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Helena Pinder, Head of Foundation

Helena Bowman

Position: Head of Foundation

Goals: To work closely with the Trustees to provide strategic leadership to MFC Foundation and its staff; to drive the Foundation forward towards achieving its aims

Signed: May 2006

Childhood hero: Bobby Robson

MFC Foundation highlight: Gaining £500,000 of funding to install a brand new, state-of-the-art, third generation football pitch, and launching it to the local community

Favourite sporting moment: Steve Redgrave winning his fifth gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Not many people know this but... When I was younger I represented England in an international tennis tournament

 


Andy Clay

Andy Clay

Position: Operations Manager (and Tea & Coffee Coordinator!)

Goals: To lead a team of inspirational staff that change lives on a daily basis

Signed: November 2012

Childhood hero: My uncle

MFC Foundation highlight: Cycling 180 miles over two days with a team that raised over £400K for Prostate Cancer UK

Favourite sporting moment: Working for London 2012 and being part of the staff team that delivered the greatest ever Olympic Games

Not many people know this but... When bread is in the toaster, I like to focus on it and try and guess when it’s going to pop out


Ann-Marie Anderson

Ann-Marie Anderson

Position: Fundraising and Sponsorship Manager

Goals: To raise funds for MFC Foundation in order to grow provision

Signed: July 2015

Childhood hero: John Whitaker MBE (British Equestrian Olympian)

MFC Foundation highlight: Anytime we secure a funding deal – no matter how small they are all a massive achievement given the current economic climate

Favourite sporting moment: London 2012 Olympic gold medal from the GB equestrian team - their first gold since 1952

Not many people know this but... I am a published researcher


Alan Cawthorne

Alan Cawthorne

Position: Premier League 4 Sport and Premier League Girls Football Coordinator

Goals: To be the top performing club within my projects, currently ranked in the top five nationally

Signed: May 2009

Childhood hero: My father

MFC Foundation highlight: Any day now!

Favourite sporting moment: Seeing my first judo student achieve her national gold medal

Not many people know this but... I once had Sunday lunch with Roberto Mancini in Italy, and gave him a Boro shirt

 


 

Ruth Southwick

Ruth Southwick

Position: Enterprise and Education Coordinator

Goals: To encourage ambition in the young people on Teesside and improve their prospects through education

Signed: January 2015

Childhood hero: My nana

MFC Foundation highlight: Attending the 20-year anniversary dinner at the Riverside Stadium as a representative of MFC Foundation

Favourite sporting moment: Just being at the Commonwealth Games in 2014

Not many people know this but... I was awarded both the Princess Diana Memorial Award and Young Journalist of the Year in 2004

 


Paul South

Paul South

Position: Health Coordinator

Goals: To encourage healthier lifestyles for people of all ages across Teesside

Signed: March 2011

Childhood hero: Bryan Robson

MFC Foundation highlight: Meeting the Duchess of Cornwall at a national literacy event in Middlesbrough

Favourite sporting moment: Following Boro around Europe in the UEFA Cup

Not many people know this but... I taught many of Boro's FA Youth Cup winning team - including David Wheater, James Morrison and Tony McMahon

 


 

Claire Streeter

Claire Streeter

Position: Social Inclusion Coordinator

Goals: To coordinate the Foundation's Premier League Kicks, National Citizen Service, Disability, and Mental Health projects

Signed: September 2013

Childhood hero: My granddad

MFC Foundation highlight: Receiving MFC Foundation's 'Friends of Community Integrated Care' certificate - an award which had previously only been given to CIC's Trustees 

Favourite sporting moment: Phil Jevons scoring an extra time winner for Grimsby against Liverpool in the Worthington Cup

Not many people know this but... I've coached with Gareth Southgate


Natalie Guy

Natalie Guy

Position: School Sports Coordinator

Goals: To coordinate the School Sports Project, primary tournaments and holiday courses

Signed: October 2014

Childhood hero: My grandparents

MFC Foundation highlight: The trip to Wembley in 2015!

Favourite sporting moment: Dancing alongside Diversity and performing on Sky One

Not many people know this but... I’m petrified of feathers and mash potato!

 


Anne Willey

Anne Willey

Position: Administrator & Finance Assistant

Goals: To efficiently manage administration systems and finance to support MFC Foundation staff

Signed: February 2003

Childhood hero: Superman

MFC Foundation highlight: Being acknowledged by the Mayor of Middlesbrough for my work behind the scenes

Favourite sporting moment: Boro winning the Carling Cup in 2004

Not many people know this but... Me and my husband Norm went to New York and got married without telling ANYONE!

 


Diane O'Connell

Diane O'Connell

Position: Fundraising and Events Officer

Goals: Not only raising funds but highlighting the amazing work that is done by our dedicated Foundation staff

Signed: I joined the Club in May 1990 (now in my 26th season!)

