Travis Perkins

Trustees



Chris Grave



Chris works full time in a local Primary School as the PE Lead delivering curriculum lessons along with extra-curricular activities. 

Chris has been involved with football and various sports ever since leaving school. He is passionate about giving young people the best opportunities and creating the best environment for them to thrive. He has been involved with our programme from the outset and been teaching PE across Taunton and Devon since leaving college in 2014.




Paul West



Paul is our U18 Manager and hardly needs any introduction as he is one of the most well-known people in the whole of Taunton.

Professionally, Paul runs his own building and window contracting businesses.

Paul is married to Kelly. He has 4 children, one of whom is Albe who plays for the Under 18's and a grandson Archie.

Paul rose through the ranks at TTFC from the youth team, through the reserve before making his first team debut in 1987.  He is currently Taunton’s second highest appearance holder.

Paul was forced to retire through injury in 2002. But during his time representing the club, he won 5 Western League titles, played in the infamous FA Vase loss at Wembley in 1994, and was captain in 2001 when the club eventually won the FA Vase, this still being its highest honour. He would probably be playing now if his knees would allow!

Paul was also manager of the first team between 2009 and 2012, a period when the finances of the club were strained and he was only able to work on a tight budget.  However, this did enable him to concentrate on the discovery of local youth players, giving debuts to several youngsters including current player Ollie Chamberlain

It is fair to say that if you cut Paul in half, you would see the Taunton colours running through his core.




Steve Willis



Steve is Chairperson of the board of trustees.

Professionally, he is a Chartered Loss Adjuster dealing with insurance claims for houses, businesses, churches and historic buildings.

Steve is married to Barbara. They have 3 children.

He has previously held a voluntary position as a Vice-Chair Governor for a local Primary School.




Neil Cottey



Neil is the trust’s financial controller.

Professionally, he is a self-employed accountant working mainly from his home in Taunton. Neil is married to Jackie. They have a school aged daughter.

Neil’s association with Taunton Town Football Club goes back to the start of the 1989-90 season when, searching for a game to watch, he found himself drawn to what is now The Viridor Stadium for an FA Cup preliminary round game against Minehead. He followed them in the next round and for the remainder of the title winning season in the Western League. From then on, he was ‘hooked’.

 

As the club continued to enjoy Western League and FA Vase success, many of the supporters wanted to see the team test themselves at a higher level. This meant that funds needed to be raised to meet the required ground grading regulations and the Taunton Football Supporters Club 2001 was born. At that, Neil became more deeply involved. Over the years, he has assisted with many events and activities to develop the club and facilities. Neil can still usually be seen at home matches selling tickets or making arrangements for the half time jackpot draw.

Neil has long held the view that a club the size of Taunton should always engage in the community to maximise the chances of the first team players being local. Therefore, he was delighted to join in with the programme and use his accountancy knowledge to help the Taunton Youth FC Community Trust.




Matt Crook



Professionally, he has over 30 years experience across multiple business lines within the Financial Services industry as an Audit / Compliance & Risk Management specialist.  Currently managing a Covid-19 test centre. Matt is married to Naomi. They have 2 children. Oliver the youngest is currently a match squad player in the U14's. Outside of work Matt is a keen carp angler (as is Oliver), snooker player, football fanatic and has a passion for the Sport of Kings having previously trained as a National Hunt Jockey.