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Our Board

John Street

Chairperson of the Board

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A senior manager in local government, John has over 40 years’ experience of dealing with a wide range of both strategic and operational topics including budgetary control, staff management, business planning and project management, all within tight (predominantly legislative) deadlines and within an ever-changing political environment.  

Johns always enjoyed the beautiful game (mainly from the touchline) and has had no direct involvement in the game until taking up a role on DCFA, as well as the additional role of Company Secretary for Exeter City A.F.C Ltd.  Both of these positions allow him to use the skills and experiences gained in delivering excellent services within the public sector, for the benefit of football in Devon.

In his position as Chair of the Board of Directors of DCFA, he is looking forward to continuing to develop the Association's ambition of enhancing lives through football in Devon. 

Paul Morrison

Chief Executive Officer

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Paul lives in Kingsteignton, South Devon and has served DCFA as its Chief Executive for almost 17 years, joining in early 2006 from Leicestershire & Rutland FA.

Paul has the responsibility of looking after the Devon FA Staff and making sure that the Board of Directors at Devon County FA are fully compliant and serve the business well.

Paul attends all Board, Council and Standing Committees and is always available to help any club or League that need his support. He represents Devon FA at FA Meetings with other Chief Executives when debating footballing matters.

His previous working life included being a Bank Manager, before moving on to becoming the CEO of Leicestershire & Rutland County FA for many years before the move to Devon.

Whilst away from football, Paul is the Chairman of his local Drama Club, loves Dancing and runs the Sunday Night Sports Club at Devon FA, which includes playing football, American Football and Cricket.

From a sporting point of view, Paul can be seen cheering on Leeds United and the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams are hit and miss but do give him lots of joy when they win…..

Chris French

Acting Chief Executive Officer

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Chris was born in Gibraltar and moved to Plymouth as a toddler and where he still resides.   A player throughout his youth, Chris started his coaching journey at the age of 15 and still continues to coach with his sons team YMCA All Saints.

Chris has been a member of the company for the past 12 years holding a number of different roles and is now the Acting CEO. During his career he has held a wide range of volunteering roles with the Devon Junior and Minor League, Plymouth Schools FA, Devon Schools FA, SB Frankfort as well as working for The FA and the England 2015 Rugby World Cup.  

As recognition of his work in football and the local community Plymouth University awarded Chris an Honorary Sporting Colour in 2015 and the Devon Junior Minor League Ralph Bowman Memorial Trophy for Services to the league in 2013 and 2022.

 Away from the County FA Chris is the Vice Chair of Governors for Pennycross Primary School, Committee Member at his club YMCA All Saints and enjoys his training and running for Hyrox the World Series of Fitness Racing.

Max Willey

Operations Director

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Max was born in Cornwall moved to Devon 29 years ago also having played football in Cornwall for many years.

Max has worked in the fire industry for 40 years, He was the Managing Director of a company called Firewatch South West Ltd based at Newton Abbot. In the last 12 months he decided to sell Firewatch and has now retired.

Firewatch became involved with Devon FA and the sponsoring of the Senior cup in which they have been delighted to have supported  for over 10 years. The opportunity came along to join Devon FA as the Operations Director which Max was delighted to take up.

Max currently dedicates some of his spare time at the local magistrates sitting in Plymouth and Newton Abbot which he has now done for the last 13 years.

Max also plays his part as a volunteer and helps support with the delivery and collection of food for a local food bank organisation within the South Devon area.

Tom Sampson

FA Rep & Board Safeguarding Champion

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I have been involved in football probably since I could walk! first as a player then as a Referee, Referee Tutor, Mentor and Coach, Observer, and FA Referee Developer.

I became a Devon FA Councillor for the West area of the County in 2011, and area co-ordinator in 2015. I am currently a Director of Devon FA, where I sit as the FA Representative and Safeguarding board champion.

As FA Councillor I sit on the FA Referee’s committee, the Football Development committee.

I am currently the Chairman and Secretary of the Devon Wednesday league, ensuring midweek football in the West area of Devon continues long into the future. 

During the 20/21 season I took on the role of chairman of the South West referee’s pool which has responsibility for appointments and observations of referees on the Western and South West Peninsula leagues.

I am also a Vice President of the West Devon Referee’s society 

My long association with the game has been underpinned by an absolute passion and desire for football. As an individual I have strong values of fairness, integrity, honesty, and inclusivity.

Dr Rod Hawker

Community Engagement Director

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Born in Exeter, Rod is a retired health & social care clinical academic having spent most of my career working within the NHS as a mental health nurse specialising in the treatment of alcohol misuse. A joint academic career was undertaken through part-time research resulting in the award of MPhil (Psychology) and later a PhD (Advanced Social Work) - both through Exeter University. These joint clinical and academic interests resulted in involvement in national alcohol treatment strategies, as well as the education of medical and other clinical staff in both Hong Kong and Malaysia on behalf of Exeter University Post Graduate Medical Centre.  

Having spent most of his teens playing for Exeter City as an amateur player he subsequently played for a few local teams until the wear and tear of injuries led me to enter football coaching and management. His coaching/management career took him initially to Newtown FC (Exeter), after which he managed at Wellington FC, Barnstaple Town FC, Heavitree United and Dawlish Town FC.

During this period Rod was also very involved in concurrently managing/coaching women’s football (1976 onward). During the 1980’s Rod was appointed South West Regional Coach to what was then the Women’s Football Association - responsible for the identification and preparation of players for potential international team selection, and in assisting the team manager on international duties.

He was fortunate to be able to continue my involvement in coaching until he reached the  pre-determined retirement age of 70, by which time he had gradually moved into the realm of football administration, initially as Vice-Chair of the Devon Women’s Football League (now Chair), and at Tedburn St Mary Football Club, where he currently holds the role of Chairman and Secretary. He is now in a second term as a Devon FA Councilor and recently appointed as Director of Community Engagement.