Wycombe Wanderers | Meet The Team
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Meet The Team

Paul Foley

Head of WWSET

Paul joined WWSET in April 2015 following 7 years spent working in both coaching and management positions with AFC Wimbledon’s Foundation and Academy.

Having worked his way up from a casual community coach, Paul’s final 3 years with AFC Wimbledon were spent in the role of Operations Manager within the Foundation. This period allowed Paul to gain significant experience in leading a successful community scheme on a day to day basis.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys “trying” to play golf, as well as skiing and snowboarding as often as possible.

To contact Paul please email: paul.foley@wwfc.com

Claire Hawes

Head of Health

Claire joined the WWSET team in April 2021. Her role is to maximise WWSET’s physical and mental health-related offerings, and to develop, manage and deliver numerous activity programmes and partnerships, all of which will aim to improve the health of the local community.

Claire holds a Masters degree in Sport Development Management and prior to joining WWSET worked for Active Luton as Health Specialist Manager (Community Outreach and Engagement) and has significant previous experience managing programmes including:

·         Women only fitness

·         Physical activity for families with children under 5

·         Youth engagement for those at risk of offending/reoffending

·         Health walks and beginners running scheme

·         Disability participation project

Claire has a passion for all things sport development and always wants to make a difference in the community. In her spare time, Claire enjoys powerlifting and playing rugby for her local team.

To contact Claire please email: claire.hawes@wwfc.com

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Mark Fawkes

Head of Fundraising and Communications

Mark joined WWSET in April 2021 from Wycombe Wanderers Football Club where he previously worked as Head of Creative. Mark joins WWSET with a wealth of experience in the fields of education and digital marketing. Having worked towards a degree in Psychology with the Open University, he spent several years in Special Educational Needs (SEN) education, primarily within Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) provisions. However, it was in 2016 that he turned his hand to Digital Marketing, starting as a Junior and working his way up to Digital Campaign Manager working within the charity sector, leading communications campaigns with some of the UK’s largest charities. 

To contact Mark please email: mark.fawkes@wwfc.com

Kirk Williams

Head of Sports Participation

Kirk joined the Football in the Community Programme, as WWSET was previously known, way back in 1998. Initially involved in a work experience capacity, over the years Kirk developed into various other roles and is now head of the very successful Elite & Development Centre’s that WWSET operate.

Kirk has a relentless passion for coaching and developing young footballers and his vast experience has assisted him in developing his coaching skills to an extremely high level. Kirk is also very passionate about continuous learning and has completed his UEFA A-Licence coaching certificate.

Away from the office and training pitch, Kirk enjoys spending time with his young family and spending as much time as possible on the golf course.

To contact Kirk please email: kirk.williams@wwfc.com

Mark Heath

Head of Education

Born and raised in High Wycombe Mark went to university to study Sports Management. After graduating he worked for a year with Wycombe Wanderers “Football in the Community” before leaving to study for his degree in teacher training at the University of Reading. 

After leaving Reading he worked at the Totteridge Academy in Barnet for ten years. During his time there he taught a wide range of subjects across the curriculum and helped develop many areas of school life, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award and World Challenge which involved taking students to Africa and Croatia to carry out charity work. He also developed links with Barnet Football Club and set up a successful football and training academy. 

In his spare time Mark runs a local football team in his home town of Welwyn Garden City and remains a dedicated supporter of WWFC. 

To contact Mark please email: mark.heath@wwfc.com

Penny McLain-Smith

Kickstart Education Assistant

Penny joined the SET team with a proven track record of making a big difference to the young people she has worked with. Penny’s role is to assist with the delivery of the new Kickstart scheme. Wycombe Wanderers is one of 65 EFL clubs that have a charitable arm to have signed up for the government’s Kickstart scheme, providing hundreds of jobs for young people. Penny is something of a whizz on the crazy golf course and she is also a keen swimmer. She loves to bake and is fond of taking long walks – her favourite place to go for a stroll in the Peak District, where she likes to holiday when she can. 

To contact Penny please email: penny.mclain-smith@wwfc.com

Andrew Homent

Activity Programme Manager

Andrew joined the WWSET team in April 2015 as Lead Delivery Officer and quickly improved the quality of our coaches delivery through a programme of detailed training. Following on from the departure of the previous Activity Programme Manager in October 2015 Andrew was promoted and now leads the department which encompasses all our community coaching activities such as schools work and holiday courses.

