The Committee

Steve Johnson


Steve was the stand out candidate for the role of president when Ken Leach decided to step down at the end of the 2010/11 season. Steve began his refereeing career almost by chance as, in his footballing days, the referee of a match involving Steve's team at the time didn't turn up so it was up to Steve to take charge and from there he never looked back. He passed the next referees' course and since then he has acheived a lot in his refereeing career, most notably he was given the accolade of referee of the year in the Wythenshawe Sunday League.

Chris Broadhurst


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Ste Brown

Secretary & Mentor Officer

Stephen qualified as a referee in 1996, and spent a number of years refereeing for Cheshire FA and Northamptonshire FA. He now focuses on Assistant Refereeing. Off-field, he serves as an FA Licensed Referee Tutor, County Observer, and is Mentor Officer for the ADFA and ADRS, and Secretary for the ADRS.


Matt O’Shea


Matt qualified as a referee in 2013 and enjoyed 3 promotions in as many seasons to reach Level 4. He is currently part of Cheshire FA CORE and was part of Cheshire FA Referees Academy for two seasons, whilst also being part of the Altrincham & District Youth Development Group. He has been selected to represent Cheshire FA at the Iber Cup 2019 in Portugal and is looking forward to gaining experience internationally to develop his game for further promotions. His highlight to date was being an assistant referee in the FA Cup – Burscough FC v 1874 Northwich.


Carla Parker

Welfare Officer

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Dennis Phillips

Misconduct Support Officer

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Anthony Taylor

Training & Development Officer

A member of the Society for more than 20 years, Anthony progressed through the local Altrincham leagues to become a Premier League and FIFA referee.  He uses that wealth of experience to drive the training and development of our members to help them achieve whatever objectives they set.

Charlotte Phillips

Media Officer & Youth Rep

Charlotte started refereeing in 2011 and is currently a Level 5 referee. She is constantly learning and looking to progress in her career as a referee. She believes a great way of doing this is attending the meetings, as they are informative as well as a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals with similar passions.

Tom O’Brien

Fitness Coordinator

Tom is a Level 4 referee currently in his second year of FA CORE and his 4th year of the County CORE. As a qualified Level 2 & 3 coach in a range of sports, and following excellent performances in Cheshire FA Academy fitness tests, Tom was the clear choice to promote fitness improvements amongst our members.  Outside of refereeing, Tom teaches PE in primary and high schools.

Tom Cassidy

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Stuart Kay

Stuart started refereeing in 1972 in the then City of Manchester Sunday League and has since that time been a registered referee. His experience in off-pitch football includes his directorship of Altrincham FC and being Chairman of Fleetwood Town. He is better known for his work in grass roots football as Referee Development Group Leader supervising over 9 basic referee courses as lead tutor and over 200 referees qualified under his instruction. He now concentrates as an observer on the North West Counties League and is a member of Cheshire FA Disciplinary Panel.