Travis Perkins


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.

Pablo Abreu

Pablo came from Brazil having ran his own pharmacy for 11 years. His move to the UK was prompted by the decision to give a brighter future to his family. 

After his move to the UK in 2016 he started working in a pharmacy in Wales. A few years later, he became a Boots Pharmacy Store Manager.  He is working hard on his pharmacy career to validate his Brazilian pharmacist certificate in the UK. Pablo is currently a Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician. 

Pablo is the father of two children, including Lucas who plays in the U12 match squad. Alanis is 6 years old. 

Pablo is a formed scout and has been a scout leader as well. His favourite hobbies are cycling, swimming and going to gym.  He also loves an old fashion rock'n'roll when cooking a delicious Brazilian meal.

Lee Hayes

Lee is Deputy Safeguarding Officer and Parents Representative. Lee welcomes feedback from parents whether they are general thoughts, ideas, suggestions, concerns or improvements and will review and raise with the other Trustees as we look to continually offer the best for our young footballers.

Professionally, Lee is the Head of Resourcing for a Marketing Communications Group, recruiting for a number of businesses across the UK, US and APAC.

Born in Taunton, Lee moved to Bristol for work in 2005 but moved back in 2012.

Lee is Dad to Lois, 11 and William 8 who have both been playing for Taunton Juniors for a year. William also plays for Tone Youth. As you can imagine there is quite a lot of football chat in the house! You’ll also see us at most of the TTFC Home games.

In his spare time, Lee enjoys running and going to the gym, and any time the sun is out he’ll be headed to a nearby beach or coast for a walk. Lee also really enjoys heading out for food and drink, exploring some of the great options we have in and around Taunton, feel free to ask him for his recommendations!