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Flt Lt James Hartley – RAF

UKAFRL Match Official Co-ordinator / UKAFRL Competitions Manager

Flt Lt Jim Hartley is a Weapons Controller at No. 1 Air Control Centre at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. He picked up the whistle aged 17 and, despite a 4-year break whilst at university, has never looked back.

He joined the UKAFRL Match Officials (then Combined Service Referee Society) in 2011 and became the RAF Rep in 2012. Jim became the UKAFRL Match Official Co-ordinator in 2016 and has now picked up the role as UKAFRL Competitions Manager to go alongside.

Highlights include refereeing the RAF Claytons Cup Final in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and being a Touch Judge for Inter Service 1st team games in 2016 and 2018.

In 2018, he was nominated to enter the RFL Graded Official pathway.

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Sgt Dennis Nowell - Army


UKAFRL Match Officials Secretary

Currently work at HQ 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade in Bulford, Dennis’ current job is one of the Brigades Application Specialists, which sees him constantly juggling work life, home life and rugby life all the time.

Den started refereeing Rugby League in 2010 just before his last knee reconstruction (the reason he decided to referee and not play).  His first year saw his first game as Touch Judge in the Lawson Cup Final. Dennis has been active within military and civilian societies for the last 8 years.

Dennis was the Appointments Officer for the society in 2012 and stepped up to Secretary at the start of the 2018 season.

The highlights of his career must be as a Touch Judge during the Forces World Cup in 2013 and refereeing the Royal Navy first team against Gateshead thunder in 2014 at Burnaby Rd.

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Medical Assistant RCDM (MA) Jim Collier – Royal Navy


UKAFRL Match Officials Development Officer


Jim qualified as a Match Official in 2003, refereeing in north west counties U12- U15 as a member of Oldham referee Society.

After joining the military, Jim became a member of CSRLRS in 2009 and began to referee at military fixtures making his Inter Service debut the same season.

After returning from a busy period of deployment, Jim became ever more active within the society in 2012 and was recommended for Grading at the end of the 2015 season.


Since becoming graded Jim has touch judged in the RFL scholarship and academy leagues and made his League 1 touch Judge debut in September 17 before being recommend for Grade 2 TJ.

Jim took over as Development Officer from CPO Phil Rigby at the start of the 2018 season and has hosted courses for new officials as well as organising a development day alongside Southern Society in July this year helping form a partnership to allow both societies to develop their Match Officials.

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Sgt Scott Stanley - Army


UKAFRL Match Officials Appointments Officer


Scott currently works at 102 Battalion REME in N.Ireland as a permanent staff instructor.


He started his referee career in 2016, wanting to give back to the sport he has spent over 20 years playing. 


In his first year, he was Touch Judge for the Lawson Cup Final as well as refereeing a couple of Lawson Cup games alongside many others. Scott has been active within military and civilian societies ever since day one.


Scott was given the Appointments Officer role in 2017 and enjoys his involvement in the process.


Personal highlights include being the referee for the Hull For Heroes charity rugby game involving Rugby League legends and celebrities, along with being Touch Judge for the Inter Services.

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