An extremely likeable character, Andrew is able to use his passion for football to engage with various stakeholders and increase WWSET’s levels of delivery to ensure that as many local people as possible are participating in sport and reaping the benefits that sport can offer.

To contact Andrew please email: andrew.homent@wwfc.com

Lewis Bloom

Elite Development Academy Manager

Lewis began coaching with WWSET at our EDA in June 2015 while studying for his Master’s degree at Chichester University. Due to his fantastic coaching skills, excellent rapport with parents and the positive learning environment that he created while with us part-time, he was the outstanding candidate when a full-time position became available.

Lewis has now been with us for over 3 years as a full-time member of staff and has obtained the role as our Elite Development Academy (EDA) Manager. Lewis manages both our boys and girls EDA pathways while also taking the lead in developing our EDA coaching team.

Lewis currently has his youth award and is a UEFA B licenced coach and is looking to continue his coach education by enrolling onto a UEFA A licence in the near future.

To contact Lewis please email: lewis.bloom@wwfc.com

Billy Ready

Premier League Primary Stars Manager

Billy started working for WWSET as a casual community coach in February 2016, after spending 6 months gaining coaching experience in California. Through showing an unrivalled work ethic, enthusiasm, willingness to learn and a selfless attitude, Billy gave himself the best possible chance when a full-time role became available with WWSET.
As well as being an FA Level 2 coach, he also holds an AfPE Level 3 in Supporting the Delivery of PE and School Sports Award with hopes of progressing his learning by obtaining a place on a UEFA B license course in the near future.
Billy has acquired invaluable experience coaching a variety of age and ability groups, as young as 18 months old up to 70+-year-old walking footballers! He has also had the opportunity to coach in 3 continents, within the UK, USA, and Africa (The Gambia).
In his spare time, Billy plays plenty of 6 a side and Sunday league Football, bowling, and spends time with family and friends!

To contact Billy please email: billy.ready@wwfc.com

Charlie Lauri

Delivery Officer (Sports Participation)

Charlie is one of our WWSET Delivery Officers and will be responsible for delivering high-quality sessions out in the community via the WWSET Activity Programme & EDA.

Charlie is in his second spell of employment with WWSET, having worked for us part-time from 2014 to 2016, before leaving us to expand his knowledge at other clubs such as Reading FC & Chelsea.

Charlie will soon be completing his UEFA B Coaching License and, with all the knowledge he has picked up from his many years of coaching, will be a huge asset to the WWSET Delivery Team.

Outside of work, Charlie is a player/coach for his local side Woodley United.

To contact Charlie please email: charlie.lauri@wwfc.com

Ashley Lamb

Delivery Officer (Sports Participation)

Ashley joined WWSET as a casual community coach in 2014 while completing his FA Level 2.

After gaining valuable experience in the after school club and holiday camp setting he pushed to expand his knowledge at the university level. On the completion of his degree in Sports Coaching, Ashley took on a full time role with WWSET in the summer of 2019.

He has since worked closely with a number of schools in the area, and within WWSET’s Elite Development Academy, providing young players with exceptional learning experiences through his sessions. Bringing high levels of enthusiasm and work ethic, Ashley has the desire to further expand his expertise and complete his UEFA B licence in the near future.

Outside of work Ashley enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling the world and playing a number of sports including table tennis and American football.

To contact Ashley please email: ashley.lamb@wwfc.com

Clare Bassett

Senior Delivery Officer (Premier League Programmes)

Clare Bassett is the Female officer for WWSET leading the Premier League Girls Programme.

Clare started out as a Primary School Sports Coach before undertaking a football and development degree at the University of South Wales. Since then she has been a casual coach for Cardiff City FC Foundation and Reading FC Community trust.

Having studied in Wales, Clare holds her FAW C licenses, FAW Goalkeeping award, and NVQ level 3 in delivering PE and School Sport.

Away from football Clare enjoys surfing and camping with her partner.

To contact Clare please email: femalefootball@wwfc.com

Paul Withams

Delivery Officer (Education)

Paul joined WWSET in February 2020 following a teaching career in primary education that started way back in the last century, 1989! As a former Head Teacher, Paul brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of all aspects of primary education. Alongside his classroom and leadership responsibilities, he organised all the sport within the school, successfully coaching football, cricket, rounders, netball, handball and athletics.

Paul enjoys watching all sports, especially cricket and the mighty Wanderers since the Martin O’Neill days. All three of his children are Wanderers fans, all having held season tickets for many years, with his son working as part of the matchday staff.

