Our Team

Dynamic people who give energy and enthusiasm to the development of cricket.

Steve Silk / Chief Executive Officer

Steve joined the Gloucestershire Cricket Board in 2009 after two years as the Wiltshire Cricket Development Manager and 5 years in Local Authority Sports Development. Since 2009, Steve led the GCB to become incorporated (2010) and now has led the process to becoming a Charity. In this time the team has grown from 2 members of staff to 18 and has seen significant diversification of income, bringing many partners to support the charities great work.

Steve has a relentless drive and determination for continual improvement and supported by a great team, the charity goes from strength to strength. Specifically, Steve manages the managers of the charity, leads on all aspects of finance, governance and strategy, as well as overseeing all facility projects and capital grant projects.

Personally, Steve is an avid all round sports fan (especially for his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers), a husband, a father of two little beauties and a player and volunteer at his local cricket club, Chippenham CC.

Steve Silk / Chief Executive Officer
Chris Munden / Cricket Operations Manager

Chris Munden / Cricket Operations Manager

Chris is the longest standing member of the team, having joined the GCF in 2008 as a Community Coach. Since then, Chris has developed greatly moving on to become a Development Officer, a National Programmes and Project lead and now the manager of the entire delivery team across educational and national programmes.

His role covers a wide range of areas including overseeing all schools cricket, the incredible National Programmes of All Stars and Dynamos, Chance To Shine Schools and Street programmes along with being the key lead for Adult league Cricket. Chris also manages the Workforce Development Officer, as a highly competent coaching workforce is so integral to the work areas that he leads on. In his time the GCF have won awards that he had led on, including Chance to Shine County of the Year and Street Chance Project of the Year.

As a local Bristolian, Chris is a Bristol City fan, who enjoys all sports. Chris is married, has two beautiful daughters, plays local cricket and enjoys a good hack at golf.

Gareth Dawson / Workforce Development Officer

Gareth joined the team in 2016 and progressed into his current role as Workforce Development Officer in 2021. His main roles are being the main point of contact for the ECB on all Coach Development matters and grow the number of active coaches across the County of Gloucestershire.

Additionally, he will support the Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO) in developing an Officials Strategy that aims to grow the number of officials across the game. Increase the number of courses that are available to potential officials and work with GACO to transition volunteers from ‘course takers’ to ‘standing officials’.

Support the Gloucestershire Grounds Association in developing a programme of activity that supports ground staff across each year. Coordinate and manage both national and local Reward and Recognition events for all groups of volunteers. On top of practical delivery in schools, he will work with teachers to enhance their cricket delivery and work with universities/colleges to provide opportunities for students to gain qualifications and coaching experience.

Gareth is a Liverpool FC fan, a big follower of cricket around the world and plays his cricket at Hatherley & Reddings.

Gareth Dawson / Workforce Development Officer
Crispin Shingler / Community Development Manager

Crispin Shingler / Community Development Manager

Cricket has always been a part of Crispin’s life.  Before becoming part of the Gloucestershire Cricket Family, he saw first-hand how engaging in cricket can have a positive impact on people’s lives.

In London, Crispin worked with several charities aiming to transform people’s lives for the better through either cricket or drama.  He delivered a range of programmes to adults, young people, and community groups going into various establishments such as care homes, prisons, and alternative learning providers.

He originally joined the team as the Wicketz Development Officer for Bristol, using cricket as a development tool for young people from low-income households, and has a background in fundraising, with a focus on corporate partnerships.

As Community Development Manager, Crispin’s main responsibility is to grow the GCF community cricket programmes; Wicketz, ACE, disability cricket and walking cricket, while creating and sourcing funding for new fun, inclusive and impactful cricket for good programmes that enhance the lives of people, while bringing communities together throughout Gloucestershire.

Crispin continues to play cricket for his village and leads the club’s youth section.

Laura Charles-Price / head of Women & Girls

Laura’s role is to grow, sustain and support the recreational Women and Girls game across Gloucestershire from All Stars and Dynamos Cricket through to Ladies Soft and Hard Ball.  She supports clubs in ensuring they are creating a welcoming environment for Women and Girls to play recreationally and oversees all Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation leagues from Girls U9 festivals through to working with community programmes to enhance opportunities available to Women and Girls within the leadership and playing of cricket.

In addition, Laura also leads the Girls County Age Group winter and summer Programmes from U11’s through to U18’s and County Women. No day is the same, making each day extremely exciting and rewarding as the Women and Girls game continues to go from strength to strength.

