In addition to our UK stable of FA Registered Intermediaries, a worldwide network of contacts and partners ensures that no matter where you are, your career is taken care of, both on and off the pitch.

With an industry leading team of experienced Intermediaries, consultants and dedicated client management staff, we ensure that we can act upon your needs to secure the very best for you.

We provide the highest quality agency service in the most honest and correct manner, in order to maximise your earning potential throughout your playing career and beyond.

Leon Angel
Chairman & Registered Intermediary

One of the first agents in the UK to be licensed by the FA, Leon is also a Chartered Accountant as well as the Chairman of Base. His financial expertise as an accountant translates easily into the football world where figures and contracts are a key element of a player’s professional life.

Frank Trimboli
Managing Director & Registered Intermediary

Frank previously worked in Finance before becoming an agent. He is also bilingual, speaking fluent Italian. He brings to Base a plethora of contacts and combined with his background in Finance Frank heads up the Base team as Managing Director.

Virginia Dunne
Operations Director

Virginia has been with Base since 2002 supervising all the contractual administration and liaising with the clubs and the Football Association. Virginia manages the office as well as the team at Base.

Ben Haworth
Chief Operating Officer

Ben is a former professional footballer who played on four continents. He was Head of Sport for a national law firm before running New Balance’s global football business. Ben brings to Base a unique blend of sports business experience, from the dressing room to the board room, crossing into sports law, marketing and business investment.

Doron Salomon
Business Operations Manager

Doron permanently joined the team in 2015 having been working with Base for the previous 3 years. He comes from a background in digital and social media and today supports both Base’s clients and intermediaries in different areas of the business to ensure the various teams coordinate and communicate with one another.

Lee Robinson
Head of Recruitment & Registered Intermediary

Lee joined the company having been Academy Director at Cardiff City FC and Head of Sports Science at West Bromwich Albion FC. A former Physical Education teacher, Lee holds a Sports Science and Human Movement degree, Post Graduate certificate in Education, UEFA A Coaching Licence and Academy Managers Licence.

Mark Rankine
Director & Registered Intermediary

Mark joined Base Soccer in 2006 after retiring from Professional Football. He was a stalwart at Preston North End from 1996 to 2003, and made a total of over 700 league and cup appearances during his long career. Mark brings a wealth of experience to our team and has been involved in record-breaking transfers.

David Hunt
Talent Identification Manager

With 15 years’ experience at the forefront of Talent Identification, Recruitment & Development, Dave has played an integral role in the development of several elite footballers. With a passionate belief in the nurturing of all aspects of a player and person, Dave leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of success for all those he works with.

Wayne Robinson
Recruitment Coordinator

Wayne has worked in football scouting and recruitment for 14 years at Tottenham and The FA. He specialises in the identification of young players across southern England and Europe, and brings years of know-how and ideas to Base.

Charlie Anderson
Registered Intermediary

Having been forced to retire from semi-professional football aged 24, Charlie moved into talent identification for a football agency. After three years he joined Base in early 2019 to manage and recruit both senior and youth players in the North of England. Charlie is also the son of former England international, Viv Anderson MBE.

Christian Emile
Registered Intermediary, Head of Middle East & North Africa

After graduating from the London School of Economics (LSE) with Honours, Christian ran his own successful agency representing several international players and brokering deals across Europe before joining Base Soccer. Christian brings with him a quality network of international contacts and speaks Arabic fluently as well as French at an intermediate level.

Zouhair Essikal
Registered Intermediary

A former professional player and owner of an MBA from the Warwick Business School, Zouhair heads Base Soccer in Belgium. He speaks five languages and along with his team he covers the youth and senior market in Belgium, managing some of the best talents in the country.

Paolo Figura
Registered Intermediary

Paolo was first licensed in Italy as an intermediary in 2013 and joined Base Soccer in 2016. He speaks Italian and English and specialises in identifying top young talents in Africa. He’s based in Rome and mostly deals with the recruitment of young players.

Elliott Fillingham
Registered Intermediary

Elliott joined the Base Soccer team in early 2018 having spent the previous five years working in talent management at other sports agencies. With a degree in International Business and Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Elliott offers Base a sophisticated network of contacts with a proven track record of recruiting and managing the best young players in Scotland.

Vincenzo Grella
Registered Intermediary

Vince is a former Australian international, who has played in two World Cups and plied his trade in Serie A and the Premier League. Based in Florence, Vince focuses on Australian nationals playing in Australia and throughout the world.

Fitz Hall
Registered Intermediary

Following retirement from professional football after a 14 year career, Fitz joined Base to focus on the identification and development of young talent. With the experience of playing at seven Premiership and Championship clubs and captaining Crystal Palace at the age of 23, Fitz has valuable knowledge and understanding of what it takes to succeed in the modern game.

