The Management of the Club is in the hands of the General Committee who have full powers. The new General Committee was elected at the AGM on Thursday 31 March, 2016.
The Club is an unincorporated entity run by its members for its members. Its governance is encapsulated in its Rules. The Club is governed by the General Committee which is the corporate equivalent of the Board of Directors. As this committee meets six times a year the day-to-day running of the Club is in the hands of the management committee. Four trustees provide a high level advisory role and all the non-working capital assets of the Club are vested in them.
Cricket Secretary - Crispin Lyden-Cowan
I have been a member of TWC since 1983, playing Squash and Cricket. Whilst I envy our Premier 1st XI players skills and fitness, the thrill of crossing the boundary as a player or umpire remains as exciting today as it has ever been.
My ambition for Cricket is to help get our youngsters engaged and passionate about our great sport, and involved in our great club. I am also keen to help retain our reputation as one of the top Cricket clubs in England.
Cricket Representative - David Wills
I have been a member of TWC since the spring of 2007 when I joined the cricket section, having moved to London after finishing university the previous summer. After 8 seasons playing third team cricket (winning the league on 7 occasions during a hugely successful period for the club across all teams) I was promoted to the second team and subsequently took over the 2nd XI captaincy in 2016. Having definitely reached the limits of my own cricketing potential, it is great to see so many of the clubs young players coming through and I am sure many will go on to bigger things in the future!
TWC has always been a very welcoming place and is rightly the envy of all visiting teams. It embraces young and old alike – many retired players regularly turn out to support the next generation and the youth programmes are seeing ever more junior players breaking into senior teams. As an amateur sportsman you could not wish for more from a sports club and it is a great privilege to play my small part in it.
Hockey Chairman - Ben Rea
Ben Rea is a loyal and dedicated member of Wimbledon Hockey Club who played for the 1st XI for many years. Ben has held roles as a secretary, chairman and vice president of the club later becoming involved in the running of the multisport Wimbledon Club.
Ben joined Wimbledon HC in 1952. Played 1st Xl 1957-67. Hon Sec 1960-80, VP 1980, President 2009-2014, Chairman 2014- Hon Sec The Wimbledon Club 1969 -74. VP 1979, President 1990-1995, Trustee 1997-.
Hockey President - Annie Breslin
Annie started playing hockey aged 9. Joined WLHC in 1990 and is still playing (and frequenting the bar). Also known as ‘Bres’, she is a midfielder with a keen eye for the ball and not afraid to go in for a tackle.
Hockey Section Roles: President 2010 – Current, 2a’s & 3’s capt (between 1993 and 2011), Junior Hockey Coach (between 1990 and 1997), Manager for Junior Girls U10/11 (Current)
Squash Honorary Secretary - Jan Comer
Jan is a highly active squash member with ambitions of becoming equally active on the tennis courts. She plays in squash's ladies' first team, the leagues and has a number of Club squash champs trophies - mostly displaying the words 'runner up'. Marketing and communications skills led her to produce the Club's newsletter, the annual report and accounts, the new logos, a squash website, the first email broadcasts and numerous social media posts for squash. Major innovations she's helped to bring include the introduction of the Mycourts booking and the role of squash director.
Instead of putting her feet up she usually prefers them in sports shoes - squash, tennis, golf, skiing, running and cycling.
Jan and husband Mike Bishop live in Wimbledon Village.
Squash Chairman - Tom Goulden
Originally from Liverpool I moved down to London in 2009 and joined TWC as a squash member. I have played squash since the age of 8, immediately becoming addicted to its’ fast pace nature and physical demands. I played county and team squash through my teens which further grew my love for the game. TWC played an important part in me settling in London quickly as I soon met some great people who are now close friends. I enjoy the great standard of sport that is available for members to watch at the club across the different sections and of course enjoy a drink on the famous balcony on a summers evening.
I am always available to receive comments on how we can continue to move our squash section forward to ensure it remains as one of the top sections in London.
My contact details are - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennis Representative - TBC
Tennis Chairman - TBC
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Independant Elected Member - Chris Baker
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Directors of Sport
Each sport has a Director who, in conjuncation with their section Committee, sets the agenda for their sport.
