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.
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.
Halton Tennis Centre Board
John WalkerDirector 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.
Nick LeightonFounder 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.
Damian GangeFounder 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.
Gill RoeDirector / Trustee
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.
Sqn Ldr Chris EvansDirector / Trustee
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.
Rob PainDirector / Trustee
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.
Matt RoganDirector / Trustee
A Cambridge University (French and German) graduate, Matt’s career began within a Bain / McKinsey spinout strategy consultancy before moving to rights holders NBA (US Basketball League) and thereafter MTV, where he ran the European Sponsorship team for the music and entertainment network. Matt then moved to specialist learning and development consultancy Lane4, where he led the business side of the organisation as Group Commercial Director. During Matt’s tenure at Lane4 revenue doubled and profit trebled while launching several successful subsidiaries. Lane4’s Group Board were listed in the Top 5 in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For List. In 2011 Matt co-founded Two Circles, a data driven sports agency. The business has grown significantly since, driven by an exceptional client retention rate. The business now employs 150 people across 4 offices worldwide, servicing clients in a total of 15 markets. Tennis has long been a key part of the agency client base – Two Circles clients comprising Lawn Tennis Association, the International Tennis Federation, Tennis TV and the All England Club, Wimbledon. Two Circles was voted the BT Sport Industry Sport Agency of the Year in both 2014 and 2017. Two Circles was acquired by WPP in 2015 to form a key part of their rights holder facing proposition. Matt is now Chairman of Two Circles – a role which involves supporting and challenging a talented team to grow the business with quality. In addition to his Two Circles commitments, Matt is a regular speaker around the evolution of the business of sport. He also sits on the Sports Board for the NSPCC, and the International Advisory Group for the CBI. As well as co-authoring ‘Britain and the Olympic Games: Past Present Legacy’ with his Dad Martin in 2010, he has written for Harvard Business Review. Matt has been a member at Halton since 2008, although he has been coming here to play since the mid 80’s when he was an aspiring junior. That role is now filled by his kids Niamh and Conor, whose attendance at squad sessions contributes to the Rogan family’s bar tab as one of the healthier in the club. Outside of eating flapjack in the clubhouse, Matt continued to actually play tennis regularly whenever he can – both at Halton and whenever possible on the ITF Vets circuit. He is also an Ironman triathlete and Boston Marathon qualifier.
Chris DuffinDirector / Trustee
Bio coming soon.
Mark CampionDirector / Trustee
Mark is Executive Chairman of Campion Willcocks. He works at senior executive and board level, nurturing relationships through change management issues. Mark is proud of his reputation, ‘obsession for perfection’. His tireless work to understand every client’s current and aspirational culture and performance ensures an exacting talent match – from specialist consulting teams, interim managers to business change and transformation professionals. Mark immerses himself in knowledge leadership and sharing, and coaching on people and process change. His passions are work, family and rugby. A non-executive Director of the RPA (Rugby Players’ Association) since 2003, he helps shape strategy, goals and success. He is also Trustee of Restart, the RPA Benevolent Fund. Of all his roles, Mark cites playing ‘touchline Dad’ as the most nerve-wracking. Mark is Vice Chairman of FTF (fund raising committee for Fields in Trust) a FRIEND of the Mary Rose Trust and supporter of the Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
Gill RoeMembership and finances | 01296 623453 |
Camilla HaywardPress Officer | 07748 596607 |