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Regulation No 3. The Arbiters and Coaches Regulations [go to the coaches list]
Made by the Board of English Chess Federation (ECF) 2006 pursuant to Article 82 of the Articles of Association of English Chess Federation (amended November 2015)

3.2 Coaches

(a) The Board shall be responsible on the recommendation of the Director of Junior Chess & Education for the appointment of the ECF Accredited Coaches (collectively or individually referred to as “the Coach(es)”).

(b) No Coach shall be appointed to his or her post unless the Board is satisfied that he or she has previously conducted himself or herself in a manner befitting such appointment and also he or she satisfies all of the following pre-conditions:
(i) Membership of ECF; and
(ii) Completion of an Enhanced DBS check (if eligible) or membership of the DBS Update Service*; and
(iii) The provision of the name of two referees and the receipt of satisfactory references from those referees; and
(iv) Fulfilment of the qualifications to become a Coach current at the time of appointment
(v) Coaches who will be working with children or vulnerable adults are required to disclose whether they have any criminal convictions, cautions, other legal restrictions or pending cases that might affect their suitability to work with children or vulnerable adults as per the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975

(c) All such appointments of the Coaches shall be for a period of three years and may be renewed for successive periods of three years provided that the pre-conditions set out in 2(b) above are satisfied at the time of each such re-appointment.

(d) All such appointments are subject of the right of the Director of Junior Chess & Education to suspend a Coach from entitlement to such appointment or to revoke such appointment at any time for good cause. Good cause shall include but not be limited to:
(i) The Coach ceasing to fulfil any of pre-conditions set out in 2(b) above; or
(ii) Breach by the Coach of the ECF Child Protection Policy current at the relevant time; or
(iii) Failure to perform his or her duties in an impartial and responsible manner; or
(iv) Any conduct likely to injure or discredit the reputation of ECF, its events, organisers, participants or sponsors.

(e) The Director of Junior Chess & Education shall give written notice with grounds to any Coach suspended from entitlement to such appointment and shall give not less than thirty five days written notice with grounds to any Coach whose appointment it is intended to revoke and shall consider any written submissions received from the Coach within that period. If the appointment of the Coach is revoked he or she has a right of appeal to the Board (excluding the Director of Junior Chess & Education). The appeal shall at the option of the Coach be either a written appeal or a personal hearing. The decision of the Board shall be final

* Coaches are advised to join the DBS update service (free for volunteers) as this will mean they will not be required to reapply for their DBS check in subsequent years and it will cover multiple organisations/employers. If a coach applies for an enhanced DBS check without joining the update service they should ensure that it states they will be working/volunteering/coaching for the ECF

ECF Accredited Coaches
ECF Accredited Coaches have fulfilled the following requirements:

1) They are a current member of the DBS update service or hold a satisfactory enhanced DBS certificate. After November 2015 this certificate should specify coaching with the ECF.
2) They have supplied contact details for two professional and character references to the ECF with the references subsequently obtained from the referees being to the ECF’s satisfaction. Coaches are not allowed to provide the references themselves.
3) They have supplied the Manager of Coaching with details of previous coaching or teaching experience and, if applicable, qualifications.
4) They are a current ECF member.
5) They have disclosed whether they have any criminal convictions, cautions, other legal restrictions or pending cases that might affect their suitability to work with children or vulnerable adults as per the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

The process of appointing new ECF accredited coaches is on-going. The most up-to-date list of coaches can be found here, which is updated regularly as more ECF accredited coaches are appointed.
If you wish to become an ECF Accredited coach, or would like further information on becoming an ECF Accredited Coach, please contact Traci Whitfield, ECF Junior Director on or Andrew Davies, ECF Manager of Coaches on – please head your email ‘ECF Accredited Coach’

Abell, Colin
16 Brompton Close, Endon, Stoke on Trent ST9 9HR Tel: 01782 502763

Adams, Phil
11 Huddersfield Road, Delph, Oldham OL3 5EG Tel: 01457 870024 Email:

Adams, Timothy
15 Athol Gardens, West Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 9DN Tel: 0191 2532841 Email:

Ai, Farshad
27A Green Oak Avenue, Totley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S17 4FT Tel: 07725 995 545 Email:

Armstrong, Bill
6 The Heights, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 7LQ Email:

Aslett, Alec
1 Cornbunting Close, College Town, Sandhurst, Berkshire GU47 0XZ
Tel: 07930 605574 Email:

Bailey, Kevin
Parkfield, Jail Lane, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3AX Tel: 01959 570824 Email:

Beckett, Phillip
Brough House, Church Laneham, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 0NQ Tel: 01777 228360 Email:

Bellin, Robert (IM)
32 Station Street, Walsall, West Midlands WS2 9JT Tel: 01922 626624 Email:

Besedin, Pavel
South Birmingham Chess Club, First Floor, Moseley All Service Club, 91 Church Rd, Birmingham, B19 9EA Email: Tel: 0785 804 0841

Bielby, Paul
30 Denham Avenue, Sunderland SR6 8HG Tel: 0191 548 7600 Email:

