About Us

Meet the team

Our team brings together a diverse range of talents and qualities. From dedicated enthusiasts to high-profile Paralympians, they all have one thing in common: a belief in the power of tennis to transform lives.

Geoff Newton

Geoff Newton

Executive Director

Joanna Farquharson

Joanna Farquharson

Deputy Executive Director and Company Secretary

Geraint Richards

Geraint Richards

Head of Disability Player Performance

Holly Hamilton

Holly Hamilton

Head of Communications and Marketing

Mike Bain

Mike Bain

Director of Community Tennis

Tom Gibbins

Tom Gibbins

Head of Education

Ben Thatcher

Ben Thatcher

Monitoring and Insight Manager

Chris Sawyer

Chris Sawyer

Fundraising Manager

Emma Turgoose

Emma Turgoose

PA to Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director

Mike Bain

Mike Bain

Director of Community Tennis

Community
Scott Reid

Scott Reid

Community Indoor Tennis Centre Manager

Community
Sarah Owens

Sarah Owens

Operations Manager

Community
Kiran Matharu

Kiran Matharu

Community Projects Administrator

Community
Kirsty Thomson

Kirsty Thomson

Disability Tournament Director

Competitions
Liz Terry

Liz Terry

Disability Competitions Manager

Competitions
Jill Osleger

Jill Osleger

Disability Development Manager

Development
David Hardman

David Hardman

Disability Tennis Development Manager South Region

Development
Sadie Moran

Sadie Moran

Disability Tennis Development Manager South West

Development
Sam Perks

Sam Perks

Disability Development Coordinator

Development
Tom Gibbins

Tom Gibbins

Head of Education

Education
Matt Elkington

Matt Elkington

Disability Development Manager North & Midlands

Development
Alistair Higham

Alistair Higham

Higher Education Manager

Education
Christine Sprowell

Christine Sprowell

Schools Manager

Education
Paul Cummins

Paul Cummins

Further Education and Projects Manager

Education
Katie Evans

Katie Evans

Education Administrator

Education
Ali Cope

Ali Cope

Regional Tennis Education Officer

Education
Andy Trott

Andy Trott

Regional Tennis Education Officer

Education
Michelle Grey

Michelle Grey

Regional Tennis Education Officer

Education
Laura Lattimore

Laura Lattimore

Regional Tennis Education Officer

Education
Holly Hamilton

Holly Hamilton

Head of Communications and Marketing

Marketing & Communications
Amy Platt

Amy Platt

Marketing Manager

Marketing & Communications
Bethany Shine

Bethany Shine

Communications Assistant

Marketing & Communications
Geraint Richards

Geraint Richards

Head of Disability Player Performance

Performance
Adam Snook

Adam Snook

Performance Analyst

Performance
Ash Smith

Ash Smith

Performance Development Coach

Performance
Karen Ross

Karen Ross

Head of Coaching and Talent

Performance
Cain Berry

Cain Berry

Performance Support Manager

Performance
Catherine Fletcher

Catherine Fletcher

National Deaf Coach

Performance
Martyn Whait

Martyn Whait

Disability Analyst Coach

Performance
Stuart Wilkinson

Stuart Wilkinson

Lead Programme Coach

Performance
Chantal Toussaint

Chantal Toussaint

Operations Manager

Performance
Jessica Lott

Jessica Lott

Operations Administrator

Performance
Janet Raven

Janet Raven

Welfare Supervisor

Performance
Sir Geoffrey Cass (President)

Sir Geoffrey Cass (President)

President

A past President of the LTA (from 1997-99) and currently an LTA Councillor, Sir Geoffrey was Chairman of the British Tennis Foundation from 2003 until 2007, becoming President of the re-launched Tennis Foundation in 2008.  A Wimbledon Championships player in 1954/55/56/59, and British Veterans’ Singles Champion at Wimbledon in 1978, Sir Geoffrey was a member of the Wimbledon Championships Management Committee for 12 years and Chairman of the Championships Finance Committee.

