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.

Carol Finnigan - Trustee

Carol is responsible for the majority of the volunteers including the safeguarding, DBS checks and training.

She runs the refreshment outlet on match days at AUFC and provides all the food for social functions including the sponsors lounge.

In her home life Carol works as an L3 Teaching assistant in a High school supporting children with a variety of learning difficulties and disabilities - her husband works as AUFC club secretary and groundsman whilst her son, who is learning disabled himself, is an active volunteer with the charity.

Vic Tomlisson - Secretary / Trustee

Our most recent Trustee joined the charity in Nov 2018, Vic was born in Ashton and lives locally with strong ties to the area.

Having spent 30 years with a major oil company , both home and abroad, where he gained technical and marketing expertise in senior management.

Now retired, he and his wife enjoy time with their three children and six grandchildren. A keen golfer and supporter of AUFC, means he leads a very active social life. He's looking forward in supporting  the charity to the best of his ability.

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.

Chris Tomlisson - Trustee

Chris joined the charity as a Trustee in November 2017, a long-time supporter of the club living locally he has been watching Ashton United since the 1960’s – He works at a large partitioning company in Leeds and brings a lot of enthusiasm and numerical skills to the charity. 

In his home life he is married and has a daughter that volunteers with the general publishing of social media at the club

Julie Wilson - Trustee

Julie became involved with the charity last year 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. 

Ken Philburn - Trustee

Ken becomes the latest to join the charity as a Trustee, a long-standing supporter of the club having been the Supporters Club chairman and was responsible for setting up a lot of the initial social media outlets for the club including Facebook & Twitter. Ken brings a lot of varying skills with a background in engineering, he’s also worked in the housing sector as a Neighbourhood Services Team Leader.

Having retired Ken now lives in Lytham with his wife, he still visits Ashton regularly to visit his children and grandchildren whilst taking in the occasional game at Hurst Cross and in his spare time likes to compete at crown green bowls.

Andy Finnigan- Acting Community Development Officer

Andy recently joined the Charity working in a new role as Volunteer Support Officer, and has been so successful in that role, that he has now been promoted to Acting Community Development Officer, Andy is of course no stranger to us, having held the position of Secretary of Ashton United F.C. for the last eight years, during which time he has enjoyed working with our volunteers on match days, together with his Wife Carol and Son Patrick. Andy brings a wealth of experience of working with local communities, having previously worked at Prestwich Heys and Bury Juniors F.C. 

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