BAFA Announce Temporary Appointments to Commission Roles

Following three resignations the BAFA Board have made temporary appointments while a review of the current structure is completed and they advertise and recruit permanent replacements.



Operations Director Steve Rains said:

“It’s unfortunate that our people have found these roles simply too much to cope with in the time allowed. We have therefore decided to divide them up and fill most of them on a temporary basis while we review the structure.

With such a busy time ahead making these appointments to keep things on track is the only sensible option – we are delighted to have persuaded such a talented group to take on the work and hope that they will remain involved in some way when we re-structure.”

Nichole McCulloch BAFA Chair added:

“We are 100% committed to our open resourcing policy but urgent action was needed to ensure our programmes remain running, which is why interim appointments were required. The board appreciates and is forever thankful for the time our volunteers give to our sport and we want to ensure that everyone in a role with BAFA is successful and can deliver in their role.

Having now settled in for six months, we have seen a need to look at the way we are structured to ensure the success of our sport and happiness of our volunteers and will be shortly announcing some structural changes which will allow our sport to continue to move forward.”

Events Manager

Following the resignation of Andrew Free we have appointed Guy Kersey as the interim Events Manager for BAFA.

Guy brings a wealth of experience as a professional Events Management specialist including his recent work for BAFA on the 2018 National League Division 2 Bowl games.

With major events due to take place throughout the year it was clearly essential to get a replacement for Andrew Free who could hit the ground running. Any conflict of interest with Guy’s personal businesses will be avoided through the separation of the decision making in respect of financial commitments from the Events Manager role.

National Programme

Kirsty Cavanagh has decided to step down from her role as Commission Lead for the National Programme. With changes to the IFAF competition cycle – and the consequent amount of activity for this role – it has proven to be too large for one volunteer individual and we have decided to divide it up while we review the structure. We are however pleased to announce she has agreed to stay on to look after the Women’s Contact Team.

Whilst we look for a new Head of the National Programme, we have split the role out to ensure each team has coverage.

Clive Dobbin will continue in his role supporting the U19 National Team and Riq Ayub will join him to support from a technical lead for the young Lions. In addition to this, Riq will also take lead role for the Men’s Contact Team.

Alan Young has agreed to take over responsibility for both men’s and women’s National Flag teams.

These appointments place highly experienced individuals into these roles on a temporary basis until a new structure for the management of the National Programme teams is agreed at the end of this year. With all four teams in competition this year it was clear that temporary appointments to “steady the ship” were the only sensible way forward.

Age Groups/ BUCS /Flag Commission Lead

Russ Hewitt has resigned from his position and with feedback that the role was too large for one individual, we have decided to divide the role into three distinct sections:

  • BUCS University Football
  • Age Groups Contact
  • Flag Football

For University Football and Age Contact Football positions, we have advertised and are in the process of filling those roles on a permanent basis.

For Flag Football we have agreed that Alan Young will add the Age Groups Flag football to the work that he does already on Adult Flag Football on a temporary basis.




Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1