British American Football Referees Association


Davie Parsons

Term of office began: AGM 2010
Term of office ends: AGM 2024
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 2024
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.

Stuart Tabberer

Term of office began: 28th March 2021
Term of office ends: AGM 2025
Occupation: Air Traffic Controller
Joined BAFRA: January 2014
Location: Bristol


Stuart joined BAFRA in 2014 after completing university. Having played both Student and Summer Football at Bristol Barracuda and Bristol Apache for three years, Stuart needed a new American Football outlet. His love of officiating was sparked by helping out the Bristol Aztecs officiate a team scrimmage, especially when one of the coaches complimented him on his ability and rules knowledge.

Stuarts career has gone from strength to strength, being elected to the BAFRA Elite Panel for the last two years. He has been selected to officiate several Div 1 and 2 finals fixtures. Continuing his progression Stuart was selected to officiate the IFAF Womens European Tournament in Aug 2019 along with several GB European Championships qualifiers. Stuart was selected for the 2020 BUCS Bowl Game at Line Judge, however due to the pandemic the game never went ahead.

He has been part of the finance team since 2017 and has assisted in the restructuring of the finance team and processes.
Outside of BAFRA Stuart is a member of several choirs and plays Badminton regularly.

James Ford-Bannister

Term of office began: AGM 2020
Term of office ends: AGM 2024
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.

Susannah Taylor

Term of office began: August 2021
Term of office ends: AGM 2025
Occupation: Accountant
Joined BAFRA: December 2014
Location: Surrey


Susannah joined BAFRA back in 2014 and within a year demonstrated a willingness to support BAFRA's off-field activities by taking on the principal role within the Publicity and Media team. In 2019 she was appointed as Deputy Director of Recruitment and has played an active part on the Convention Delivery Team over the past 5 years. In 2019 when IFAF held the Women’s European Championships in Leeds, Susannah was BAFA’s financial lead.

Peter Parsons

Term of office began: AGM 2016
Term of office ends: AGM 2024
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 2025
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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