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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.

andy.fairbairn@somersetcricketboard.org
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.

brian.hoyle@somersetcricketboard.org
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.

scott.chappell@somersetcricketboard.org
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.

steve.gass@somersetcricketboard.org
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.

matthew.counsell@somersetcricketboard.org
07772 538068

Keith Parsons

College Academy Head Coach (part-time)

Ex Somerset professional, Keith Parsons manages our College Academy 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 Brian Hoyle with any queries regarding the Richard Huish Academy.

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Matt Drakeley

Performance Head Coach

Matt is responsible for the whole of our player pathway (boys, girls and women) that consists of three main programmes – Pathway Centres (formally District), County Age Group and Emerging Player Programme. Matt also coaches on Somerset County Cricket Club’s Academy. Developing other coaches in the county is also a major part of Matt’s role and he works closely with the Somerset Coaches Association to help achieve this.

matt.drakeley@somersetcricketboard.org
07891 241736

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Sophie Luff

Women & Girl’s Performance Head Coach

Sophie manages and delivers on our female pathway including our Pathway Centres, girls County Age Group, Emerging Player Programme, Women’s Academy and Somerset Women. Sophie is also responsible for developing coaches to deliver on the pathway. Sophie is also one of our Community Coaches delivering in schools and clubs, a player for Western Storm and Captain of Somerset Women.

sophie.luff@somersetcricketboard.org
07921 846545

Laura Lewis

Laura Lewis

Cricket Administrator

Laura leads on administration for our Performance Cricket programmes. Generating nominations from clubs and schools, communicating with parents and players, booking training and match day venues and organising match day logistics form a major part of Laura’s role. Laura also administrates our annual tour to Sri Lanka and our One to One Coaching programme.

laura.lewis@somersetcricketboard.org
01823 425346

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Andrew Skidmore

Community Coach, South Somerset

Andrew is based at The Cooper Associates County Ground and works predominantly in Mendip, Sedgemoor, Taunton and South Somerset . Andrew delivers in the school, club and performance environments including Chance to Shine, Super 1s and All Stars sessions. Andrew is our boys U12 county coach and a Coach Education Tutor.

andrew.skidmore@somersetcricketboard.org
07896 302877

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Alex Taylor

Community Coach, North Somerset

Alex is based at Wellsway School and works predominantly in the Bath, North Somerset and South Bristol areas. Alex delivers in the school, club and performance environments including Chance to Shine, Super 1s and All Stars sessions. Alex is also a qualified ClubMark Support Officer and Coach Education Tutor.

alex.taylor@somersetcricketboard.org
07778 591707