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8 March 2016

Profiling a selection of Albion's and AITC's female staff

To celebrate International Women’s Day today, Brighton & Hove Albion’s media department have profiled a selection of club and Albion in the Community (AITC) staff working in a variety of different jobs here in the second of two special features.

A special women in football feature has been included in the Sheffield Wednesday edition of Seagull, priced at £3.50 and available in and around the stadium.

Evie Chicha

Job title: Health administrator

Years in the role: Nine months

Job description: To support AITC Health & Wellbeing department in the administration of all health projects

What do you enjoy most about your job: Supporting projects that improve our local community’s health and wellbeing and get people active i.e. our Back to Exercise programme delivers Walking Football!

What are your longer term ambitions: To become a personal trainer and help get people active and healthy.

Advice to girls hoping for a career in football: Decide what you want to do in your life, focus on it, work hard and don’t ever stop believing!

Laura Collins

Job title: AITC projects co-ordinator.

Years in the role: One and a half

Job description: Co-ordinating all design and build projects for the club

What do you enjoy most about your job: The variety of work and seeing the results of the more creative design projects come to fruition

What are your longer term ambitions: To progress in a more creative design role

Advice to girls hoping for a career in football: Have confidence in yourself and your abilities.

Siobhan Meaker.

Job title: AITC Health manager

Years in the role: I joined in May 2015 as the Macmillan Physical Activity Project Manager.

Previous experience: I worked mainly in health-related PR and communications in PR agencies and local charities, and I have also managed a gym. 

Job description: I lead the AITC health team, overseeing a number of projects which help people across the county stay active and live well

What are your longer term ambitions: To develop the health team so more people have access to the information and activities that can help them live better and for longer.

Advice to girls hoping for a career in football: I’ve been a football fan all my life, but I didn’t think for one moment I would end up coming to work above a stadium! Follow your passion, work hard and know that what you have to offer is valuable. Don’t let yourself hold you back.


Sue Parris

Job Title: Education, welfare and player services manager.

Years in the role: I have worked for the club for three years and ten months.

Job Description: My team takes care of the off-pitch needs of all our players from the under-9s to the first team: formal and informal education, accommodation, transport, safeguarding and welfare issues.

What do you enjoy most about your job: I enjoy developing football players at the club to be well-rounded, capable and grounded young men. We have a strong emphasis at the club that we are developing people and not just footballers, to provide a much deeper sense of responsibility and ultimately makes a difference.

What are your longer-term ambitions: My ambition is to support the club in reaching and maintaining Premier League status and ensuring the players we have from the first team to the U9s are capable of reaching their potential on and off the pitch.

Advice to girls hoping for a career in football: My advice to anyone wanting to work in football is to be friendly, proactive and be prepared to work incredibly hard.

Vicky Franklin

Job title: AITC apprenticeship & employability manager

Years in the role: 16 months

Job description: AITC’s apprenticeship programme helps local young people find employment, together with training/qualifications, in a career of their choice. We match them to suitable employers across Sussex, in a range of occupational areas.
What do you enjoy most about your job:
Coming to work amongst the buzz (and amazing people!) at the stadium. We all work hard, but it’s also great fun.

What are your longer term ambitions: Working at AITC is incredibly inspiring, due to the number of individuals the charity supports, across a variety of programmes. I hope to continue in this role supporting young people, to help them realise their potential.

Advice to girls hoping for a career in football: Brighton & Hove Albion women’s teams have amazing players to aspire to. First and foremost, always work as hard as you can to achieve your ambitions – whatever they are in life.

Name: Emma Cook

Job title: Fundraising Manager

Years in the role: I joined in November 2014 and was appointed fundraising manager in February 2016.

Job description: To oversee and manage all AITC fundraising functions including but not limited to corporate partnerships, events, community fundraising and individual giving. I also manage the fundraising team, devise and implement the fundraising strategy and manage the budget for the department.

What do you enjoy most about your job: I love the variety of the role, in particular the broad range of fundraising events we run and the many stakeholdergroups we engage with. I meet inspirational people and our beneficiaries, some of whom are local celebrities in their own right eg raising more than £250,000 for disability sport in Sussex and being selected to play powerchair football for England.              

What are your longer term ambitions: I am extremely ambitious for the fundraising department. Fundraising is such a crucial function for our charity – raising unrestricted funds is essential to ensuring that we can develop programmes that respond directly to the needs of the community.   

Advice to girls hoping for a career in football: Professional football clubs are seeking similar experience and skill sets from their employees as other businesses, be it corporate, charity or sporting.

Amy Sussams

Job title: Hospitality Service Executive

Years in the role:
Two months

Job description: I work in the 1901 team and assist with hospitality bookings, match day operations, commercial development and internal events

What do you enjoy most about your job: I enjoy the matchdays the most, we work all week preparing for the games, and so it is great to see all our hard work being put into action.

What are your longer term ambitions: I want to continue to work in the hospitality industry and one day work for an international mega sporting event company.  

Advice to girls hoping for a career in football: For my role, I think it is important to have a passion for football. I speak to fans on a regular basis, so having a shared interest with members enables you to connect with them on a higher level.  








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