Laura Charles-Price / Women & Girls Development Officer
Theresa Ellison / Administration Officer

Theresa Ellison / Administration Officer

Theresa’s role is to help and support others in the wider Gloucestershire Foundation team to ensure that the Foundation runs effectively and efficiently. Some of the key administrative areas are:

  • Helping to organise and set up the trials, winter nets programme and performance programme for the Girls and Boys Zonal squads
  • Keeping club contact details up to date including checking that each club’s Safeguarding Officer has valid qualifications and initiate and verify DBS applications for club volunteers
  • Administering online bookings including trials, winter nets programmes, Coach Development courses, holiday camps etc
  • Helping with many financial activities by creating invoices, payment of bills, chasing outstanding debtors etc
  • Help to create and run the office side of Coach Development

Theresa acts as the point of contact for many administrative parts of the Foundation.

Sam Emmott / Wicketz Development Manager

Sam joined the GCF as the Wicketz Development Officer in August 2019. Funded by the Lord’s Taverners, Wicketz aims to tackle local issues affecting young people and their communities. Sam has developed the Wicketz programme so much that in 2024 he took on additional full time staff, specifically for the programme, and was promoted to Wicketz Development Manager.

Sam has been responsible for the running of multiple local hubs across Bristol and has worked closely with the young people that come along to the sessions, many of whom are from hard-to-reach groups, including young offenders, refugees and excluded pupils. Sessions, which use a soft ball, currently take place at venues in Southmead, Knowle, Fishponds, Patchway, Hartcliffe, and have most recently opened in Gloucester thanks to Sam’s expansion of the programme. The sessions are open to players of all levels of ability. Alongside cricket coaching and games, the young people taking part have the chance to learn from role models, community leaders, local authorities and others. Specially designed workshops also boost wellbeing, social education, community awareness, promote positive life choices and develop new life skills.

Sam brings a wealth of experience from a diverse background that includes leisure management, personal training and fitness instructing, as well as cricket coaching.

Sam Emmott / Wicketz Development Officer
Theo Gordon / ACE Development Officer

Theo Gordon / ACE Development Officer

Theo is our first ACE Development Officer. ‘ACE’ stands for African Caribbean Engagement; Bristol have been fortunate to be only the third city in the country after London and Birmingham to have the ACE project in its city.

Theo’s role is to set up a school delivery programmes, creating local cricket development hubs and heading up or ACE academy scholarship programme. We will achieve all of this by working within the local community and engaging with children from all backgrounds and ethnicity. ACE will provide children access to free cricket sessions as well as provide educational workshops, training, and job opportunities to the African Caribbean community.

Alongside his community work, Theo is a club development officer, a youth coach, and a player at his local cricket club Golden Hill. He is also a member of the Bristol West Indies Cricket Club management committee, the only black African cricket club in the South West of England. 

In Theo’s words “Fortunately and unfortunately, I support Arsenal”. 

Kieran Slade / Club & Programmes Officer

Kieran was our first ever ‘Apprentice’ to come through the Coach Core programme. Kieran started his course in 2019 and achieved a Triple Distinction, a truly amazing effort.

Kieran impressed us so much throughout his apprenticeship that we took him on as a full time Community Coach. He is extremely hard working, mature beyond his years and a true team player. In this role, Kieran was responsible for delivering coaching sessions in schools across the county, where we deliver our Active Futures programme, Chance to Shine offer, and schools’ competitions.

Kieran’s continues to grow at the GCF, and has more more recently stepped up to the role of Club & Programmes Officer.

Kieran plays his club cricket at Winterbourne CC. He is also a member of the ground staff where he gives up countless hours of his free time to volunteer on the ground.

Kieran Slade / Community Coach
Jeanette Tate / Disability Development Officer

Jeanette Tate / Disability Development Officer

Funded by the Lord’s Taverners, Jeanette’s role is to grow and sustain the offer for young people with a disability to engage in cricket by developing the community based Super 1s Programme. She is working to set up Super 1s and Table Cricket Hubs across the county which aim to provide accessible opportunities to play whilst also using cricket as a tool to develop key life skills. Jeanette also organises competitions, festivals, and social events to further participant development.

You’ll find Jeanette working in schools across the County to provide a sustainable pathway from school to community hubs and providing support to cricket clubs to ensure a welcoming environment for those with disabilities.  Jeanette leads the ECB Disability Champion Club Programme which is designed to make clubs more inclusive and provide a club-based playing offer for people with disabilities.

Furthermore, Jeanette chairs the Disability Development Group and supports and development the County Disability Cricket Programme which includes the soft and hard ball teams.

Jeanette is passionate about her work as every day someone achieves something which she finds rewarding as young people develop friendships, communication and independence overcoming the challenges they have through cricket.

Ollie Forbes / Community Coach

As a Community Coach with the Foundation, Ollie provides community and school-based cricketing opportunities throughout the county. His role is to build on the work started by the ECB National Priority, Engaging Children and Young People, looking to increase the numbers of participation across the country.

You’ll find Ollie in primary and secondary schools delivering programmes such as ‘Chance to Shine’, or in sports centres and clubs, providing coaching sessions, such as ‘All Stars’ and ‘Dynamos’, to the local community. The aim of all the programmes that he is involved with, is to increase the participation at the foundation level, and to give more children the opportunities to experience the fun and excitement around playing cricket.