Childhood hero: Simply the greatest lady, my mother

MFC Foundation highlight: Being recognised by and receiving the Mayor's Award, and bringing on board some amazing partners

Favourite sporting moment: There've been many, but beating Wolves at Molineux to take us into Premier League in 1992. The Chairman came to Ayresome Park and told us to shut up. We all went to the Dickens where players and staff drank in the sunshine. Amazing!

Not many people know this but... I was the person who wrote on Bernie Slaven's bottom before he bared it in Binns' window, after we beat Man Utd at Old Trafford in 1999


Marrie Wieczorek

Marrie Wieczorek

Position: Project Worker (extraordinaire!)

Goals: To teach and engage children in PE sessions, in a fun, enjoyable and practical way – so that they will ALWAYS want to do PE!

Signed: Ayresome Park, 1992

Favourite sporting moment: Personally, it was my first England cap in 1980 (v Belgium).  As for Boro sporting moments, there are far too many to list - my time period covers 1965-ish to present day! Then there is also the small matter of 36 years with MFC Ladies…

Not many people know this but... I was the first woman from Middlesbrough to play football for England

 

 


Rachel Horsley, Project Worker

Rachel Horsley

Position: Project Worker/Women and Girls Football Lead

Goals: To deliver PE in primary schools and to co-ordinate girls' and womens' football

Signed: December 2011

Childhood hero: My family

MFC Foundation highlight: Taking a team of girls to play at Wembley and going to the PL national conference at Heythrop Park

Favourite sporting moment: Going to the play-off final at Cardiff with Hartlepool United

Not many people know this but... I have played in two national finals

 


Pat Robinson

Pat Robinson

Position: Project Worker/NCS Lead

Goals: To provide opportunities for inspirational young people to learn new skills and gain experience and further their personal & professional development, and to make a difference to others in the wider community

Signed: January 2015

Childhood hero: Steven Gerrard

MFC Foundation highlight: Our men’s Social Inclusion team reaching the semi finals in every competition so far (the final next!)

Favourite sporting moment: Winning the Lancashire Cup with Blackpool Schoolboys

Not many people know this but... Ex-England international Frank Worthington once told me to stop worrying about women and concentrate on my football skills!


Liam Watson

Liam Watson

Position: Project Worker/Kicks Lead

Goals: To coach the MFC Foundation futsal team and help run the Premier League Kicks project

Signed: October 2010

Childhood hero: Mark Schwarzer

MFC Foundation highlight: My futsal team reaching the quarter finals of the Soccer AM Cup at St George's Park

Favourite sporting moment: "I’m European champion, I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one.” - Winning the treble in Munich, Derby and Northampton with the 'Think with your Feet' Mental Health team.

Not many people know this but... This year I'm biking to Amsterdam with a team of former Boro players to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK

 


Gary Walton

Gary Walton

Position: Project Worker

Goals: To inspire and motivate children to reach their dreams through playing sport

Signed: November 2010

Childhood hero: David Beckham

MFC Foundation highlight: Being an MFC Foundation model  for a charity calendar (as Roary!)

Favourite sporting moment: Beckham's last minute free-kick against Greece. 

Not many people know this but... I have done voluntary work in Kenya


Andy Downey

Andrew Downey

Position: Education Tutor

Goals: To teach sport and enterprise qualifications to people of different ages

Signed: October 2011

Childhood hero: Nigel Pearson

MFC Foundation highlight: I can't decide between climbing Roseberry Topping 100 times in a day with an NCS group to raise money for Zoe’s Place, and meeting Juninho

Favourite sporting moment: Gareth Southgate lifting the Carling Cup in 2004

Not many people know this but... I have met David Cameron, and the Queen (in Pallister Park!)


Ben Painter

Ben Painter

Position: Education Officer

Goals: To engage with the diverse individuals within the community to partake, succeed and achieve.

Signed: June 2015

Childhood hero: My dad Graham Painter

MFC Foundation highlight: Watching young people I have taught overcome barriers to partake, succeed and achieve academically and personally

Favourite sporting moment: Playing football every summer during the holidays in Easterside

Not many people know this but... I used to run the Teesside university boxing club and ride motorbikes


Nick Lough

Nick Lough

Position: Communications Officer

Goals: To promote the good work of MFC Foundation through the media

Signed: August 2016                                                                    

Childhood hero: John Terry                                                         

MFC Foundation highlight: Falling in the River Tees in my first week on the job!

Favourite sporting moment: Didier Drogba's winning penalty against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League Final

Not many people know this but... I competed in the International Tall Ships race from Norway to Hartlepool in 2010.


Lee Grace

Position: Project Worker

Goals: To engage young people in fun and exciting sessions, to help them realise their full sporting potential

Signed: March 2013

Childhood hero: David Beckham

MFC Foundation highlight: Being offered a job within the Foundation to work for my childhood club

Favourite sporting moment: Massimo Maccarone's diving header against Steaua Bucharest in the semi final of the UEFA Cup

Not many people know this but... I won the national colleges championship in volleyball...more than once!

