About Us

Northumberland Badminton Association is run by a voluntary workforce who strive to deliver our visions and values.

The Associations officers are elected every year at the AGM. 

Management Committee

Dennis Gray

President, Chairman & Disciplinary Officer

As Chairman of the Northumberland Badminton Association, Dennis chairs all committee meetings and annual general meetings. He also has oversight of various sub-committees within the association and Performance Centre.

Contact Dennis: chairman@northumberlandbadminton.org

Norma Waterfield


Norma Waterfield, Secretary, is responsible for dealing with all correspondence of the Northumberland Badminton Association. Her role includes preparing documents and producing minutes for annual general meetings and management committee meetings.

Contact Norma: secretary@northumberlandbadminton.org

Julie Brown

Treasurer & Business Co-ordinator

Julie’s role is to ensure that all of the associations bills are paid on time and producing the annual accounts. As well as her role as treasurer, you will find Julie assisting with tournaments, running the Anglo Scottish League events, as well as organising other events for the NBA. In her spare time, Julie plays at Elmfield Badminton Club.

Contact Julie: treasurer@northumberlandbadminton.org

Steve Abbott

Vice Chairman, Competition Co-ordinator & BE General Meetings Delegate

Steve is responsible for the production of the annual tournament and match calendar and the sanctioning of BE tournaments in the county. As well as organising and assisting with tournaments, Steve is Vice President of the NBA, Chairman of selectors for senior county teams and he represents Northumberland in BE general meetings. Steve also sits on the BE competitive play board co-ordinating inter-counties matches.

Contact Steve: vicechairman@northumberlandbadminton.org

Steve Porter

Clubs Co-ordinator

Within his role, Steve acts as the point of contact for all clubs in Northumberland. Additionally, he runs the NBA Graded Tournaments, as well as acting as secretary at senior BE tournaments in Northumberland. In his spare time, Steve plays at St Gabriel’s Badminton Club.

Contact Steve: clubscoordinator@northumberlandbadminton.org

Martin Fagan

Junior County Co-ordinator & Performance Coaching Co-ordinator

Martin, a Level 3 qualified coach, is the NBA Performance Centre’s Head Coach, as well as being a senior county selector. Within his role, he co-ordinates coaching for all four of Northumberland’s junior performance squads. Martin is also responsible for all junior fixtures and team selection. Outside of his role at NBA, Martin coaches all age groups across the county. In his spare time, Martin plays at Telecom Badminton Club.

Contact Martin: performancecoaching@northumberlandbadminton.org

Karen Davison

Schools Coaching Co-ordinator

As Schools Coaching Co-ordinator, Karen keeps in contact with schools in the county and delivers coaching to children of all ages, as well as running festivals. Alongside this, she works closely with Martin within the Performance Centre as coach and county squad selection. Outside of her role, she is part of Morpeth Riverside Badminton Club where she looks after junior and senior squads.

Contact Karen: schoolscoaching@northumberlandbadminton.org

Alison Thompson

Leagues Secretary

As Leagues Secretary, Alison is responsible for the co-ordination of league results and tables throughout the season, as well as ensuring compliance with the league rules. On top of her main responsibilities, Alison is a senior county selector. In her spare time, Alison plays at Elmfield Badminton Club, where she is also Secretary.

Contact Alison: leaguesecretary@northumberlandbadminton.org

Sarah Burtenshaw

Safeguarding and Welfare Officer

Within her role, Sarah deals with all safeguarding and welfare issues. If you need to complete a DBS application, contact Sarah is she is a document verifier. Using her Level 2 coaching qualification, Sarah helps deliver coaching activity across the county, as well as at Tyneside Badminton Centre, where she is Assistant Manager & Tournament Lead. In her spare time, Sarah plays at St Gabriel’s Badminton Club.

Contact Sarah: safeguarding@northumberlandbadminton.org

Committee Members

Ryan Jelley


Holly Robson

BE Volunteer Manager


Amy Kirsopp

Tyneside Badminton Centre Representative


Elizabeth Alam

Co-opted Committee Member

Honorary Vice Presidents

Steve Abbott, Norma Waterfield, Bob Pearson & Ian Ferguson


Business, Senior Competitive Play, Junior Competitive Play, Clubs & Tyneside Badminton Centre Partnership Committee