Ollie’s role also includes running regional competitions, such as the Lady Taverners, Lord’s Taverners, the Women’s indoor league, and the boys indoor/outdoor competitions.

Ollie Forbes / Community Coach
Harry Watts / Club Development Manager

Harry Watts / Club Development Manager

Harry joined the team in August 2022 as our Urban Development Officer and was initially responsible for growing the game of cricket in the urban areas of Bristol and Gloucester. In April 2024, Harry was promoted to Club Development Manager where he now delivers on a number of ECB priority areas including Facility Development, Clubmark, as well as working with Local Authorities on their Playing Pitch Strategies.

In 2018, Harry graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Media & Communications and later gained a PGCE in Primary Education from UWE, having spent multiple years working in primary schools. At his local club, Thornbury CC, Harry supports in different areas, including being an emergency player when required!

Now in his exciting role as Club Development Manager, he is responsible for leading the team of club development staff and working closely with cricket clubs across the county to provide direct support with the aim of creating sustainable clubs for the future.  Furthermore, Harry leads youth competitions and the ECB Clubmark Accreditation and sits on a number of GCF Development Groups and Committees.

As a local Bristolian, Harry is a Bristol Rovers supporter and is a big all-round sports fan.

Becky Armstrong / Community Coach

Becky has coached for several years as a Disability County Coach. Becky has proven herself to be an outstanding coach and we are thrilled that she joined the team in September 2023.

Becky Armstrong
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Charlie Bailey / Community Coach

Charlie joined the team in June 2023 as a community cricket coach. In his role, you’ll see Charlie delivering sessions in schools, running camps, and delivering national programmes. He is also involved with the Women’s Cotswold Hub and the Girls County U11s. Charlie also represents the Gloucestershire DB40 Side, having becoming eligible following a catastrophic knee injury resulting in some nerve complications.

Charlie will be entering his 15th season at his local cricket club, Fairford CC. Over the winter, Charlie keeps himself busy as head coach of the Fairford rugby men’s senior team.

Tom Munson / Community Coach

Tom started with us in September 2023 and has quickly shown his passion for cricket coaching. Tom has grown up playing for Quedgeley & Hardwicke CC where he still represents their third XI.

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Wilf Brooke / Wicketz Development Officer

Wilf became a full-time member of the team in November 2023, joining as our Wicketz Development Officer. Wilf has been involved in the programme since February 2022, having started out as a volunteer whilst at university. He has also coached on other GCF initiatives, including the Zonal and MCC Foundation hubs.

The Wicketz programme offers free weekly cricket sessions throughout the year, and run festivals and residentials during the holidays. In his role, Wilf will be continuing to grow and deliver hubs across Bristol, which currently operate in Southmead, Knowle and Hartcliffe.

Wilf is originally from Lewisham, South East London, and first moved to Bristol to study pharmacology. After finishing his studies he quickly ditched the lab coat and spent a year teaching PE in primary schools across Bristol before joining the team. Wilf plays his cricket at Bedminster CC.

Becca Halliday / Women & Girls Development Officer

Becca joined the team in January 2024. Becca delivers cricket sessions to children of all ages and abilities in primary schools, secondary schools, cricket clubs and community areas and aims to engage and inspire young people to develop a love for sport through cricket. 

Becca has come through the Devon pathway, and now represents the Gloucestershire Women’s team.

Becca Halliday / Women & Girls Development Officer
Team MemberRoleEmailPhone
Steve SilkChief Executivesteve.silk@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07554 452228
Chris MundenOperations Managerchris.munden@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07557 924941
Crispin ShinglerCommunity Development Managercrispin.shingler@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07903 823922
Laura Charles-PriceHead of Women & Girls laura.charles-price@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07554 452226
Harry WattsClub Development Managerharry.watts@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07584 705646
Sam EmmottWicketz Development Managersam.emmott@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07398 211596
Theresa EllisonAdministration Officertheresa.ellison@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07880 387304
Gareth DawsonWorkforce Development Officergareth.dawson@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07554 455738
Jeanette TateDisability Development Officerjeanette.tate@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07432 728926
Theron GordonACE Bristol Development Officertheron.gordon@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07939 143528
Kieran SladeClub & Programmes Officerkieran.slade@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07903 191262
Becca HallidayWomen & Girls Development Officerbecca.halliday@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07903 823923
Wilf BrookeWicketz Development Officerwilf.brooke@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07958 208640
Charlie BaileyCommunity Coachcharlie.bailey@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07880 388998
Ollie ForbesCommunity Coachollie.forbes@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07903 823950
Becky ArmstrongCommunity Coachbecky.armstrong@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07958 208633
Tom MunsonCommunity Coachtom.munson@gloucestershirecricketfoundation.org07958 208621
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