Blackburn, Jonathan
Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 4NE Email:

Bowers, Francis
62 Pennine Way, Gunthorpe, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE4 7TE Tel: 01733 579569 Email:

Briscoe, Christopher
146 Fangrove Park, Lyne, Chertsey KT16 0BS Email:

Brown, Alan
ChessPoint Services, 52 Great Holme Court, Thorplands, Northampton NN3 8AE Tel: 01604 648287 Email:

Brown, Michael
London Tel: 07597 928016 Email:

Buckley, Graeme (IM)
3 Forge Lane, Sutton, Surrey SM3 8SH Tel: 020 8642 5239 Email:

Bukojemski, Adam
Romford Email:

Burgin, Ryan
Apt 14 Bickerton House, 47 Leppings Lane, Sheffield S6 1SY Tel: 07585 328732
Email: Website:

Butt, Michael
10 Foxhill Close, Greatfield Estate, Hull, East Yorkshire HU9 4LP Tel: 01482 793227 Email:

Ciuksyte, Dagne
Suffolk and Ipswich area

Clissold, Julian
4 Vale Street, Turton Bottoms, Edgworth, Lancashire BL7 0EB Tel: 01204 852036 Email:

Cloudsdale, Peter
8 Beech Glade, Huntington, York, North Yorkshire YO31 9EP Tel: 01904-624958 Email:

Colburn, Paul
29 Blissett Road, Leicester LE3 9HQ Email:

Cooper, Lawrence (IM)

Cooper, Neill
104 Westhall Road, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9HD Tel: 01883 624051 Email: Website:

D’Costa, Lorin (IM)
1 Stakepiece Road, Royston, Herts SG8 9DN Tel: 07745 240000 Email:

Damodaran, Ashok
2 Foxglove Close, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6DJ Tel: 01732 862 399, 079851 75674 Email:

Davies, Andrew
13 Parkes Avenue, Codsall, Wolverhamton WV8 2DX Tel: 01902 845303 Email:

Dickens, Rupert
20 Belmont Grove, London SE13 5DW Email:

Dickerson, Trevor
10 Ridgewell Avenue, Chelmsford CM1 2GA Tel: 01245 697735 Email:

Dilukshan, Manoharan
45 Sussex Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 4LU
Tel : 07960722404 Email :

Dragomir, Ionica
111 Clitterhouse Road, London NW2 1DL Tel: 0208 4584683 Mob: 07760 113132 Email:

Eggleston, David (FM)
60 Hallgarth Street, Durham City DH1 3AY Tel: 07742127679 Email:

Emms, John (GM)
5 Wilson Close, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 9DH Tel: 01732 835323 Mob: 07716 271630 Email:

Flear, Glenn
6 Rue Honore Daumier, Baillargues, 34670, France Tel: 00 33 467 702545 Email:

Forster, Michael (FM)
8 Smithbarn, Horsham, West Sussex, RH136EB Tel: 07511262408 Email:

Freeman, Jon
39 West Way, Harpenden, Herts AL5 4RD Tel: 01582 621927 Email: Website:

Freeman, Scott
84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 3BA Tel: 020 8645 9586 Email: Website:

Friar, James
24 Brook Vale, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1BQ Tel: 01299 401 243 Email:

Gibson, Christopher
8 Crofters Close, East Hunsbury, Northampton NN4 0BJ Tel: 07812 679089 Email:

Gliddon, Daniel
CCF, 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 3BA Tel: 020 8645 0302 Mob: 07563 3328 216 Email:

Graham, Dave
93 Upper Brighton Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 9HZ Tel: 01903 202 029 Email:

Green, Eliot
Mensa Meadowfields, Buerton CW3 0DF Tel: 07816 988146 Email:

Grigoryan, Meri
(spoken languages: English, Russian, Armenian, Danish, Czech, Polish, French)
c/o The ECF Office

Hardy, David
92 Hall Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancs OL6 8QB Tel: 07974 952252 Email:

Hawkins, Jonathan
37 Palmerston Street, Consett, Co. Durham DH8 5RF Tel: 01207 590 246 Email:

Hebden, Mark (GM)
4 Balisfire Grove, Beaumont Leys, Leicester LE4 0LT Tel: 0116 299 6913 Email:

Hegarty, Sarah
77 East Avenue, Heald Green, Cheshire SK8 3BR Tel: 07786 260301 Email:

Holowczak, Alex
Oldbury, West Midlands Tel: 07913 976768 Email:

Houska, Jovanka
c/o the ECF Office Email:

Howell, Chris
2 Reed Drive, Royal Earlswood Park, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6TA Tel: 01737 780899 Email:

Howell, David

Hunt, Adam
30 Khartoum Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 4EX Email:

Hunt, Malcolm
Seven Pillars, Worcester Road, Clent, Worcestershire DY9 0HU Tel: 01562 701156 Mob: 07801253767 Email:

Jackson, Sheila (WGM)
3 Abbey Court, 270 Hale Lane, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 8WG Tel: 020 8238 2804 Mob: 07818 415778