Ben Harding
Registered Intermediary

After 12 years working for Nike UK/IRE in football Ben joined Base Soccer in April 2018. At Nike Ben focussed on building and maintaining relationships with the FA, multiple Premier League and Football League clubs, and other strategic partners. Having worked for one of the biggest football brands in world football, Ben has a wealth of experience from all levels within the game.

Georgie Hodge
Head of Women’s Football

Georgie joined Base during an exciting time for the lucrative women’s football market. She has previous experience managing high profile athletes and has a particular focus on digital and commercial opportunities for her clients. Having played football she has first-hand experience of the game and has many valuable connections within the sport.

Stephen Hughes
Registered Intermediary

A part of Base since 1998, Stephen has strong links with the Northern Ireland National Team. He previously worked as a scout for Carlisle and assisted Terry Venables in setting up his Soccer camps in the UK and America. Based in the North of England, he brings a set of valuable contacts to complement the rest of the team.

Federico Massai
Registered Intermediary

Federico was originally licensed in Italy in 1998. He speaks Italian, Spanish and English. Federico joined Base in 2005 and was based in Barcelona for 10 years before moving to Madrid. Federico works all around Europe and has extensive contacts.

Anthony McFarlane
Registered Intermediary

Anthony’s promising career as a player after seven years at West Ham was cut short following a serious injury in 1998. Undeterred, Anthony’s ability to translate what he learned as a player on the field to his current role managing players has been invaluable.

Joel Pannick
Registered Intermediary

Joel joined Base in November 2009, primarily to assist with matters relating to an increasingly expanding South American department. Joel previously spent time living in Buenos Aires to study Spanish and studied Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro before returning to the UK to join the company. Today he spearheads the company's expansion into East Asia.

Daniel Philpott
Registered Intermediary

Danny went to the U.S. on a soccer scholarship, graduating with a Sport Science degree. He has since held a number of high profile positions in UK football at organisations including the FA, adidas, Everton and Sunderland. With a strong commercial background specialising in youth recruitment he has a reputation for developing some of the country’s best young talent.

Gary Porter
Registered Intermediary

Gary played for Watford FC for 15 years, attaining 12 England U21 caps before retiring in 1999. Gary brings to the team an unrivalled level of knowledge “from the inside”.

Davide Salerno
Registered Intermediary

A graduate in economics and marketing with a masters in sports management, Davide was first licensed as an intermediary in 2013. He speaks Italian, English and Spanish and has lived in Serbia and Croatia. Today he’s based in Milan dealing with the recruitment of young players in Italy and Europe and has a strong contact list in the The Balkans.

Sakis Tzikas
Registered Intermediary

After playing at Greek club PAOK FC, Sakis moved to the UK in 1995 to study Sports Sciences and Business Studies at Brunel University, gaining a BSC (Hons). He is a qualified football coach and speaks fluent Greek, English and basic Spanish. Sakis brings a global set of contacts to our team.

Sandor Varga
Registered Intermediary

Sandor has held various roles in sport from Assistant Manager of International football teams to sitting on the committee of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow. He holds a diploma in football coaching and helped set up European coaches licensing system. He joined Base in 2016 bringing with him extensive contacts and relationships from around the world of football.

Eric Walters
Registered Intermediary

Eric played for three years with Watford and Leyton Orient. He then worked for nine years in the industry before joining the team at Base, bringing with him his network of contacts and keen eye for spotting young talent.

Brad Warner
Registered Intermediary

Brad joined the Base Team in 2004. His background in business brought him into football where he worked for another major London based agency for two years before joining Base.

Matt Warner
Registered Intermediary

Matt Joined Base in 2013 after spending seven years at Tottenham Hotspur. Matt focuses on the management and recruitment of youth players in the south of England.

Rhys Williams
Registered Intermediary

Rhys’ background in employment law, contract drafting and negotiation led Rhys into the football industry. He works closely with Lee Robinson in the identification, recruitment and management of young players in Wales, the South West and Midlands for Base.

Aaron Afriyie
Football Consultant

Aaron played semi-professional football before moving into player management at a talent agency. He joined Base in September 2018 and works with the London-based team helping to recruit and retain the best young players.

Ross Bell
Football Consultant

After studying Sports Management whilst on a golf scholarship in Arizona, Ross went on to play the sport professionally for three years, including representing his country. Ross has a passion for sport and great understanding of what today’s top athletes need in place to reach the highest level. Ross is responsible for recruitment and the development of young players in Scotland.

Fabrice Dasilva
Football Consultant

Fabrice studied Sports Development and Exercise Science at university and played semi-professional football before joining Base. He helps identify and recruit top youth talents in the South of England and enjoys helping to mentor young players.

Daniel Herrera
Football Consultant

Daniel joined Base from a prominent position in Uruguayan Sport. He coached the senior Men’s Rugby Union national team for eight years, participating in two World Cups. His background as a lawyer and strong relationships with the main club presidents in Uruguayan football have become a vital asset to Base’s business in South America.

