The Foundation Board
JEAN MATTHEWS-GOUGH, MBE
Sir Stan's daughter Jean has always been involved in sport. She began her career by teaching Physical Education at Blackpool Technical College for 5 years before moving to live in South Africa. As a tennis coach she trained and managed at tournaments n SA, the UK and USA. It was during her South African days that her father was coaching in Soweto and Sir Stan’s Men and she was lucky enough to also coach football to youngsters alongside Sir Stan. Since 2001 she has been the Patron of the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation. She was awarded the M.B.E. for services to children in sport in the 2014 Honours List.
Richard is currently Director of Football at Loughborough University, having previously been Head of Talent Identification at The Football Association. Prior to his time at The FA, Richard spent two years as Head of Academy at Queens Park Rangers after having served eight years as Head of Recruitment at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, where he was responsible for identifying and recruiting numerous players who subsequently went on to make first team debuts. Since 2019 Richard has sat on the FA Council to speak on higher education, representing British Universities Colleges Sport
Owner and Director of Sir Stanley Matthews Travel, a bespoke travel company focused on sports and business clubs. The bulk of Matt’s 35 years’ business experience was in IT working for world-leading companies such as Salesforce.com and Cisco Systems.
He is accomplished leader with focus on team-building, customer-service and new business.
Matt is a father of five children and an all round accomplished sportsman, with a love of running, tennis and golf. He enjoys coaching, supporting and encouraging all youngsters to take part and love physical activities.
Bob spent 3 years in RAF Accounts, training other in RAF accounting methods. He then spent 10 years in banking, including teaching Banking Law. From there he moved into computers in the U.K and South Africa. On return to the U.K. he moved into finance and ran seminars on Inheritance Tax. On retiring he served as Treasurer & Company Secretary of the Foundation for 15 years before taking a back seat. He remains an active member of the board.
STANLEY MATTHEWS, JNR
Stanley won Junior Wimbledon in 1962 , and then went on to play on the World tennis tour in 1963 until 1973. He played Davis Cup for Great Britain, with his most famous win against World Number 1 Ilie Nastase. From 1975 until 2017 he was the owner operator of Four Seasons Racquet Club in Connecticut, the largest tennis, sports and fitness club in north east America. Currently he is Executive Producer and a partner for Seven Media, a movie company featuring the Movie ‘’Matthews”. which is the life story of his father, Sir Stan. He is happy to be working with his sister Jean and the rest of the family on the Board of the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation. to continue the work of his father in coaching and mentoring young people.
Director of Finance
Further to her career in various industries including residential property letting, marketing studios management and recruitment, Mandy completed a First Class teaching degree in 2012. She worked for five years in the Special Educational Needs sector for a national charity providing advice and support to parents and professionals working with children with special needs and disabilities. Currently Mandy is focused on The Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation as Head of Finance, and also on her family; husband Stuart and two teenage boys. Their eldest son has autism and attends a special school near their home in Surrey.
Alan Baxter began his career in the Ministry of Defence of the RAF. He then became a Personal Trainer with the Workers Education Association. He coached in the Community for Port Vale F.C. for 10 years and obtained a Teaching Diploma from the Staffordshire University. For 10 years Alan has been a dedicated and inspiring Tutor at the Regent College for young people with learning difficulties. Besides coaching football and tennis for the Foundation at the Sir Stanley Matthews Academy and Florence Tennis Club, Alan is part of the 1st team management at Newcastle Town Football Club. Alan has a Level 3 (UEFA B licence) Football Coaching certificate, and a Level 3 LTA professional Tennis Coaching qualification. He was awarded the title of the Tennis Coach of the year in Staffordshire in 2019.