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Trustees

  • Tony Taylor

    Chair
    Tony heads up an independent management consultancy specialising in human resources and talent management. He chairs a number of organisations and is Chief Examiner for a large professional body for whom he is also a subject expert author in sales, marketing, operational management, leadership and corporate governance. Tony has been active management Trustee of LPF for a number of years, having been Secretary prior to taking on his present responsibilities. He is also a director of CAFE (the Centre for Access to Football in Europe).
  • Steve Evans

    Secretary
    Steve, a keen Liverpool supporter, was born and lives on Wirral, Merseyside. He joined the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME) at the age 16 and after a successful military career, worked for Nestle until illness and disability forced early retirement. He then became a radio presenter and can currently be heard regularly on local hospital radio on Wirral; he is also a sports summariser and newspaper reviewer for a commercial radio station in Liverpool. Steve was a Games Maker and Ambassador at the London Paralympics in 2012 and is currently a Public Governor of the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Steve recognises the benefits of following football and the need for a greater emphasis to be channelled into encouraging disabled people to attend sporting events. Steve is also a supporter of LPF’s sister organisation, CAFE (the Centre for Access to Football in Europe), and he remains an active committee member with LDSA.
  • Joanna Deagle

    Joanna is the Managing Director of the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE), Level Playing Field's sister organisation, and is dedicated to improving access and inclusion for disabled people through the power of sport. She joined CAFE in November 2013, and was appointed as Managing Director two years later. Joanna has worked closely with LPF for a number of years and was the Projects and Research Manager for LPF in 2015. Joanna's role at CAFE includes overseeing the growth and development of the organisation, working closely with UEFA and other external stakeholders to deliver CAFE's works across Europe and beyond. She has a proved track record of working with football's governing bodies to ensure that major tournaments and finals are accessible, inclusive and welcoming for a range of disabled spectators. Prior to joining CAFE, Joanna worked and volunteered for a number of organisations such as Emmaus France, and their partner organisation Burkina Faso, the Brazilian Paralympic Team and ReachOut. She is fluent in French and Portuguese and was a Games Maker, supporting the Brazilian Paralympic Committee at the London 2012 Paralympics.  
  • Jo McNicol

    Joanna brings with her a wealth of experience and has actively worked and campaigned for greater accessibility within the travel industry for numerous years. A lifelong supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, Joanna has followed Spurs across the UK and Europe, building friendships and contacts with both the club and fans alike. She is also a keen traveller and attends other sports matches worldwide. Joanna intuitively understands the needs of others and uses her excellent communication skills to better improve the experience for all. Her aim is to close the gap of what is accessible and what currently is not.
  • Rex Burton

    Rex is a retired consultant car body design engineer, having worked for some of the major worldwide car manufacturers. He enjoyed playing and organising sport in his younger years and was actively involved both in football and cricket teams until an accident ended his involvement.

    Several years ago, Rex decided he wanted to get back into football in some way. He determined that the best thing he could do was to take an active role in resolving the issues facing disabled fans within football. He became a member of the Milton Keynes Dons Supporters Association (MKDSA), and has been their Disability Officer for the past 12 years. Rex recently led a project that successfully bought together members of the MKDSA, the football club and the local community. Together, they were able to build a fully equipped ‘Changing Places’ toilet facility in MK Dons’ stadium, having raised all the required funds themselves. This was one of the very first of these facilities installed throughout the EFL. Rex first became a trustee of Level Playing Field in 2009, serving on the board until 2014 when he stepped down in order to work on other projects. He returned to the board of Trustees in 2017 to continue his support of the charity.