Cambridge United Foundation Staff

Vicky Neal
Head of Foundation
Senior Safeguarding Lead

Tim Walker
Head of Education

Ed Taylor
Wellbeing & Engagement Programme Manager
Designated Safeguarding Officer

Natasha Collins
Operations Manager
Designated Safeguarding Officer

James Enfield
School Sport Manager

Simon Wall
Community Engagement Manager

Emma Rushmer Smart
Youth Engagement Officer

Fin Peters
USW Mentor & Community Coach

Ewan Tester
Cross Curricular Co-ordinator

Jake Potts
Community Engagement Officer

Tyla Joseph
Community Coach

Sam Skinner
Community Coach

Jack Brandon
USW Student & Community Coach

George Whitehall
Community Coach

Alex Boyle
USW Student & Community Coach

Chloe Smith
USW Student & Community Coach

Darryl Carter
USW Student & Community Coach

Jack Saunders
Community Activator Apprentice

Dylan Woodley
Community Activator Apprentice

Cambridge United Foundation Delivery Partner

Phil Mullen
Phil Mullen Sports Coaching

Meet the Team

Vicky Neal – Head of Foundation and Senior Safeguarding Lead

Following my 9 years teaching PE at a local SEN provision, I joined the Foundation in November of 2020. I am passionate about the impact sport can have on our community and the Foundation utilises this to bring people together. Whether that’s through innovative education programmes, physical activity to improve health or social sessions forming life-long friendships. Everyday my staff make a tangible difference to the lives of those who live in our local community.


Tim Walker – Head of Education

Having previously worked for Cambridge United Community Trust, I was delighted to return to the Foundation in 2022. Having taught in primary schools for over 20 years, I bring an unwavering belief in the fundamental right to high-quality education for all to my role. A passionate CUFC fan, I feel privileged to harness the power of the badge across our Education programmes, working to inspire the local community. I am a firm believer that our work is stronger in collaboration and relish the opportunity to forge links with partners to create innovative and engaging projects.



Ed Taylor – Wellbeing & Engagement Programme Manager & Designated Safeguarding Officer

Having played rugby the age of 6, I started coaching after I completed a Sport Science degree. I worked for youth teams and development projects but specialised in growing rugby and nurturing talent from underrepresented communities. I had a passion for using sport as a tool for change, improving the lives of people in the community. Working at Dallaglio RugbyWorks and Saracens Foundation, managing sport development and sport for change projects, I joined CUF in May 2023. I hope to have a positive impact on my local community and help develop the staff to deliver high quality projects.



Natasha Collins – Operations Manager and Designated Safeguarding Officer

I joined the Foundation back in 2021, following working at Anglia Ruskin University and Microsoft Research Cambridge. I have always loved participating in sport, which has driven me to want to work in sport and provide these opportunities to our community. I enjoy the mix of helping with the background operations supporting our programmes as well as getting out into the community and seeing first-hand the impact we have through sport in our community.



James Enfield – School Sport Co-ordinator

After spending a few years working in schools teaching PE, I started working in the charity sector, working as a Community Coach including two years at Fulham FC Foundation. I joined Cambridge United Foundation in April 2022 as School Sport Manager. I currently oversee the Foundations work in Primary Schools, delivering PE lessons and After School Clubs amongst other programs. 



Simon Wall – Community Engagement Manager

I was a Primary School Teacher for over twenty years before joining the Foundation in 2016. I have lived in Cambridge for the majority of my life and am passionate about supporting those living in the city to lead happier, healthier lives. Whether that’s by working with families at our HAF camps, hosting afternoon teas at the stadium for local seniors or working with local organisations and charities. I am also a massive sports fan and have seen first-hand how the power of sport can help change people’s lives for the better.



Emma Rushmer Smart – Youth Engagement Officer

Following my 12 years nursing in local CAMHS, I joined the Foundation in February 2022. In my role I work in alternative provision & SEN schools delivering health and wellbeing sessions. I am passionate about supporting young people and providing the tools to equip them to embed their strengths and support their difficulties.



Fin Peters – USW Mentor



Ewan Tester  – Cross Curricular Co-ordinator

Having been involved in school sports delivery for 6 years, I became part of the Foundation team in January 2019. Since joining, I have transitioned from Community Coach to Cross Curricular Coordinator. In my role I focus on assisting young people with their academic attainment through the medium of sport, whilst also looking to holistically develop the young person as a whole. I have been involved in sport at a grass roots level for over two decades both as a player and coach and witnessed the positive life altering impact it has on everybody involved. 



Jake Potts  – Community Engagement Officer

After 3 years representing Stevenage F.C and 5 years of football development and facility management, I joined Cambridge United Foundation in August 2021. Since joining I have always strived to be energetic and enthusiastic in our community work. Much of the work I do is with seniors and youths in the community. This has given me the opportunity to have a deeper impact with participants and bring our communities closer together.



Tyla Joseph  – Community Coach

Concluding my sports coaching and PE studies at university, I joined the Foundation. Joining has allowed me to follow my passion within coaching. Delivering across multiple programs, currently delivering school sport. The Foundation has provided me with excellent experiences within my passion of coaching and developing participants.



Sam Skinner  – Community Coach

After completing an apprenticeship in sports coaching, I joined the foundation in September 2021 to further my learning. I have been coaching in a variety of schools for over 4 years. I also coach in Cambridge United Pre-Academy trying to improve and progress players in their footballing journey.



Jack Brandon  – Community Coach



George Whitehall  – Community Coach

I joined the Foundation in January 2023. Since then, I have worked in multiple schools delivering PE and after school sports clubs, as well as our Premier League Primary Stars programme. I also coach in the Cambridge United Elite and RGC programmes where I specialise in Goalkeeper coaching.



Alex Boyle  – USW Student & Community Coach

With 6 years experience in coaching sports, I am someone with a passion for developing players. Alongside my work as a community coach, I am also entering my final year at university through the USW programme, which has provided fantastic experiences and opportunities within my football journey.



Jack Saunders  – Community Activator Apprentice

After I completed the double sports diploma course at Long Road Sixth Form College, I joined Cambridge United Foundation as a Community Activator Apprentice. I am passionate about sport, specifically football, and want to learn whilst helping others learn and improve.



Dylan Woodley  – Community Activator Apprentice

After one year at college in Level 2 Media, I have joined the Foundation as an apprentice. I have the same passion as the Foundation on the impact of football or sports in general and getting more people involved in physical activity and create a positive environment around it, which can give a place for people in the local community to gain a variety of skills such as confidence and can be treated as a place to socialise with other people. 





From soccer schools to After Schools Clubs, From Multi-sport to Match Day Experiences, OSS activities, built upon a foundation of sport, inclusion, health and education support young people in living healthy active lives.

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