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Team and Club members on the 2006 centenary of the Club

Halton is run by dedicated people with a passion for sport and tennis in particular. Together, they bring a unique blend of business and sporting experience to the Club.

Nick Leighton

Who's who

Halton Tennis Centre (HTC) is a non-profit making charity that reinvests its surplus to improve our services and facilities every year. Over 65 people currently work at Halton - a mix of part-time & full time, employed & self-employed, making us one of the largest local employers and a positive contribution to the local community. Our people are our strength, and we invest much time and energy in training.

HTC is a charity and Limited Company, and has trustees and Directors. The annual return is posted at Companies House and the Charities Commission.

Meet the directors and some of the staff who manage the Centre and look after our members below. You can meet our coaches here and our gym staff here.

Halton Tennis Centre Board

John Walker

John Walker

Director and Chairman of Halton Tennis Centre

John Walker held the position of President and CEO of Interface Europe and Asia Pacific before retiring a number of years ago.  This leading quoted company in the world of commercial interiors with a turnover of over one billion pounds and seven thousand employees acquired John's services in 1988 with the corporate acquisition of Heuga.  Heuga is a Dutch based company, best known for the manufacture and marketing of carpet tiles.  John joined Heuga in 1972.   Interface built an enviable reputation for customer service as well as winning a number of awards in the category of 'The Best Company to Work For'. 

John started his working life as a professional soccer player, having played for England schoolboys, but was forced to retire from this sport following a serious injury, after which he pursued a career in finance.

He achieved a first place in the ACCA Accountancy Examination and worked in the motor and advertising industries before joining Heuga, moving to Holland with the Company in 1978 as group finance director.  He transferred to Sales and Marketing during the eighties with profit responsibility for just about every part of Heuga (now Interface) stretching from Western Europe to Australia and Japan.  In addition, he pioneered the opening of a number of businesses for Interface in Eastern Europe in the early nineties.  He also helped to develop and initiate a strategy to enable Interface to become the first name in industrial ecology and a truly sustainable enterprise.

Since retirement, John has set up and helped to develop a number of successful businesses in the following business sectors: change management consultants, a nursing home group specialising in care for mentally ill patients, a company specialising in development of software products for the recruitment industry, a business to business mobile/landline communications company, a digital advertising company and a tennis centre incorporating a top tennis academy.  He also advises several other companies and in a number of cases has been appointed chairman of the board.

He chairs the board of a growing company, which provides a performance improvement product and service to the NHS and is engaged in leadership development and coaching with senior management of a significant hospital trust.

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NIck Leighton

Nick Leighton

Founder Director & CEO
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Having played at Halton initially for the RAF in the 1980's and from 1990 as a member of the Halton Village Club, I have a long association of over 32 years with Halton.

I have been involved 'off court' since 2001, initially helping with the creation of Halton Tennis Centre and then its subsequent growth over the past decade including the building of indoor tennis courts and creation of a Health & Fitness Club.

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Sqn Ldr Damian Gange

Damian Gange

Founder Director

Damian has had a very long and distinguished career in the RAF Physical Education branch, as well as a Halton stalwart - winning the RAF champs many times and being fundamental in the growth and participation of tennis in the RAF. As one of the 4 founder Directors of Halton Tennis Centre, Damian was instrumental in guiding through the changes and setting the standards that allowed the centre to flourish into its current form. Damian also qualified as a Level 4 Coach and even in retirement still coaches part-time at his local club.

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Gill Roe

Gill Roe

Director

Born in Dublin, my first job was in insurance where I became a supervisor in the admin function. I then travelled in the Far East with my RAF husband whom I met when he was on leave in Dublin. When he was posted to Halton in 1972 I joined Halton Tennis Club, and have been a member since. I started work the same year in The Radiochemical Centre in Amersham, and remained in the Company through a series of company changes and business acquisitions. During my years of employment I had various roles in Finance functions, including Financial Controller, Finance Manager, Group consolidations, with experience in all areas of Finance and financial systems. I retired in 2004 from a Johnson and Johnson company.

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Flt Lt Chris Evans

Sqn Ldr Chris Evans

Director

Chris Evans is a serving Senior Officer in the Royal Air Force, currently the Head of HR at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court. Whilst in the military Chris fell back in love with Tennis and has been RAF Champion on a number of occasions and is the Director of Tennis for the Royal Air Force Lawn Tennis Association

Outside of the Royal Air Force he was appointed as the Director of International Engagement for the Invictus Games, Orlando, 2016. Responsible for 15 Nations, 500 athletes and 250 support staff he was instrumental to the Games success in showcasing the power of sport in the recovery process. Chris is married to Vicky and has three young children who all love to take part in sport.

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Stephen Lehec

Stephen Lehec

Director

Stephen Lehec is currently Head Master at Kingston Grammar School in London. KGS is an independent senior coeducational day school that has an enviable sporting and academic reputation built on Olympic values. The School has the third highest number of Olympians of any school in the country, most notably in recent years gold medal winning rowers James Cracknell and Sophie Hosking.

Formerly Stephen was Head at Aylesbury Grammar School, where he joined as as Deputy Head 2006 and was appointed to the Headship in 2008. It was during his tenure at AGS that his association with Halton began with a number of boys playing successfully at all levels for the club and at school where they reached the AEGON national tennis final in successive years.

Prior to this, Stephen taught at Maidstone Grammar School in Kent, where he held a number of pastoral and academic leadership roles, including Head of Year, before being appointed as an Assistant Headteacher in 2001.

He is a teacher of History, Classics, English, Politics and Sport, with a History and English degree from Southampton University and a PGCE from St Anne's College, Oxford. A keen sportsman who represented his universities at football and cricket, Stephen enjoys playing tennis, is a qualified football referee, and has coached teams up to county level.

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Jez Groom

Jez Groom

Director

After a 25 year career working in some of the world's best adverting agencies, Jez now runs his own behavioural economics consultancy, Cowry Consulting.

His experience in marketing and advertising is used effectively within Halton UK and attracting, keeping and growing new members to the growing membership base is his priority. Jez is married to Jo and they have 3 boys, Louis, Miles and Alex - all of which enjoy the multi-sport facilities at the club. An avid Rugby League fan, Jez follows Wigan Warriors and one day hopes England Rugby League will beat Australia!

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Andrew Southam

Andrew Southam

Director

Andrew hails from a corporate legal background and has been a member of Halton since 2012, joining the Board in 2015. As well as a keen tennis player and follower of all thing sport, Andrew is also a local Councillor.

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Rob Pain

Rob Pain

Director

Rob Pain has over 30 years’ experience within the financial services industry. Initially working at Target Group and AXA in various sales, business development and marketing roles, he then joined Friends Provident in 1991 to set up its Agency Division. After holding a number of senior roles in Customer Services, and Business Process Outsourcing, he joined Friends Provident International in 2005 as Sales Director and a member of the Board. He then moved on to Investors Trust Assurance as Managing Director and then Executive Chairman.

Rob is also the Chair of the Association of International Life Companies, the trade body that represents the international life insurance industry.

His first job was a teacher at Aylesbury Grammar School becoming Head of Lower School before leaving for a career in insurance.

He lives in Weston Turville with his wife, Julie and has 4 children. He is a keen sportsmen still playing football and of course tennis. He is currently joint Mens Captain at Halton.

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Centre administration

Gill Roe

Gill Roe

Membership and finances | 01296 623453 |

 

Camilla Hayward

Camilla Hayward

Press Officer | 07748 596607 |