. I have worked in sport and education for many years. I have seen on numerous occasions the power of sport to engage children in their learning as well as raising confidence and self-esteem. I have taught sports themed literacy and numeracy projects in schools across the county for Northants Study Centres as well as running study support centres based at the county’s professional sports clubs. It has been fantastic to work for the Community Trust, I am interested and excited to see the development and expansion of the Community Trust. I find the club welcoming and enthusiastic towards all manner of educational programmes and I am looking forward to contributing to the Community Trust’s education provision.

Russell Lewis    Disability Development Officer   I have been working for Northampton Town FC Community Trust for twenty-five years. Previously I was a professional footballer with Swindon Town and Northampton Town, then later as a semi-professional player with Kettering and Merthyr Tydfil. I combined playing football and working in the building trade as a bricklayer, an apprenticeship I completed before I signed for Swindon Town. After my football playing days ended I decided to go to College for a year and gained a leisure qualification. I was fortunate to find work at Greenfields Special School for a term and worked with a young person on a one to one basis. During this period, the Football in the Community job was advertised and after a successful application I started work at the scheme.

Russell Lewis

Disability Development Officer

I have been working for Northampton Town FC Community Trust for twenty-five years. Previously I was a professional footballer with Swindon Town and Northampton Town, then later as a semi-professional player with Kettering and Merthyr Tydfil. I combined playing football and working in the building trade as a bricklayer, an apprenticeship I completed before I signed for Swindon Town. After my football playing days ended I decided to go to College for a year and gained a leisure qualification. I was fortunate to find work at Greenfields Special School for a term and worked with a young person on a one to one basis. During this period, the Football in the Community job was advertised and after a successful application I started work at the scheme.

 
Craig Naylor    Community Coach   I have been working for Northampton Town community trust since September 2018 when I was appointed as a community coach on a full-time basis. I couple this with my role within Northampton Town academy in the evenings, working predominately within the foundation phase. Having over 8 years experience in working within sports coaching across a variety of ages, more specifically football, I’m delighted to be working in an area which I am so passionate about. With my wealth of experience I am determined to play my part in increasing participation within sports to develop a healthier county.

Craig Naylor

Community Coach

I have been working for Northampton Town community trust since September 2018 when I was appointed as a community coach on a full-time basis. I couple this with my role within Northampton Town academy in the evenings, working predominately within the foundation phase. Having over 8 years experience in working within sports coaching across a variety of ages, more specifically football, I’m delighted to be working in an area which I am so passionate about. With my wealth of experience I am determined to play my part in increasing participation within sports to develop a healthier county.

Jamie Worrall    Community Coach   I joined Northampton Town Community Trust as a Community Coach in February 2019 impacting mainly within schools delivering our Premier League Primary Stars programme, sports lessons and after school sessions. My background has been split into grassroots voluntary football coaching and working within special education for over four years. I’m now excited to make a difference to the community through all the great activities that the Community Trust run.

Jamie Worrall

Community Coach

I joined Northampton Town Community Trust as a Community Coach in February 2019 impacting mainly within schools delivering our Premier League Primary Stars programme, sports lessons and after school sessions. My background has been split into grassroots voluntary football coaching and working within special education for over four years. I’m now excited to make a difference to the community through all the great activities that the Community Trust run.