Coaching Staff

Women's Coaching Staff

Date of Birth

Hope Powell

Hope Powell was appointed Albion’s women’s first-team manager in July 2017 and joined the club with a glittering football CV.

Powell rose to prominence as a coach in the late 1990s, when she was appointed the first ever full-time coach of the England Women’s team in 1998.

She then led the national team to qualification for the 2001 UEFA European Championship finals, and just missed out on leading the team to the semi-finals of the same competition four years later.

The talented coach briefly combined her role as national team coach by taking charge of the under-19s. She guided them to the semi-finals of the UEFA Women’s Championship in 2002 and 2003, and the quarter finals of the inaugural FIFA U19 Championship in 2002.

Her impressive achievements were recognised at Buckingham Palace when she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2002.

Powell led England to a World Cup quarter-final appearance in 2007 - where the team lost to USA - before taking the Lionesses all the way to the European Championship Final in 2009, where they were beaten by Germany.

More personal accolades came her way in 2010, as she was awarded a CBE to add to her OBE.

Another World Cup quarter-final appearance followed in 2011, and England’s progress on the international scene saw them rise to a highest-ever position of sixth in the FIFA rankings.

Powell took charge of Team GB at the London Olympics in 2012, and ensured England’s qualification for yet another major tournament, the European Championship in 2013.

After leaving her job in August of that year, Powell went on to work for the PFA as the organisation’s first female coach educator, to aid the development of future coaches.

The former England coach led Albion to a second-place finish in FA WSL 2 in her first season in charge, and led the club into the revamped FA Women’s Super League.

The Seagulls finished ninth in the FA Women’s Super League in 2018/19, recording victories over Yeovil Town, Liverpool, Birmingham City and West Ham United.

Amy Merricks

Assistant Manager

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Amy Merricks.

Amy Merricks joined Brighton & Hove Albion initially as the development squad coach in July 2015, following a spell at Millwall Lionesses.
She spent one season as a development squad coach, before taking on the role as assistant manager in May 2016, working alongside interim first-manager, George Parris.
Merricks worked with Parris in the build-up to the successful 2016 Women's Premier League Championship Play-off Final victory over Sporting Club Albion, and the subsequent 2017 FA Women's Super League Spring Series.
Following the appointment of Hope Powell as manager in July 2017, Merricks continued as assistant manager and helped lead the club to an impressive second-place finish in the FA Women's Super League 2 in 2017/18.

She continues to work alongside Powell, and helped guide the team in a ninth-place finish in the FAWSL in 2018/19.


Alex Penny

Goalkeeping Coach

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Alex Penny.

Alex Penny joined Brighton & Hove Albion midway through the 2018/19 season as women’s and girls’ lead goalkeeping coach.

A former youth team goalkeeper at Arsenal, Penny’s coaching experience encompasses over 20 years and a wealth of experience across various clubs.

After starting his coaching career at Bristol City working in the Robins’ academy, Alex has gone on to coach at all levels of the game from youth to first team including at Birmingham City, Derby County, Cheltenham Town, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Alex holds the prestigious UEFA A licence in both outfield and goalkeeping alongside the League Managers Association’s business management qualification.


Ivo Miguel

Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Ivo Miguel

Ivo Miguel joined Brighton & Hove Albion as the club's women's and girls' lead strength and conditioning coach ahead of the 2015/16 season.

The Portuguese arrived at the club after a spell at Millwall Lionesses. Previously, Ivo completed a Sports Science BSc, whilst working at Associação Atlética de Avanca, and studieda High Perfomance Sport MSc. In addition, he has gained experience with athletes from FC Porto, Sporting CP and Boavista FC via his own project, Off Season.

Ivo has also completed an internship at Legia Warsaw FC and is a regular attendee to numerous conferences. He has a special interest in youth development, growth and maturation.


Lisa Walsh


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Lisa Walsh

Lisa Walsh joined the club as the women’s and girls’ lead physiotherapist ahead of the 2018/19 season.

She completed a Sports Science MSc in 2008. Following three years of running a personal training and sports massage business and providing fitness instructor training, she qualified with an MSc in Physiotherapy in 2011.

Since qualifying Lisa has worked for both the NHS and in private practice. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience treating back and neck conditions, problematic shoulders, painful knees and ankles. She has a special interest in female ACL injuries.

As a keen sportswoman herself; Lisa has a particular interest in lower limb sports injuries. Her specialist skills & experience resulted in her selection as a Physiotherapist for the World Athletics Championships in London.

In addition, Lisa has gained experience with Charlton Athletic Women’s team, American Football & Rugby teams in the South East of England.

With an interest in improvement and development, Lisa is nearing completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and recently updated her FA trauma first aid qualification (ATMMiF).


Ed Filmer


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Ed Filmer

Ed Filmer arrived at Brighton & Hove Albion as the club's women's and girls' lead performance analyst ahead of the 2017/18 season.
He arrived at the club after completing an undergraduate degree in 2011, and joined Aldershot Town as a coach within their academy.
Filmer moved onto Portsmouth FC Ladies, where he took on the role of first-team coach, before completing a masters degree in Sports Performance Analysis at the University of Chichester, while working as an academy performance analyst with Brighton in 2016/17.
He also holds a full UEFA B licence.