British American Football Referees Association


Davie Parsons

Term of office began: AGM 2010
Term of office ends: AGM 2020
Occupation: Business Support Manager
Joined BAFRA: 1985
Location: Glasgow


Strange as it may seem, Davie first caught the football bug when he was working in Saudi Arabia in the early 1980’s. Almost all his work colleagues were from the USA and they would listen religiously to games on the American Forces Radio Network and watch video every Friday night.

After 3 years in the Saudi desert he returned home to the UK. It was late 1985 and Channels 4 were starting to pick up on the sport, various Football Magazines and First Down were appearing on newsagent’s shelves. He saw an advertisement, placed by BAFRA, looking for people interested in becoming Officials and sent in his application.

During the last 10 years he has been actively involved in training new Officials in Scotland and in October 2004 he put himself forward as a candidate for Director of Training.

Paul Sutton

Term of office began:1st October 2007
Term of office ends: AGM 2020
Occupation: Retired
Joined BAFRA: 1989
Location: Lancashire


Paul has long been active behind the scenes at BAFRA. Initially, from the early 1990’s, he scheduled the officials in the north west of England and this extended to scheduling for the midlands and north of England and Scotland by the mid-1990’s. In 2000, when the number of BAFRA officials meant it was more efficient to schedule centrally, he gave up this role and took on some work in support of the Director of Finance and of analysing data returns from games (activities he has continued into his current post). After an enjoyable on-field career that saw him officiate at numerous bowl games and two internationals (mainly as a linesman or back judge), knee injuries have forced him to retire from active officiating. However, he still undertakes on-field assessments of other officials as part of BAFRA’s development and quality programmes.

Paul is married with two grown up daughters (both of whom have long since left home) and has one grandson and one granddaughter. In March 2007 he retired after nearly forty years in the NHS.

Roger Brown

Term of office began: 1st April 2017
Term of office ends: AGM 2021
Occupation: ICT Operations Manager
Joined BAFRA: 1998, 2009-
Location: Isle of Wight


Roger started his football career as a 16 year old Junior player in the late 1980’s. He then played University and senior football before an injury stopped him playing. Roger then joined BAFRA for a short time in 1998 and worked a few games in the midlands before relocating to the Isle of Wight and taking a break from officiating due to family and work commitments. Following his break he rejoined BAFRA in early 2009. Although he has worked most of the positions on the field, Roger prefers the Head Linesman or Back Judge positions.

Roger supports Richard Vernon as part to the BAFRA selection panel. He has worked two bowl games and one international between the GB Bulldogs and Canada.

Pete Thom

Term of office began: November 2019
Term of office ends: AGM 2020
Joined BAFRA:


Oliver Maskell

Term of office began: 06th April 2019
Term of office ends: AGM 2021
Occupation: Recruitment Consultant
Joined BAFRA: 2016
Location: Southampton


Ollie joined BAFRA in 2016, he had previously played academy football on the South Coast. Ollie officiates U17, U19, Senior and Student games and favours the Referee and Umpire positions. Still in the early stages of his officiating career, he has worked a handful of Playoff Semi-Finals and Youth finals tournaments.

Off the field, Ollie is an in-house recruiting partner for a global Engineering Consultancy.

Peter Parsons

Term of office began: AGM 2016
Term of office ends: AGM 2020
Occupation: IT Consultant
Joined BAFRA: 2000
Location: Reading


Pete joined BAFRA in 2000 after playing and coaching for over a decade. He works all forms of contact football and has officiated close to 500 games. In his career he has been assigned to almost 20 domestic Championship and Bowl games at all levels, including 7 Britbowls, as well as many international games including the 2010 and 2013 European Championship Finals and the 2011 EFAF Cup Final.

Away from the field he currently serves on the BAFRA Exam Committee and the BAFRA Rules and Mechanics Committee, contributes to the IFAF rules and mechanics processes and to the rules processes for the smaller sided-formats in BAFA, mentors new officials and hosts local association meetings, and has previously served on the Selection Committee and as the Elite Programme director.

Steve Tonkinson

Term of office began: 5th April 2009
Term of office ends: AGM 2021
Occupation: Software Engineer
Joined BAFRA: 1985
Location: Essex


Steve joined BAFRA in the Summer of 1985 and has been officiating continuously since then. Although he has worked all the positions on the field, nowadays Steve prefers the Referee or Head Linesman positions.

His list of assignments includes thirteen British Bowl games, two EFAF Cup finals, two EuroBowl finals, three European Youth Championships and two European Senior Championships. Steve was the Side Judge at the first IFAF World Championships in 1999 including the Mexico - Japan final.

He has officiated college football in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, plus high school games in both Colorado and Michigan. In Colorado, he officiated a game at Lake County High School - the highest football field in the US at 10,562ft. The locals call it Two Mile High Stadium.

He has trained many new BAFRA officials in the South-East over the years and continues to do so. He has helped train Norwegian officials, assisted the Brazilians to convert from NFL to NCAA Rules and is currently involved in the training of officials in Poland. Several of the officials he has helped to train, both in the UK and abroad, have later become EFAF officials.

He became DWP2 in April 2009, having previously served as a Director of BAFRA for many years in the 1990's. In addition Steve serves as BAFRA’s Deputy President.

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