Meet the Team
Joyce Cook, OBE
Managing Director, Company Secretary and Trustee
Joyce Cook is the founding and Managing Director of the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) and Chair of Level Playing Field, CAFE’s sister organisation in England and Wales.
Joyce is also a member of the Football Association's Inclusivity Advisory Board, and a Board Member of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority.
Furthermore, Joyce is a board member at Fare (Football Against Racism in Europe) and a Director of Women in Football. She is an expert on accessible stadia and the built environment for sporting events and provides specialist advice to UEFA and FIFA, and is the author of the UEFA and CAFE Good Practice Guide to Creating an Accessible Stadium and Matchday Experience – Access for All. Joyce is also a graduate of UEFA’s Women in Football Leadership programme 2014 and is now a mentor on the programme.
Joyce was a member of the London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority's Built Environment Access Panel and a consultant to LOCOG. She is also an expert advisor to EPAS, the Council of Europe and its Disability Committees on Sport and Women and Girls.
In 2012 Joyce was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to disabled football supporters in the UK. Joyce is based in our London Head Office and oversees the day-to-day running of CAFE.
Senior Manager, Fans Liaisons and Project Development
Joanna joined CAFE in November 2014 and is our Fan Liaison and Development Manager.
She is fluent in French and Portuguese and has recently finished a masters degree at the King’s College London Brazil Institute. Joanna has skills in project coordination, working with French and Portuguese clients and also brings knowledge from having worked and volunteered for a number of organisations such as Emmaüs France, and their partner organisation in Burkina Faso, with the Brazilian Paralympic Team and with ReachOut in London.
Jo will use her experience of academic research to work with disabled fans with the aim of bringing greater understanding of the challenges and barriers they face and identifying where and how CAFE can offer further support.
Media and Communications Manager
Mike joined the CAFE team after graduating, with honours, with a Law degree from the University of Liverpool. Originally, Mike shared his time between CAFE and our sister organisation Level Playing Field, where he worked as Development Administrator. Mike has previously worked as a Data Analyst for Everton Football Club’s Academy, where he was able to gain a real understanding of working in a football environment and the behind-the-scenes work of an English Premier League club. Mike has spent time working in the Liverpool Law Clinic, acting as an advisor to clients with legal concerns. Furthermore, Mike has also been a Trustee of Level Playing Field.
Mike brings an extensive knowledge of the football industry to the team – he has played for and captained teams ever since a young age, and has followed his side across the country and Europe as a supporter. Mike also possesses several youth football coaching qualifications. Mike is a keen cricket player and fan, and takes an interest in various other sports.
As CAFE’s Media and Communications Manager, Mike is based in our UK offices and is responsible for CAFE social media and communications. Mike also maintains the CAFE website, collates articles for the newsletters and works closely with the rest of the team.
Project and Administration Support
Amy joined the team in February 2016 after previously being a member of the CAFE Advisory Group.
Amy is a disabled football fan, and has been attending home and away matches for over 20 years.
Amy has many experiences to share of attending live matches as a disabled fan, and has travelled across Europe to watch live matches on a number of occasions. In addition to her user-led knowledge as a football fan, Amy is also an experienced administrator.
Project Co-ordinator - France
David is Vice-Chairman of the DSA for Olympique Marseille FC (363 season ticket holders, making it the largest association of its kind in France). In his capacity of Vice-Chairman, David organises all aspects of enabling disabled fans to support Olympique Marseille at both home and away matches. His work includes liaising and negotiating with the club, coordinating volunteers on match days and providing support services to disabled fans. David works closely with Olympique Marseille in order to improve access for disabled fans and enhance their match day experience.
A life-long supporter of Olympique Marseille, David is a big football fan and enjoys watching any match, from his son’s under 11 team to Barcelona or Arsenal! David is delighted to have the opportunity to put this experience to further good use as part of the CAFE team: developing DSAs similar to the HandiFan Club Olympique Marseille across France and creating a French national federation of disabled supporters.
David joins the CAFE team on a part-time basis as a Project Co-ordinator in France
Rosie has many years of banking experience and is currently the Head of Credit for M&S Money, UK. She has a degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Exeter University, and has previously worked as a statistician within the Health Service. Rosie is a keen football fan, travelling extensively across the world.
Rosie acts as CAFE’s volunteer Book-keeper.