Cricket - Jonathan Speller
Hockey - Simon Organ
Having recently relocated to the UK after a 14 year period coaching and playing at the highest level in South Africa, Belgium and Holland.
Simon has been head coach and assistant coach to men and women in the top leagues of Belgium, the Dutch Hoofdklasse and Dutch Overgangsklasse which has given him world class technical and tactical experience.
As well as the ability to work with players with high individual demands and expectations; these leagues are largely made up of professional and international players, so you have to have strong interpersonal skills as well as a thorough knowledge of the game to be successful.
Aside from his role as a top coach in The Netherlands, Simon has also previously overseen a Hockey section as a Technical Director at HC Klein Zwitserland, responsible for the hockey education plan for the youth (6 year olds to 18).
Simon may be contacted via his email address: email@example.com
Squash - Stacey Ross
I first came to TWC as a professional player for the first team when I was travelling and playing the PSA Pro Tour over 10 years ago, reaching a highest world ranking of 39 . My playing career turned to one of coaching and has more recently evolved into assisting the committee in the development of the section and managing both the senior and junior programmes. The progression has required learning new skills, keeping me challenged and ensuring my daily tasks remain varied and fresh. The targets to which we aspire often originate from the needs and requirements of the members. Regular feedback from those who use the club the most is vital in helping the section deliver what’s needed and making sure we get it right. So should you see me on your travels around the club please do not hesitate to let me know your thoughts on how we can further improve our offering or e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennis - Simon Ainley
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General/Management Committee Members
CHAIRMAN - David Johnson
David first joined the Club as a Squash member in 1973 on moving to Wimbledon after four years in Stockholm where he, variously, learned to speak Swedish, married Charlotta, sailed in the Stockholm archipelago and helped his club win the Swedish National Club Squash Championship.
For the next three years he played first team Surrey Cup squash in the 1st Division, before leaving the country again in 1976 for four years in each of Gothenburg, Brussels and Paris. Returning and rejoining the Club in 1988, he continued to play 1st team squash, although by then in a lower division, followed in time by lower teams, Veterans and Vintage.
Deciding it was time to put something back into sport after having been a member of tennis and squash clubs since teenage years, he was active in running the squash section for several years and assisted with the New Clubhouse project.
Agreeing to become an independent member representative on the General Committee, he became Chariman in 2006.
Still seen weekly on a squash court, he has been known to move around in a fashion to which he refers, misquoting Star Trek, as: it's squash, Jim, but not as we know it.
HONORARY SECRETARY - Richard Holliday
I have been a member of The Wimbledon Club Hockey section since 1969, enjoying my time both on and off the pitch, playing for the first XI, as well as captaining and coaching teams. I have recently taken an active role within the club management as Honorary Secretary and sit on the Management and General Committees. I am passionate about the club and support the hockey teams most weekends. We are hugely fortunate to have such wonderful facilities and I am looking forward being involved in helping the club grow and go from strength to strength. I take a keen interest in drama, music and singing and have been known to take to the stage on a number of occasions.
TREASURER - Tony Hawksley
I became a member of the Club in 1972, primarily to play hockey, when I first came to live in London. I joined the squash and tennis sections shortly thereafter and became a life member in 1974. Since then the Club has been a source of lifelong friendships and has and continues to provide much sporting and social pleasure.
I am a Chartered Accountant and since leaving the profession have been an investment banker, a Pizza Express franchisee and latterly until 2011 the bursar of King's College School, Wimbledon. I currently work part time for a prep school in South Kensington. I am proud to have been elected Honorary Treasurer in February 2017 and will do my best (with the in-house financial team) to provide effective stewardship of the Club's finances.
CLUB DIRECTOR - Clare Wood
I started working at TWC as the Club Director in February 2013, having spent the previous 2 years working for London 2012 delivering the Olympic Tennis and Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis events.
I played professional tennis for 10 years and was ranked number 1 in Great Britain in the 1990’s.
I really enjoy the friendly & relaxed atmosphere at the club and meeting so many interesting members from across all the sections. I live locally and support the club teams in matches whenever I can. I am always happy to receive feedback, comments and suggestions about the club from members. I am continually striving to make this already great club even better!
If you would like to contact me my email address is email@example.com