Council Sub Committees

The ESFA Council consists of 16 elected members, an FA representative, a Premier League representative and an independent member. Council are also able to co-opt additional members for a specific purpose.

Each of these members serves on one of three committees, which are structured around the Association’s primary functions –

National Competitions Committee

Committee Members (Council) 2022/23

Chair and region Tony James, North 
North Tony James 
Mids Nick Loftus, Mark Warren 
SEDave Woollaston, Matt Hughes, Paul Jackson 
SW Mike Coyne, Ray Brown 
Independent Sion Portman 
Staff support Darren Alcock, Sarah Kearney 

Representative Football Committee

Committee Members (Council) 2022-23

Chair and region Alan Johnston, North 
North Richy Alderson, Alan Johnston 
Mids Jon Foot, Mark Hignett 
SE Phil Harding 
SW Gavin Rusling 
Independent John Duncan, Marvin Robinson, Peter Clayton 
Staff support Dawn Howard, Ian Laithwaite 

Development Committee

Committee Members (Council) 2022-23

Chair and region Gavin Rusling, South West 
North Tony James, Richy Alderson 
Mids Mark Warren 
SE Dave Woollaston, Paul Jackson 
SW Gavin Rusling, Mike Coyne, Ray Brown 
Independent Sion Portman 
Staff support Dan Smith, Darren Alcock 



Governance Committee

Committee Members (Council) 2022-23

Chair and region Peter Clayton, Independent (The FA) 
North Alan Johnston 
Mids Jon Foot, Nick Loftus, Mark Hignett 
SE Phil Harding, 
SW Matt Hughes,  
Independent Marvin Robinson, John Duncan 
Staff support Andrea Chilton and Governance Manager