Committee Members

Somerset Rugby Referee Society is a voluntary not for profit organisation, established in 1889, the society exists to promote the development of referees for rugby at all levels. The society is managed and developed by an executive committee elected from the membership to further the aims and objectives of the society. The current members of the executive committee are set out below. The committee are always interested to hear from anyone in connection with matters relating to the society and rugby in Somerset.

  • Lawrence "Larry" Davies


    Larry honed his second row and number 8 skills at Cotham Grammar School and Old Boys, Bristol Police, Whitehall RFC and Bristol United. A very serious leg injury in 1969 prevented him playing again. Active referee for Somerset from 1981 through to 2011; was Society Chairman in 1990; became Discipline Officer in 2011 and President in 2019.
  • Chris Murphy


    Chris joined the SRRS in 1997 and refereed through to 2012 when injury prevented him from continuing. In 2006 he began to advise referees and has pursued this interest of supporting referee development ever since. In 2018 he was appointed as a match observer to the South West Group and became Society Chairman in the summer of 2020.
  • Dave Lyes

    Honorary Treasurer

    Dave has been a member of SRRS for 10 years and became Treasurer in 2018. Dave played most of his junior rugby in Gloucestershire, firstly as a tighthead prop and then at second row. Have been involved with rugby for more than 40 years as a player, coach, mentor and referee.
    Dave is still an active member of Yeovil Rugby Club.
  • Dave Mealing

    Honorary Secretary

    Dave was an average tighthead in his youth and became a referee in 2016 after a 20 year break from the game. He is an active referee for Somerset and the Royal Navy and became SRRS Secretary in 2019.
  • Reg Lewis

    Vice Chairman & Referee Appointments

    Reg Lewis is a former Somerset Level 6 Referee. His personal knowledge of every club and school as well as his continued involvement in training and development of referees ensures that he is able to make the link of placing the right referee to every fixture throughout the 1200+ games of the season.
  • Rob Owen

    Referee Recruitment
  • Bruce Marshall

    Referee Adviser Development Officer

    Bruce joined Somerset Referee Society from Hertfordshire Society where he remains a Life Member, having spent 27 years in the society. Having initially taken on the role of Chair of Development, Bruce was elected Chairman in 2016 until 2020. Bruce is also a coach with the South West Group and in 2017 was asked to join the SWG executive.
  • Adam Wookey

    Society Training Officer
  • Chris Hoadley

    Chair of Grading
  • Wayne Davis

    Members Representative

    I’d played at The Rec on numerous occasions, but to ref there, kind of filled the last part in my rugby journey. More recently I have taken an active role within the committee, helping with the appointments.

  • Barry Malpass

    Procurement Manager

    An honorary life member of SRRS, former chairman and referee. Barry currently oversees procurement for the Society.