Jonathan Lane OBE (Chairman)

Jonathan Lane OBE (Chairman)

Chairman

Jonathan is Chairman of Shaftesbury PLC having been its co-founder and Chief Executive between 1986 and 2011. He is also Chairman of Easy Hotel PLC and a Council member of the Royal Theatrical Support Trust. His other voluntary roles include being Chairman of the University of Oxford’s Oriel College Property Panel and he is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Jonathan was previously Deputy Chairman of the Theatre’s Trust and The Crafts Council, as well as a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Funke Awoderu

Funke Awoderu

Trustee

Funke is currently the strategic lead for The Football Association on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Funke previously held national roles for the LTA managing the network of City Tennis Clubs primarily in urban deprived areas in England. Funke is currently an LTA Councillor, nominated by the Tennis Foundation.

Martin Corrie

Martin Corrie

Trustee

Martin has been a member of the LTA Council since 2003, representing Hertfordshire. He was elected Deputy President of the LTA in 2013, having previously been Chairman of the Tennis Performance Committee until the end of 2012. Martin was elected to the Board of Tennis Europe in 2014 and currently serves as Honorary Treasurer. In 2015 he was elected to the Board of the ITF where he serves as Chairman of the Wheelchair Tennis Committee and Technical Commission.

Baroness Ford

Baroness Ford

Trustee

Baroness Ford is the Chairman of STV Group Plc and a Non-Executive Director of Grainger Plc, SEGRO Plc and Taylor Wimpey Plc. From 2009-12, she chaired the Olympic Park Legacy Company, which successfully master planned the Olympic Park post-Games. She is an Honorary Professor of Real Estate at Glasgow University and an Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. In 2006 Margaret was elevated to the Peerage as Baroness Ford of Cunninghame.

Nick Fuller MBE

Nick Fuller MBE

Trustee

Nick Fuller MBE is Executive Chairman of EdComs, an award-winning educational research, publishing and communications company. Between 2007 and 2012, Nick was seconded from EdComs to work as the Head of Education for the London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Nick is an Expert Advisor on education for the IOC, Chair of the IPC’s Education Board, and a Governor of Middlesex University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE

Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE

Trustee

One of Britain’s greatest athletes winning 16 Paralympic medals, Tanni still plays an active role in the administration of sport. As well as sitting in the House of Lords, she is the Vice-President of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women’s Sport and Fitness and a member of the Board of the London Marathon. She also sits on the board of Transport for London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and is Chair of UK Active.

Ian Hewitt

Ian Hewitt

Trustee

Ian Hewitt was a partner in a leading international firm of lawyers for more than 25 years. He sits on the Committee of Management of the Wimbledon Championships. He is a member of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and is chairman of the Club’s Wimbledon Foundation.

Barry Horne

Barry Horne

Trustee

Barry is currently the Chief Executive of the English Federation of Disability Sport, having been appointed in May 2010. Barry is an LTA Councillor, nominated by the Tennis Foundation, representing disability tennis. He has worked in a range of roles including as Chief Executive of the East Midlands Regional Assembly and Regional Local Government Association.

Baroness Jowell DBE

Baroness Jowell DBE

Trustee

Tessa was an MP from 1992 until 2015 and served as a Minister and then as a Member of the Cabinet throughout the 1997-2010 Labour Government. As Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa is credited with bringing the Government behind London’s bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She became Olympics Minister in 2005. In 2012 Tessa was made a Dame for her political and charitable services. In 2015, Tessa was raised to the peerage as Baroness Jowell.

Karen Keohane

Karen Keohane

Trustee

Karen has over 25 years’ experience working in sports participation and is currently the Director of the Doorstep Sport Club Programme for the StreetGames UK charity. Prior to this Karen held roles at Sport England and she set up and led the Active Women Consortium which ran the award winning ‘Us Girls’ programme. Karen is an LTA Councillor representing the community tennis sector.

Cynthia Muller (Honorary Treasurer)

Cynthia Muller (Honorary Treasurer)

Trustee

Cynthia joined the Tennis Foundation Board of Trustees in 2015. With 30 years of financial markets experience at JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, she is a London based Investment Advisor to Foundations, Family Offices and Pension funds based primarily in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece and the Middle East. She is also a Partner and Head of the Wealth Division at Cheyne Capital, London.

Matt Stocks

Matt Stocks

Trustee

Matt is currently a Development Manager for the Greater Manchester Sports Partnership. He has been involved in tennis for over 25 years and experienced all levels of the game having been a full-time player, coach, administrator and volunteer. Matt is an LTA Councillor, nominated by the Tennis Foundation, representing the Education sector.