James, Angus
46 The Avenue, Surbiton, Surrey KT5 8JG Email: Tel: 020 8390 4911

Jhooti, Rajinder
57 Orchard Avenue, Bedfont, Middlesex TW14 9RD Tel: 07769 346471 Email:

Jones, Bob
Crofts Place, Little Saxham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5LE Tel: 01284 811555 Email:

Jones, Christopher
5 Hardwicke Lodge, Tennyson Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 4BU Tel: 01903 207982 or 07720813877 Email:

King, Daniel (GM)
28 Royal Road, Teddington, Middx. TW11 0SB Tel/Fax: 020 8404 2600 Email: Website:

Lalic, Susan (IM, WGM)
Surrey and South London Tel: 020 8642 5239 Email:

Ledger, Andrew (IM)
101 Whirlowdale Road, Sheffield S7 2NF Tel: 07807 799252 Email:

Levens, David
76 George Street, Riddings, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 4AU Email:

Mackle, Dominic
2 Bradley Road, Newton Abbott, Devon TQ12 1LT Tel: 01626 356 868 Email:

Makepeace, Phil
Tel: 07735 278511 Email:
Face to face tuition in London and Skype lessons for all

Martin, Andrew (IM)
Malthouse Cottage, Hall Rd, Bramley, Surrey GU50AX Tel: 01483893965 Mobile: 07712151761 Email:

Mason, Don
Mathematics & Chess Consultant, 9 Mallaby Close, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands B90 2PW Email:

McDonald, Neil
Flat 15, Ellerslie Court, Copper Beech Close, Gravesend, Kent DA12 2TN Tel: 01474 369 402 Email:

McKeown, Paul
103 Nield Road, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 1SQ Tel: 020 8756 0474 Mobile: 07833 577 451 Skype/Email:

Messam-Sparks, Lateefah
Email: Tel: 07715 461347

Milner, Robert
411 Cheadle Road, Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 7BH Tel: 01782 550112

Niccoli, Tony
1 Poynings Way, Woodside Park, London N12 7LP Tel: 07734816436 Email:

Norbury, Kenneth
102 Abbeydale Park Rise, Dore, Sheffield S17 3PF Tel: 0771 664 7065 Email:

Pert, Nick (GM)
Fleet Tel: 07786 986 489 Email:

Pert, Richard
Essex Email:

Portman, Carl
Orchard House, Hanwell, Banbury, Oxon OX17 1HN Tel: 01295 738 001 Email:

Ravikumar, Vaidyanathan
2 Manor Court, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2AA Tel: 078 660 21057

Reeve, Andy
8 Berne Close, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire SK7 3DX Tel: 0161 439 2300 Email:

Regis, David
3 Bay Trees, Kennford, Exeter, Devon EX6 7UY Tel: 01392 832530 Email:

Rendle, Thomas
99B Frithville Gardens, London W12 7JQ Email:

Rose, David
5 Manifold Close, Waterhouses, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 3HH Email:

Ruffle, Alan
38 Haling Road, Penkridge, Stafford, Staffordshire ST19 5DA Tel: 01785 711095 Email:

Sayers, Ray
Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire Tel: 07976 641926 Email: Website:

Scott, Ian
Boston, Lincolnshire Email:

Sharples, Harry
Ringleton Gate, Woodnesborough, Sandwich, Kent CT13 0PW Tel: 01304 812985 Email:

Snape, Ian
The Coach House, West Common Road, Keston, Kent BR2 6AJ Tel: 020 8462 7673 Email:

Stewart, Noel M
Chertsey, Surrey Email:

Summerscale, Aaron

Summerscale, Claire

Sutcliffe, Pat
1 Firs Crescent, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG29HT Tel: 01423 439787 Email: Website:

Talbot, Mark
3 Etherley Drive, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside WA12 8NS Email:

Thomas, Nicholas (FM)
1 Williams Road, Radford Semele, Leamington Spa CV31 1UR Tel: 01926 316894 Email:

Ukken, Somton
59 Smith Walk, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 2PL Tel: 01284 731037 Mobile: 07738257442 E-mail:

Upham, John
The Lodge, 51 Prospect Road, Cove, Hampshire GU14 8NT Tel: 01252 514372 Mob: 07976 634053 Email:

Varney, Andrew
Oxford area Tel: 07786 321095 Email:

Wandowicz, Kajetan
Bristol and coaching over the internet Tel: 07771141432 Email: Website:

Weekes, Richard Pittman
Richard Weekes Chess Academy, 65 Burrage Place, Plumstead, London SE18 7BE Tel: 020 8854 8805 Mob: 07538 035896 Email:

Whitfield, Traci
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs Email:

Williams, Simon
Beachcomber, Seale Lane, Seale, Farnham, Surrey GU10 1LF Tel: 01252 783825 Email:

Willmoth, Rob
North London Tel: 07956 297329 Websites:,

Woodhams, Mason
Hastings & St Leonards Chess Club, Pelton House, 2 Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1EB
Email: Websites:;

Wrench, John
11 Western Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY11 6JF
Tel: 01562 636 105 Mobile: 07913 227402 Email:

Zhou, Yang-Fan