 


Sean Mackin

Position: Project Worker

Goals: To deliver P.E sessions to schools and sports sessions to disability groups and young adults to promote independence, fitness and team work

Signed: December 2013

Childhood hero: Alan Shearer

MFC Foundation highlight: I nutmegged Boro goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos not once, but twice, at one of my sessions he attended

Favourite sporting moment: Winning the treble at New Marske FC in the Wearside League and becoming the top goalscorer that year

Not many people know this but... I am a huge 'Back To The Future' fan, I know all the words to all of the films


Marc McPhillips

Position: YEI Coordinator

Goals: To coordinate the YEI project supporting young people into education, employment or training

Signed: April 2016

Childhood hero: Seve Ballesteros

MFC Foundation highlight: Being a part of MFC Foundation and all the good work it does in the local community.

Favourite sporting moment: Juninho dropping to his knees in celebration at the final whistle when Boro won the Cup

Not many people know this but... I used to live and work in Spain, working between Benidorm and La Manga as a Sales Rep

 

 

 

Conner Lonsdale

Position: YEI Project Worker

Goals: To work with people aged between 16-29, to help them into education, employment or training.

Signed: April 2016

Childhood hero: Juninho

MFC Foundation highlight: Being part of MFC

Favourite sporting moment: Winning the Carling Cup

Not many people know this but... This year I am boxing four times for charity, to raise money for cancer research

 

 

 

 

Gail White

Position: YEI Administrator

Goals: To see a successful growth of youth employment directly from MFC Foundation’s YEI programme

Signed: April 2016

Childhood hero: My parents (amazing footsteps to follow)

MFC Foundation highlight: The excitement of starting a new project for the local area and watching it start to grow from scratch

Favourite sporting moment: Winning the Carling Cup

Not many people know this but... I am easy to please - “bring on the chocolate!”

 

 

 

 

Richard Hyslop

Position: YEI Project Worker

Goals: To work closely with disengaged individuals in the local community by delivering the YEI project in order for them to gain additional qualifications and work experience which will provide them with work opportunities, further education or training

Signed: May 2016

Childhood hero: Steve Cram

MFC Foundation highlight: The excitement of starting a new project for the local area and watching it start to grow from scratch

Favourite sporting moment: Watching Mo Farah take the double at the London 2012 Olympics

Not many people know this but... I have previously competed at county level as a junior athlete in a range middle and long distance running events

 


Herlingshaw Centre

Michael Mackin

Position: Centre Manager

Goals: To supervise and motivate employees and direct the progress of MFC Foundation at the Herlingshaw Centre, managing customer service and the day-to-day running of the facility

Signed: July 2014

MFC Foundation highlight: Seeing the ongoing improvements and growth of the Herlingshaw Centre

Favourite Sporting Moment: Winning the Wearside league

Not many people know this but... I played in a charity match with Middlesbrough legends against Emmerdale cast.

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Alex Dore

Position: Business Development Officer

Goals: To generate income for the Foundation through the Herlingshaw Centre, by developing leagues and tournaments as well as increasing relationships with schools, businesses and community groups

Signed: May 2016

Favourite Sporting Moment: Middlesbrough getting promoted back into the Premier League.

Not many people know this but... I’m colour blind - it doesn’t mean I see in black and white but I have an excuse when I pass to the wrong team!

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Ashley Robinson

Position: Business Support Team Member

Goals: To help and supervise visitors using the Herlingshaw Centre, and to help maintain the facility and to be aware of health and safety issues.

Signed: June 2011

MFC Foundation highlight: When I got a full time job with the foundation

Favourite Sporting Moment: Boro getting to the Europa League Final

 
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Mike Tye

Position: Business Support Team Member

Goals: To help and supervise visitors using the Herlingshaw Centre, and to help maintain the facility and to be aware of health and safety issues.

Signed: September 2010

Favourite Sporting Moment: Watching Sergio Aguero score his last minute goal against QPR





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Jordan Bowker

Position: Business Support Team Member

Goals: To supervise and motivate employees and direct the progress of MFC Foundation at the Herlingshaw Centre, managing customer service and the day-to-day running of the facility.

Signed: May 2013

Childhood hero: Zinedine Zidane

MFC Foundation highlight: Receiving great feedback from hosting football tournaments

Favourite Sporting Moment: Watching Liverpool come from 3-0 down in the Champions League Final to beat AC Milan

Not many people know this but... I can solve a Rubik's Cube in under two minutes 

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Tyler Woodrow
Groundsman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norm Willey
Driver/Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching Staff

Lydia Simpson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marshall Thorogood

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Phoebe Townsend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Kirk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Chris Baty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Readman