He also plays cricket for a local village team, as well as refereeing in youth football within South Bucks and the Chilterns. 

To contact Paul please email: paul.withams@wwfc.com

Atia Nazmin

Delivery Officer (Education)

Atia joined the Community Trust team in January 2020. 

Atia has spent the past six years volunteering in the community by planning, delivering and supporting projects in a range of sports. Through sport, she has aided good physical health, socialising and supported people with their mental health.

Atia has the skill, experience and passion for engaging youth within sports and prides herself on the relationships she is able to forge. Many young children look up to her as a role model and take great confidence from her can-do attitude.

She enjoys breaking stigmas surrounding female participation in sport and her positive attitude encourages others to break boundaries. Atia likes to meet people from varying backgrounds and of a range of ages as she believes we all have something to learn from each other, thus team work comes naturally to her.

Atia holds a Level 1 qualification in Rounders and Football and hopes to develop on these. She has also received the Active in Bucks: Volunteer of The Year Award 2017 for her voluntary work within the community.

To contact Atia please email: atia.nazmin@wwfc.com

Georgia (Gee) Grou

Community Health Delivery Officer

Gee joined WWSET in September 2019 after studying Sports Psychology & Coaching Sciences at Bournemouth University and working as a sports coach within the Dorset area.
Since leaving university Gee decided to pursue her passion for community health alongside sport, which is a perfect fit considering her role as WWSET’s Community Health delivery officer within the sports industry. 

Gee is looking forward to helping people on their physical and mental health journey through various projects that are offered at WWSET, such as Keep Moving Forward, Fit Fans, Fit Xtra, and Get Active. 

Gee enjoys all sports, but has a particular passion for football, she currently voluntary coaches and plays for a ladies football team in her spare time.

To contact Gee please email: georgia.grou@wwfc.com

Jason Carr

Delivery Officer (Sports Participation).

Jason is a Delivery Officer who joined the team back in September 2019 after previously working for Hercules Sports for 18 months.

Jason currently holds his FA level 2 football coaching award as well as AFPE level 3 in supporting delivery of PE and school sports award. In the near future he hopes to continue his development by completing his UEFA B licence soon.

Since he has joined, Jason has worked closely with a number of schools providing high quality in school and after school coaching sessions. He also delivers on our holiday camps providing fun, engaging days of football. Jason also works within WWSET’s elite development academy, where he passes on his knowledge to the players coming through the academy.

Outside of work, he is 1st team coach at Aylesbury Vale Dynamos FC. He enjoys spending time with friends and family and loves being out on the golf course with his mates.

To contact Jason please email: jason.carr@wwfc.com

Jack Fowler

Digital Marketing Apprentice.

Jack is our  WWSET Digital Marketing Apprentice. His role is to promote all of our programmes on all social media platforms but to also be in-control of the website, and produce fun content to supply on these channels. 

Jack has completed his FA Level One coaching badge and has gained a Community Activator Level 2 certificate for his apprenticeship last year. 

Jack already has had some experience working in media, he has done some small jobs for outside companies, but also did work experience for Wycombe Wanderers a few years ago, but he’s learning a new trade and is keen to get stuck in, as he hopes to complete his Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with flying colours.

Jack is someone who always wants to learn and improve, and wants to help others to get the best out of all the activities WWSET offer. 

To contact Jack please email: jack.fowler@wwfc.com

Gavin James

Custody Intervention Coach.

Gavin started his career coaching within Wycombe’s Football in the Community programme, before spending four years in the fitness industry. During that time he graduated from Bucks New University with a Sports Management degree. 

Having spent time working in the PE departments in both a mainstream school and pupil referral unit, Gavin discovered a passion for community and sport development.

He successfully delivered Slough Borough Council’s Sport England funded ‘Get Active’ programme, which engaged young people between the ages of 14-25 in sport and physical activity. The programme developed into the ‘Active Slough’ programme which delivered 80 weekly sessions to all residents in the Borough.

Most recently, Gavin worked as a Community Sports Manager for Greenwich Leisure Limited covering the communities in the Chilterns.

Outside of work Gavin has a passion for football. After being released from Wycombe Wanderers at 18, he has played semi-professionally for the past 10 years for many local teams, winning the FA Vase at Wembley in 2018 with Thatcham Town FC.

He has also played International football; representing Saint Vincent and the Grenadines National team 9 times, including home and away fixtures against the USA for the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.

If he’s not playing or watching football, in his spare time you might find him on a golf course, watching Netflix or listening to Music.