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MEET OUR TEAM

Kent Tennis is led by a team of volunteers. We have a Council of elected representatives and from the Council a smaller Board of Management is elected. The volunteers are helped by an Office Team of experts who look after different areas of Kent Tennis.

Phil Lynch

Phil Lynch
 Kent Tennis Office Manager

Phil manages the Kent Tennis Office Team, and has responsibility for the Governance, Administration and generation of commercial revenue for Kent Tennis. Phil organises all our Board and Council meetings, aligning medium and long-term strategies with the Kent Tennis Plan and producing the Annual Review.

 

Phil can be contacted on email here

Janice White

Janice White
Club and Coach Engagement
Co-ordinator and Safeguarding Officer 

Janice is responsible for supporting our registered venues and coaches on a local level, ensuring they are updated on Kent and LTA programmes and initiatives. She takes the lead on annual venue forums, venue registration and the annual Kent Awards, organising our popular Coffee Mornings, as well as supporting the Kent Coaches Network and Council Volunteers.

Janice is the  County Safeguarding Officer for Kent.  If you have any concerns or questions please contact her.  All of the information you will need can be found here. 

Janice can be contacted on email here

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Craig Allen
County Performance Manager

Craig works closely with Siobhan to manage the County Training Programme, taking responsibility for the philosophy, content and delivery of the training sessions, whilst managing the coaching team. Craig is part of the selection process for County teams and preparation for County Cup competitions. Craig is also available to answer any performance related enquiries.

Craig can be contacted on email here

Siobhan Butler

Siobhan Butler
Competitions and Performance Coordinator

Siobhan has responsibility for developing and delivering our leagues, supporting the Seniors Singles and Doubles competition, supporting the Officials Network, and coordinating 'Play Your Way to Wimbledon'. She takes the lead on managing and running Kent Schools competitions, along with supporting the organisation of the County Championships. 

Siobhan also gives administrative support to Craig with the County training programme and the Junior County Cup teams .

Siobhan can be contacted on email here

KENT TENNIS BOARD

There are ten members of the Board of Trustees who are all volunteers - the Chair, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and plus a further seven trustees. All are elected by the members at a General Meeting of the Kent Tennis Charitable Incorporated Organisation. 

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Nigel Jordan
Chair of Board and Honorary Treasurer

Club: Old Wilsonians

Chair Finance Committee (since 2022), Governance Committee (since 2022), Kent Board member since 2015, and Member of the Management Board of Bromley Tennis Centre (since 2015).

 

Before he retired, Nigel was a career civil servant who later ran his own management consultancy business. His skill set includes policy and strategic leadership, risk management and planning,  managing change, accountancy and communications.

 

Nigel is also on the Board of the LTA as Chair of the LTA's Development Tennis Advisory Group (DTAG).

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Charlotte Cornell
Honorary Secretary
Club: Canterbury

Charlotte is a teacher and city councillor in Canterbury. She is an experienced administrator and holds trustee positions with other Kent-based charities. Charlotte brings a wealth of experience of safeguarding, SEND outreach, inclusion, governance and administration.

Charlotte plays a (very) little social tennis herself and is proud to have come bottom of the Whitstable League (someone has to). She loves watching the sport but is primarily a "tennis mom" and very happy supporting young people (including her own) from the balcony.

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Keith Gill
LTA Councillor

Club: Bromley Tennis Centre

LTA Councillor (since 2023), Kent Men’s 60s Captain (since 2022), and leading on Kent's Inclusion & Diversity Planning. 

Keith has been captaining Kent Mens Seniors teams for the past 15 years, and currently captains the Mens 60s team (whom he has just led to the National title). 

Before retiring last year, he had a 35 year career in banking and fund management, the last 15 of which were spent running his own hedge fund asset raising business. Keith is our current LTA Councillor.

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Andy Candler
Venues and Community Engagement

Club: Meopham

Venues & Communities Committee  (joined 2023, chair from 2024).

Andy is a member and Chair of Meopham LTC and has represented Kent in the Seniors County Cup.

 

Recently retired from being the Managing Director/Owner of a Managed Service company with both local and global clients, the time now feels right for Andy to give a little back to the tennis community that he has been part of for such a long time.

