Meet the team

Our workforce are our most important feature. They’re the first point of contact for someone looking for help – and they’re the people that continue to offer support for as long as it’s needed.

Our team is made up of 60 full-time staff, 74 sessional coaches and nearly 250 volunteers, apprentices and trainees. All are well trained and highly skilled at supporting people – whether that’s on the pitch, in school or in the community. 

Many of our staff have previously been part of one of our programmes. We see the opportunity for beneficiaries to volunteer, to join more structured development programmes, or to join us as an employee, as an incredibly important part of creating better futures and improving lives.

This lived-experience is why we involve our people and our beneficiaries in the development of our organisation and the programmes we deliver. Their input through co-design and co-production of programmes means that our support is offered where it is needed and in a way that breaks down barriers.

Joe Lyons
Joseph Lyons Chief Executive Officer
Joseph has over fifteen years’ experience working across the community sports sector, providing successful leadership and applying core values of community engagement to pioneer and create influential partnerships and projects. Since joining the West Ham United Foundation in June 2013, he has delivered an innovative approach to inspire better futures for all, particularly focusing on Health, Education and Inclusion, and breaking down social barriers for young people to achieve. Joseph’s work across East London has been an example of his multi-layered approach to building meaningful collaborations in order to tackle local need and utilise the power of elite sport for social good. With a strong understanding of the affect football has on attitudes towards learning and community engagement, Joseph has developed a number of award-winning sport-based projects in order to create environments for communities that ultimately aims to drive equality and create life-changing opportunities.
Kerry Downes
Kerry Downes Managing Director and Head of Community
Janet Wallace
Janet Wallace Finance Director
Bryan Glover
Bryan Glover Head of Football Development
Jesse Foyle
Jesse Foyle Head of Learning
Wayne Maxwell
Wayne Maxwell Head of Operations
Claire Priddle
Claire Priddle Safeguarding Manager
Alicia Goulding
Alicia Goulding Head of Marketing & Communications