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 Development Officer   I have been working for Northampton Town for the last 4 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 Development Officer

I have been working for Northampton Town for the last 4 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

 
Josh Oldfield    Sports Participation Officer   I began working for Northampton Town FC Community Trust on a voluntary basis in 2016, and took a full-time role in September 2017 as community coach. In August 2018 I was appointed as sports participation officer. My role includes delivering sessions to children and adults across schools in Northamptonshire at varying ages to increase participation and activity levels. I also work within the girls programme, coaching a team of u11’s at grassroots level and a group at the girls player development centre. Football and sport in general is very much my hobby as well as my job, meaning the majority of my time away from work is spent watching and playing too.

Josh Oldfield

Sports Participation Officer

I began working for Northampton Town FC Community Trust on a voluntary basis in 2016, and took a full-time role in September 2017 as community coach. In August 2018 I was appointed as sports participation officer. My role includes delivering sessions to children and adults across schools in Northamptonshire at varying ages to increase participation and activity levels. I also work within the girls programme, coaching a team of u11’s at grassroots level and a group at the girls player development centre. Football and sport in general is very much my hobby as well as my job, meaning the majority of my time away from work is spent watching and playing too.

 
Liam Williams    Community Coach

Liam Williams

Community Coach

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 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 play my part in increasing participation within sports to develop a healthier county.

Andrew Tunley    Community Coach   Sport and more specifically football has been something I’ve been passionate about my whole life which led me to graduating with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Nottingham Trent University. It was after that I joined the NTFC community trust, initially on a part-time basis before moving into a full-time roll. Working in football and the community is an extremely rewarding industry and something I’m very passionate about alongside my work with our girls football programme here at NTFC.

Andrew Tunley

Community Coach

Sport and more specifically football has been something I’ve been passionate about my whole life which led me to graduating with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Nottingham Trent University. It was after that I joined the NTFC community trust, initially on a part-time basis before moving into a full-time roll. Working in football and the community is an extremely rewarding industry and something I’m very passionate about alongside my work with our girls football programme here at NTFC.