Luke House

Luke House
Coaches Network

Club: Bromley Tennis Centre

Chair of Kent Tennis Coaches Network (since 2020), and Kent Tennis Board member (since 2023).

Luke represents the Kent Tennis Coaches Network on our Board of Trustees. Luke currently heads the Coach Education team for Virtus Leisure Management as well as leading the Development Coaching programme at Bromley Tennis Centre. He brings up to date information and best practice regarding coaching and the deployment of a coaching workforce in tennis.

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Jason Sigba
EDI Strategic Adviser

Club: Shooters Hill

Venues & Communities Committee  (joined 2023).

As a seasoned adviser to senior leaders, Jason has cultivated a wealth of experience working closely with politicians, chief executives, and corporate management teams in the United Kingdom and New York to drive cultural change within organisations and to ensure the realisation and delivery of corporate/strategic priorities. His skill set encompasses legislative and policy development, strategic leadership and planning, and proficient project management.

Not only is he an avid tennis player, but he also contributes to the tennis community in other ways by serving on the board of directors at his local club where he is committed to 'Opening Up' the game for all.

POSITION VACANT
Honorary Treasurer
 

Nigel Jordan is currently undertaking this role, in addition to being Chair of the Board. 

If you or anyone you know have a financial background and would like to be involved in volunteering for Kent Tennis, please contact Nigel Jordan  on nigel@nigeljordan.com

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Jacqs Darby
Performance
Club: Bromley Wendover

Ladies Vice-Captain (since 2017), member of Performance Committee (since 2021).

Jacqs has been vice captain of the Kent Ladies team for the last 6 years and has also played in the Kent County teams from mini tennis upwards up to Kent Ladies. She went on to play at the LTA Bath Academy from the age of 13, representing Great Britain at junior level. Jacqs continues to play competitively in the Kent inter-club leagues and also plays Padel to a high level.

 

Outside of tennis, Jacqs is a Senior Project Manager in Sports Marketing working with some of the biggest global rights holders and brands.

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Clare Lilley
 Communications
Club: Sundridge Park

Chair of Communications Committee (since 2023), and Kent Tennis Board member (since 2023).

Clare joined the Board in 2023 and is responsible for the county’s communications activity. She is passionate about tennis, having played all her life, as a junior in Sussex and in Kent for over 20 years. She comes from a keen tennis playing family and is the third generation to qualify as a coach.

In her professional life, Clare has experience across media relations, market research and internal communications in a large financial services organisation.

Anna Wilson

Anna Wilson
Padel / Projects

Club: Sundridge Park

Communications Committee (since 2022) and Venues & Communities Committee (since 2023).

 

Anna began volunteering 25 years ago on the junior committee at her home club, Sundridge Park, when her children started playing tennis. Now a director of the club, she has been actively involved in its transformation, from a volunteer run venue to a managed one and the project to install  Kent’s first Padel courts.

Anna's previous experience in Retail Consultancy brings creative thinking, marketing and communication skills to her role on the Kent Council and Board.

KENT LIFE PRESIDENT and
LIFE VICE PRESIDENTS 

These are honorray positions for those who have provided long and/or exceptional service to Kent Tennis. Nominations are made by the Board of Trustees, and election is at the AGM.

Austin Smith 

Life President

Roger Bottomley OBE

Life Vice President

Denis Costelloe

Life Vice President

Angela Darby

Life Vice President

John Darby

Life Vice President

Stuart Smith OBE

Life Vice President

Stephen Woodley

Life Vice President

KENT TENNIS COMMITTEES

With the move from an unincorporated association to a charitable incorporated organisation from 1 January 2024, the Kent Tennis Council has now been replaced by six committees who report into the Kent Tennis CIO Board of Trustees. 

The committee structure for 2024 will shorrtly be confirmed and posted here. More information on the new structure can be found here. 

Current Honorary Roles and Committee Chairs are listed below

Mary Evans

President

John Ratcliffe

Deputy President

Jason Baker

Chair of Competitions Committee

Andy Candler

Chair of Venues & Communities Committee

Charlotte Cornell

Chair of Governance Committee

Nigel Jordan

Chair of Finance Committee

Clare Lilley

Chair of Communications Committee

Malcolm Smith

Chair of Performance Committee

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