Supporters Direct has a dedicated group of staff working with groups across England and Wales. Their biographies can be found below.
Ashley Brown - CEO
Ashley is a board member of Pompey Supporters’ Trust and was a Board Director of Portsmouth Football Club during the club's period of supporter ownership. He was also a member of the Government Expert Working Group on Supporter Ownership and Engagement. He brings 20 years of world class business and management experience to SD, having forged a successful career at IBM and as a business consultant. Since 2010, he been an active member of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, being one of those who led the raising of nearly £6 million pounds and the supporter takeover of Pompey.
Deborah Dilworth - Network Manager (EFL & EPL)
Deborah is a Network Manager and joined SD in March 2017 having graduated from the University of Liverpool Football Industries MBA. She has experience across several sectors within the football industry including education, media, sales and coaching and has gained experience working internationally. Deborah is an avid Preston North End fan but is a lover of all football and enjoys going to various games abroad too. Speaking of her role as network manager for the English Football League Deborah states "I am extremely passionate about football as a whole and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with the football league clubs. The responsibility in supporting trusts and building a strong network within the SD football league community is one I will take great pride in. I look forward to meeting many of our members and continuing the push for supporters to have a strong voice in their clubs\".
Nick Igoe - Chief Financial Officer
Nick is SD's Chief Financial Officer and joined us in October 2017. Since 2013, Nick has also been working as a consultant to SD on a number of finance projects.
Nicola Hudson - Network Manager (Non-league football, rugby league & other sports)
Nicola Hudson is a Network Manager at Supporters Direct, having joined in 2015. She is based in the North West of England. Nicola is passionate about sport, particularly football at a non-league level, being a lifelong supporter of her local team Southport FC and is also a big fan of live music and theatre. In her spare time Nicola plays for a local amateur netball team, where she attempts to re-live the glory days of her teens!!
Richard Irving - Network Manager community owned clubs & Secretary UFSO
Richard joined Supporters Direct in July 2017. He was one of the founding board members of the Arsenal Supporters Trust in 2003 and is now a regular volunteer at supporter-owned Lewes FC.
Richard manages the community owned clubs network, is the interim network manager for non-league covering Nicola's maternity, and is the Secretary of the UFSO.
Vicki Goodfellow - Network Coordinator
Vicki is Network Coordinator at Supporters Direct, having joined in 2007. She is responsible for the organisation of all major events and manages the membership renewal process.
Vicki joined Supporters Direct from her previous role at the London Transport Museum, where she began as a receptionist, eventually becoming Marketing and Events Officer and finally Project Assistant in the redevelopment of the Museum.
We also bring in consultants through Supporters Direct Club Development. Find out more our Club Development work here.