Anthony Lennon
Football Consultant

Former Manchester United Youth player and Young Professional with Leeds United, Anthony brings a great footballing knowledge to the team. Anthony is also a UEFA ‘B’ qualified coach.

Doug Livermore
Football Consultant

After playing professional football for Liverpool, Norwich, Cardiff and Chester, Doug coached and managed at Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Norwich, Cardiff, Swansea and the Wales National Team. He brings a wealth of footballing experience, knowledge and contacts to the team.

Lee Naylor
Football Consultant

Having made over 500 appearances in his career, playing Champions League football against the likes of Barcelona and AC Milan, Lee brings a wealth of experience in the current game. Lee also holds a UEFA B Licence.

Luca Pagani
Football Consultant

Luca joined Base at the beginning of 2006 coming from a background of sports insurance and private banking. He brings many contacts for scouting and selecting talent in Africa. Luca speaks fluent Italian, English and basic French.

Stephen Pearson
Football Consultant

Stephen joined Base in 2017 having retired from professional football. His career spanned 18 years during which time he won the Scottish League title, was capped by Scotland and played for clubs such as Celtic, Derby County, Motherwell and Bristol City. Stephen also holds a UEFA A-license and today helps guide young players on their footballing journey.

Michael Rankine
Registered Intermediary

After a 15 year career playing professional football, Michael Joined Base in late 2018 following his retirement from the game. Based in Yorkshire, he helps recruit, manage and guide young professional footballers with a particular emphasis on helping players transition from non-league to professional football.

Marcos Serioux
Registered Intermediary

Marcos joined Base in 2009 having previously worked for Toronto FC in the MLS. Marcos identifies young players in the CONCACAF regions while working closely with a number of Major League Soccer clubs.

Brad Rusin
Football Consultant

After 10 years of playing professionally in the US and Denmark, Brad joined Base in 2019 to strengthen ties with MLS and USL clubs and also identify and recruit top young American talents to bring to Europe.

Hugo Soares
Football Consultant

Hugo's passionate about football and specialises on talent finding in expanding markets. He joined Base in 2018 and works as a scout to help with the recruitment of young players specifically in Portugal.

Andy Strong
Football Consultant

Andy’s main role is spotting young talent from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He has developed extensive contacts at various clubs within Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and more recently, has been assisting with placing players at English Football League and Scottish clubs.

Riichi Yokoo
Football Consultant

Riichi was first introduced to Base in 2011 and now has more than 5 years’ experience working with Japanese players across Europe, North America and Japan. Riichi divides his time between London and Tokyo and is available for any assistance that our Japanese clients require.

Sam Chan

Sam joined the team in March 2016 bringing with him a vast amount of experience having worked with small to medium sized businesses for over 30 years. With his knowledge in accounting, Sam significantly strengthens our Finance Team.

Grace Halls
Accounts Assistant

Grace previously worked for a chartered accountant for 4 years, initially working in the business support team before moving into the in-house accounts team. She joined Base in May 2018 to assist in the accounts team.

Melvin Chalobah
Business Development, Africa

Melvin joined Base in 2017 to grow Base's presence and network in Africa. He grew up in both the Côte d’Ivoire and the UK and is fluent in French and English. He graduated from Liverpool University and comes from a background in Business Analysis and Customer Relationship Management.

Andreas Olymbios
Senior Digital Designer

Andreas is a multidisciplinary visual designer with a Bachelor and a Masters degrees focused in Digital and Visual Communications and Design for Advertising. He is experienced with strong print and digital design skills and joined the team at Base having previously worked at The FA on highly exposed projects for England and Wembley Stadium.

Harry Spratley
Recruitment Analyst

After graduating from Bournemouth University, Harry worked at Swansea and West Ham United in their Academies before joining Base in 2018. Harry provides performance analysis for our clients while also working as part of the player recruitment team.

Aimée Donlon

Aimee joined Base in early 2017 having previously worked in hospitality looking after VIPs ranging from athletes to members of some of the world’s Royal Families. She assists in the running of Base’s London office as well as being on hand to support our intermediaries.

Jess Dyer

Jess joined Base in May 2018 coming from a background in PA-work and marketing. In her most recent position at a property company she was marketing the estate’s 13.8 acres in the West End, as well as supporting both a Director and two managers with PA related duties. She assists in the running of Base’s London office as well as being on hand to support our intermediaries.

Lauren Seymour

Lauren has experience of working on three different continents in customer service and PA work. She joined Base in 2018 to help support the Intermediaries with their day-to-day needs and act as a PA for the Directors.

Remi Webster
Client Services

Remi joined Base in 2017 from a background in management and PA work. She has previously worked in hospitality and has a wealth of experience in customer services. Remi works alongside the intermediaries at Base’s London office dealing with the day to day requirements of our clients.