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Board of Directors

Robin Bourne



Robin joined the Nottinghamshire FA board in 2013 before being appointed Chairperson in 2019. He is a Football Association observer of referees and assistant referees. Robin qualified as a referee in 1977 and has served on the Referees’ Committee for over 20 years in various roles including Vice-Chair. In his professional life he works as a Demolition Engineer.

Elaine Oram


Chief Executive

Elaine joined the Nottinghamshire FA as a member of staff in 2000 before taking on the CEO role in 2007. Elaine is responsible for leading and delivering the Nottinghamshire FA and FA’s strategy along with the day to day running of the business. Elaine is also the Senior Safeguarding Lead and ensures that safeguarding is embedded into the organisation.

Peter Adams


Chair of Council 

Peter joined the Nottinghamshire FA board in 2009. Recently retired from the construction industry, Peter's main focus is with the open age and cup competitions within the County FA.

Nigel Hallam


Chair of the Inclusion Advisory Group

Nigel joined the Nottinghamshire FA board in 2021. Nigel was Clerk to the Justices at the Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court for 11 years and he was involved in the recruitment and training of Magistrates, Legal and Administrative staff for more than 20 years. In 2006 at the National Justice Awards he won the individual award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity. He is a Barrister and holds a number of Management and Training qualifications. Nigel undertook overseas consultancy work in Croatia on projects relating to the modernisation of the Municipal Courts in that country. Nigel served as the Vice Chair of New College Nottingham for 6 years. He has also been a Board Member of Framework, a charity working with the homeless, and was the Lay Chair of NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group for 5 years. Additionally Nigel served on Audit, Nominations and Remunerations Committees as either Chair or Vice Chair within these organisations. Nigel has been involved in the recruitment and selection of two College Principals, a new Chief Operating Officer (Chief Executive), and a large number of Board and Senior Management appointments in both the Education and NHS sectors. Nigel served as a Lay Member of the Conduct and Health Committees of the General Chiropractic Council and served for 8 years as a Chair of the Fitness to Practise Committee at the Nursing and Midwifery Council dealing with hearings in Belfast, Edinburgh and London. He continues to sit on Mental Health Tribunals. He is an External Member of the Council of The National Trust and supports Council's nominations committees in its various election and appointments. Nigel sits on both Regional and National Serious Case Panels for the Football Association. He was a member of the BBC East Midlands Regional Audience Council for 5 years and was the “link member” for BBC Radio Derby.

Shaun Finn


Lead Director on Audit

Shaun joined the Nottinghamshire FA board in 2019. Shaun is a Chartered Accountant, having held several Finance Director roles. A qualified FA coach, Shaun is actively involved in grassroots football and has been Chair of a junior football club since 2013. 

 Tracey Newcomb


Lead Director on Safeguarding

Tracey joined the Nottinghamshire FA board in 2018, a qualified Social Worker with 25 years experience within the children's social care profession, holding both operational and strategic roles. Now working as a safeguarding consultant & advisor to Local Authorities across the Country. 

 Jo Brewin


Lead Director on People

Jo joined the Board of Directors in January 2024. Jo is a HR Director with experience in a number of different industries, and for the last ten years has worked within the healthcare sector, both in private and NHS settings. Jo will support the development of the people strategy underpinning the Nottinghamshire FA growth strategy and will be active in providing executive coaching and direction across the organisation.

 Justine Whitby


Lead Director on Commercial

Justine is an experienced corporate leader with a background in active sports brands. Currently serving as the Director of Active Sports EMEA for Nike Swim, she has consistently delivered sustained growth through transformational change. In her previous role as Commercial Director for Active Brands at Pentland, Justine successfully managed popular brands including Speedo, Canterbury, Mitre, and Berghaus for over seven years. With a diverse background Justine has a strong history of delivering results and business growth. 

 Richard Somerville


Lead Director on Risk

Richard joined the Nottinghamshire FA board in 2024 as independent non-executive director and chairs the Governance & Risk Committee. He is a practising solicitor and has worked both in private practice and for the majority of his career in industry. Richard is a chartered secretary and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and holds an Executive MBA from Cranfield University.  Richard is actively involved in grassroots football and has been coach of a girls junior football team for a number of years.

 Sally Lowther


Lead Director on Strategy & Transformation

Sally is an experienced c-suite leader with over 25 years experience in business transformation and change, Sally has held a variety of senior leadership positions in a wide range of organisations from global corporations such as Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group to SMEs and private equity businesses, and now works as an independent consultant advising businesses on strategy, corporate governance and best practices. She is actively involved in grassroots football, initially as a coach/manager, and now heads up an Inclusive Football section at a local club.

 Matt Appleby


Lead Director on Strategy, Marketing & Communications

Matt is a senior leader, specialising in communications and marketing in sports. Matt led Barclays’ award-winning sponsorship of the Premier League for over a decade as managing director overseeing the financial PLC’s global partnerships programme. He has provided strategic consultancy across a diverse range of sectors, worked for football clubs such as Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion, and also produced two sports films.