British American Football Referees Association


Davie Parsons

Term of office began: AGM 2010
Term of office ends: AGM 2022
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.

Richard Moger

Term of office began:AGM 2020
Term of office ends: AGM 2022
Occupation: Teacher
Joined BAFRA: 2014
Location: Hampshire


Richard joined BAFRA in 2014 and has officiated all forms of the game at one time or another in the years since he joined. Richard got into the game as a result of watching it at University with friends, he had a few scrimmages and games but the workload of qualifying to become a teacher curtailed his involvement somewhat. In his career to date Richard has worked the Junior Bowl game at Britbowl XXXIII in his favourite position, Umpire, as well as working small sided finals days.

Away from the field Richard has helped to edit Newsflash and been part of the team that has found game clips for training. This has subsequently led to being involved with the video review of elite and non-elite games to aid official’s development. Richard is a Maths Teacher by trade and has been working in Education since 2010 at a Pupil Referral Unit.

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.

James Ford-Bannister

Term of office began: AGM 2020
Term of office ends: AGM 2022
Occupation:Entertainment Lighting Systems Designer
Joined BAFRA:2016


A near life-long Baltimore Ravens fan, due to a childhood friend's family being from Baltimore before moving the UK, football has been a sport on his radar since he was a kid but not the only one - as sport has played a large role in his life. Having previously had various roles in sports officiating, mostly in Motorsport as a Timekeeper & Flag Marshal (including working Formula E London races as a Post-Chief), he wasn't aware that he was looking for something new. However, it was during a 2015 winter trip to his company's Madison, WI headquarters when he had the chance to see local College favourites & his NCAA team (Wisconsin Badgers) play a cold snowy game at Camp Randall against the Northwestern Wildcats. It was a tight and contentious game that left many on-field and replay calls up for debate at the local watering hole post-game. In a flight of fancy, he looked up officiating opportunities back home (having seen Farnham Knights play as a younger man) and endeavoured to apply upon returning to England.

After a quick and smooth training period, with mentor Alan Dobson, he took to the field for uniball in 2016 and has worked almost every weekend of every season since - covering all levels of the game including the Pro-Cloud Transatlantic Trophy, several Youth & Flag National Finals, and had been scheduled to work the BUCS Div 1 Final prior to COVID-19 cancelling the season. Despite being open to working any position, he prefer to work as a Back Judge, Field Judge or Referee. It was his extensive involvement in supporting Keith Wickham (Elite Coordinator) develop the Elite Development Programme's video review process, whilst simultaneously developing as a stand-in deep official for Elite games, and local white hat for many of the latest intake of rookie officials, the he was encouraged to develop his ideas and stand for Director of Training in 2020.

Outside of football, James previously worked as Deputy Stage Manger (show-caller) in the theatre industry before moving to the other side of the industry, where he now works as a Project Manager and System Designer for a global lighting systems company.

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. Although he has worked all the positions on the field, Steve prefers the Head Linesman or Referee positions. His knee injury keeps him off the field at the present time, but he is still involved with mentoring and assessments.

His list of assignments includes fourteen 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 high school games in Colorado and Michigan, plus college football in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. 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. A number of the officials he has helped to train have later become EFAF / IFAF officials. both in the UK and abroad.

He became DWP2 in April 2009, and apart from a gap from 2001 - 2008 has served as a Director of BAFRA continuously since 1992. Steve also serves as BAFRA’s Deputy President.

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