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 Chairman - Neil Turk
(Details to follow)
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 - email@example.com
Tennis Representative - Mandy Skinner
(Details to follow)
Tennis Chairman - Paul Riley
Paul has been a member of The Wimbledon Club for over 10 years and is dedicated to improving the tennis section for members of all ages and abilities. He is also passionate about the role The Wimbledon Club can play in supporting the growth and development of the sport in the local community. A former Cambridge University and Wimbledon Club first team captain, he worked as a hospital doctor in South London for 5 years before retraining as a GP and currently works in an inner city practice in South East London.
Independant Elected Member - Chris Baker
(Details to follow)
Directors of Sport
Each sport has a Director who, in conjuncation with their section Committee, sets the agenda for their sport.
Cricket - Matt Spriegel
Matt retired from professional cricket in 2014 after a 9 year career with Surrey and Northamptonshire. During that time he won two trophies, including hitting the winning runs for Surrey at Lords in the CB40 triuimph in 2011. He is an ECB level 3 qualified coach and graduated with a 2:1 in Sport & Exercise Sciences from Loughborough University.
He joined TWC in January 2015 and manages both the junior and senior coaching program.
Hockey - Ben Marsden
Ben Marsden (Director of Hockey) – I started working at TWC as Director of Hockey in July 2008 following my retirement from international hockey, just one month after I played in the Beijing Olympics. In total I enjoyed 5 years playing world class hockey representing England and GB. I have always coached and I have a passion for working with people and helping them to achieve their goals. Thanks to the support of TWC the hockey section is growing fast. Now the second largest, we hope one day to be the most successful hockey club in the country. We feel proud to be part of a multi sports club with such a fascinating history.
If you would like to contact me my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Tennis - To be appointed.
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 - Roger Martin
I joined the Wimbledon Squash and Badminton Club when Gillie and I moved to Wimbledon 40 years ago. Playing squash away at The Wimbledon Club, I was so taken by the club; its people, the ambience and the whole setting, that I applied to join on the spot. Foolishly the club admitted me and I spent many happy years representing The Club on the court and in the bar.
I had very little to do with the operations of the Club, but when, I retired from the partnership in PwC in 2000 I accepted the role I still do: Honorary Treasurer. The Club has moved forward considerably during this period and I have enjoyed being part of it.
‘Retired’ life outside the Club has included non executive directorships in the businesses of international banking, pharmaceuticals, communications, investments and education. Let me not forget my favourite charities: Youthnet and Families of the Fallen.
The family of 2 children and 2 grandsons still keeps us busy, as does opera, bridge, tennis, bad golf and seeking warmer climes in winter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org