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TRUSTEES

Steve Hobson - Project Manager

Steve is a retired police officer with over 30yrs experience working with the community and voluntary sector. Steve is the Consultant Partner in a business offering capacity building, income generation and business support to charity's, sports clubs and non profit making organisations. He is a consultant to the Football Association on off field club matters.

David Burke - de facto Trustee

David is the current joint Chairman of Ashton United FC with his son Jonathan. A commercial property developer is a big supporter of both the club and the charity.

His father an ex player at the club, holds the record for the most appearances at 410 games.

John North - Treasurer / Trustee

John joined the charity as a Trustee in August 2016 and was quickly appointed as the charity Treasurer. Now retired, John has been involved at Ashton United for over 20 years, as a Coach, Director and Secretary. He has worked for various large companies including British Gas, Stadium Management Group (SMG) and the NHS, with extensive managerial qualifications, excellent man management and organisational skills - has recently done voluntary work with the NW Air Ambulance.

Currently married with grown up children, he likes to spend his spare time travelling, eating out, following Ashton United and time with his family.

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Andrew Clayton - Trustee

Andy was born and bred in Saddleworth and now lives in Oldham with wife, Alison and grown-up son Matthew, he retired recently from a long career in IT Hardware & Service Management within Computer Centre’s for a major British Telecommunications company, and brings a wealth of experience to the charity. He is a passionate Brass Band player with Greenfield Brass Band where he also holds the organisational role of Secretary / Chairman of the Band.                            Andy commented ‘I hope that my business skillset will allow me to support and realise the ideas of the Trustees, and I look forward to working with them and the community’

Michael Brown - Trustee

Michael joined the charity at its inception as a Trustee and was appointed Secretary. Michael started at AUFC as a student volunteer, mainly involved with improving social media and covering match days. On the back of his success at AUFC he was offered a full time role as Manchester FA Media Manager, and has recently worked with the England Under 20’s team at tournaments in France. In June 2018 Michael was appointed as Head of Media at Southport FC. but has since moved to Oldham Athletic FC.

He brings enthusiasm to the charity along with excellent contacts in the media and football world.

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Julie Wilson - Trustee

Julie became involved with the charity in 2019 and supported the Trustee’s with a recruitment process before joining as a Trustee herself.  She is a senior manager in a national charity and brings a wealth of experience in building networks between businesses, public services and the voluntary sector.  She specialises in delivering complex projects, building and inspiring teams, and developing strategy. 

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Jill Tichborne - Trustee

Joined the charity in June 2022

Jill has been running the Ethical Education Enterprise CIC for 9 years, the last 6 years based in Tameside.  Working in the community, Jill delivers training and support for third sector organisations, their staff, volunteers and clients.  Prior to this Jill worked in finance for almost 20 years before embarking on a teaching career, studying at Manchester University.  Having discovered an interest in youth football through her youngest daughter, she became the Welfare Officer for a girls’ team and, after a short break, is now volunteering with Ashton United FC as a Trustee.  Jill is a single Mum with three wonderful children, a Bassett Hound, a Beagle and a crazy cat.