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Top football executive joins new-look England Squash board

Adrian Bevington (right) with former England manager Roy Hodgson and former prime minister David Cameron
Adrian Bevington (right) with former England manager Roy Hodgson and ex-prime minister David Cameron

Joy Carter leads new team at England Squash


England Squash is delighted to announce that Professor Joy Carter will lead their new Board of Directors as the Chair of England Squash. Professor Carter, currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, recently led the first meeting of the new Board in London.

joycarterJoining Professor Carter (right) are high-profile professionals from a range of industries providing England Squash with the expertise to ensure it is at the forefront of embracing Sport England’s Good Governance Guide, to drive the sport forward to ensure it fulfils its potential, and become the nation’s number one racket sport.

Keir Worth, Chief Executive of England Squash and a member of the Board commented, “We are delighted and honoured to have a Board of this calibre. The process of selection and on-boarding is now complete and we are thrilled to be working with our new Directors who we are confident will lead our sport to greater heights.”

England Squash’s new Board of Non-Executive Directors includes industry leaders in banking, finance, marketing, communications, law, education, sports development, community sport and elite sporting performance. Members of the Board are as follows.

Kate Bedwell
Kate is the Head of Business Operations for Vodafone’s global money transfer service, M-Pesa. She has been with Vodafone for 6 years and is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance of M-Pesa globally as well as having accountability for the HR, finance and brand for M-Pesa at Group. Prior to joining Vodafone, she spent 10 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the tax advisory team specialising in VAT. Outside of work, she is the Chairman for the Gloucestershire Junior Squash Association and has two boys who both play squash at county level.

Adrian Bevington
Adrian is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years’ experience in communications and sport, including 17 years working within a national governing body in senior roles including Managing Director of the FA’s Club England. Currently, Adrian undertakes consultancy for a variety of organisations ranging from strategic executive business advice to external communications strategy. He brings a strong network in media and the world of sport.

Phil Collins
Phil has been part of the England Squash Board for the past three and a half years. In his professional career, Phil has been involved in the development of participation in a number of sports, and the management of leisure facilities during his time as Chief Executive of Hertsmere Leisure. He has also served on and chaired a number of Boards.

Nick Donald
Nick is a Managing Director and Head of UK Equity Capital Markets for HSBC. He has 27 years of investment banking experience, as well as being a chartered accountant. He has a track record of advising boards of major UK PLCs in raising finance and attracting a diverse investor base. He has previous Non-Executive Director experience with Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.

Andrew Light
Andrew has a strong finance background, developed during his 15 year career at Associated British Foods and nine years at Warburtons where he is currently Chief Financial Officer. He has also held a number of roles on the governing body of Grove Park Squash Club and the holding entity, Manchester Rugby Club, where he is currently Chair of Squash.

Gordon Lord
Gordon is the current Head of Elite Coach Development at the England and Wales Cricket Board. He brings deep knowledge of performance, coaching and coach development.

Eamonn O’Rourke
Eamonn has worked in the sport and leisure industry for 40 years. He is Retired Head of Leisure Services at Manchester City Council and a Board member of Trafford Leisure Trust. He has vast experience of working with the voluntary sport sector and also with Sport England. Eamonn is also Chairman of the 2017 PSA World Squash Championships Stakeholder Board for the World Squash Championships to be held in Manchester in December 2017.

Matt Pullen
Matt has more than 20 years’ experience in commercial business management and leadership. He is currently Managing Director of AkzoNobelUK & Ireland. During his last two roles at Bernard Matthews and AkzoNobelUK, he has lead large-scale, transformational change initiatives.

Jamie Singer
Jamie is a sports lawyer, founding partner and Head of Marketing at Onside Law. He has more than 15 years’ experience of advising sporting associations on the issues they face. He has practical experience of running a successful company and of the financial, regulatory, reporting, HR and marketing issues that boards deal with.

Paul Trott
Paul is Head of Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation at the Business School of the University of Portsmouth. As part of the executive committee, he has contributed to shaping the strategy and helping deliver a surplus of more than £15 million in 2015. Paul has been Chairman of Hampshire Squash since 2011.

England Squash is the governing body for squash and racketball in England and is responsible for the organisation and promotion of the sports. It comprises 38 County Associations and approximately 700 affiliated clubs and facilities. More than 350,000 people in England play squash each month in over 1,600 facilities with squash courts.

England Squash develops programmes and resources across the whole spectrum of the sports, from grassroots development through coaching and competitions for all ages and abilities, to producing world, European and Commonwealth champions on a regular basis.

Team England flourishes on the world stage, where we are reigning world and European, men’s and women’s team champions, and currently has the World No. 2 in the ladies, Laura Massaro and the World no. 4 in the men’s, Nick Matthew. For more information on England Squash, visit



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