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Our Staff

Meet the team! We have produced some short biographies for all of our staff, including contact details to assist you with getting in touch with the person who can help you the most.

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Andy Fairbairn

Executive Director

Andy’s main areas of responsibility are strategic planning, partnerships, financial management and managing the SCB employees. Andy is our main professional contact with the ECB and represents Somerset at a regional and national level. Andy is also the Somerset Cricket Board representative on the West of England Premier League management committee. Andy reports directly to the SCB Board of Directors.
07557 783682

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Brian Hoyle

Senior Development Officer

Brian manages our education programme in Somerset which typically runs over 35 courses throughout the year for Coaches, Umpires, Scorers, Groundsman, Welfare Officers and volunteers. Brian also leads on ClubMark in the county and manages a team of Club Support Officers to support and guide our clubs through the process each year. Brian also manages ECB Club U13 & U15 Cups, primary school Kwik Cricket competitions, Small Grants Scheme, local OSCAs and U19T20.
01823 352266

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Scott Chappell

Youth Development Manager

Scott manages our Chance to Shine and schools programme and offers support and guidance to the clubs and schools involved. Scott also manages our delivery team of Community Coaches and casual coaches, as well overseeing our community coaching programme which includes the Development Programme, Mini Crickets, holiday courses and one to one coaching. Scott is also our lead tutor on Coach Education courses helping to bring new coaches in to the game.
01823 425329

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Steve Gass

Participation and Growth Development Officer

Steve manages our disability, female participation and indoor league programmes. He leads on the Somerset Super 1s project, disability hubs and support for the Disability and Visually Impaired County teams. Steve uses our Active8 and #ThisGirlCan support packages and other programmes to drive new women and girl’s sections across Somerset. He also heads up our indoor league offer across the county for men, women, boys and girls.
07788 628526

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Matt Counsell

League and Club Development Officer

Matt’s role is to support, guide and develop the recreational game in Somerset. He supports our clubs through a combination of bespoke local support (Club Roadshows and club visits) and tailored national programmes (All Stars, U19T20, Small Grants Scheme). Matt also works very closely with our senior and junior league and plays a very active role in the Somerset Groundsman Association and Coaches Associations.
07772 538068

Keith Parsons

College Academy Head Coach (part-time)

Ex Somerset professional, Keith Parsons manages our College Academy (in partnership with Richard Huish College) programme. Keith designs the programme and manages the team of coaches who deliver to 12 college students each week at The Cooper Associates County Ground. The players combine academic studies at college with a mixture of weekly 2:1 coaching sessions, group coaching sessions and fitness sessions throughout the year.

Please contact Scott Chappell with any queries regarding the College Academy.

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Alex Taylor

Community Coach, North East Somerset

Alex works across North East Somerset which includes: the BANES and South Bristol areas. Alex delivers in the school, club and performance environments including Chance to Shine, Super 1s, All Stars, Dynamos and Women and girls. Alex is also a qualified ClubMark Support Officer and tutors on Cricket Activator and Cricket for Teachers courses.
07778 591707

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Emily Vickery

Community Coach, South West Somerset

Emily is one of our Community Coaches delivering in schools, clubs and community settings to inspire future generations of cricketers. Emily’s role involves working on the Chance to Shine, Super 1’s, All Stars, Dynamos and Women and Girls’ programmes. Emily covers Taunton, Minehead, Bridgwater, Ilminster and the surrounding areas.
07721 337870

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Mark Watts

Community Coach, South East Somerset

Mark is based in Yeovil and works predominantly in Frome, Glastonbury, Yeovil and the surround areas. Mark delivers on many of our programmes including: Chance to Shine, Super 1’s, All Stars, Dynamos and Women and girls. Mark’s role like the other community coaches is to inspire people to say that ‘Cricket is a game for me’.
07858 713816