Who is on MAG?
Profiles of the current members of the Members’ Advisory Group
Meet the current MAG members
The implementation of MAG was one of the key recommendations of the Independent Review Panel which was set up to undertake an independent review of Table Tennis England’s governance.
The main role of MAG is to provide strategic advice to the Board, as well as providing a channel by which the table tennis community can raise strategic issues to be considered by the Board.
Current MAG members
John has played table tennis for more than 50 years. Starting at school, he quickly got the bug after being introduced to English schools team competition.
John still plays in a number of local leagues and in the past has played county and British League as well as enjoying some world vets events. Current Chairman of the Colchester & District Table Tennis League, Rowhedge Table Tennis Club and previously Chairman of Essex County TTA. A qualified UKCC Level 2 Coach and Tournament Organiser.
John had a 35-year career in management finance, systems management and project management before a career change, joining the ETTA in 2008 in a development role. His early involvement in schools table tennis gave insight on the important role that schools play in developing our sport.
Since 2017 John has remained active in developing the sport locally with a focus on school-club links.
Phil is currently Chairman of Mossford TTC, a UKCC level 3 Coach, Tutor/Assessor, National Councillor for Essex and on Table Tennis England’s Disciplinary Committee.
Outside of table tennis he has a broad commercial background and currently runs operations and is Company Secretary for a company in the not-for-profit sector.
Juliet has a love for table tennis since enjoying it for fun as a young girl.
Having rekindled with the sport in the last 10 years she now plays in her local league competitively. Currently a Female Table Tennis Ambassador for Table Tennis England, she is keen to encourage other females into the sport and to promote more diversity in the game.
Juliet is currently a committee member for Birmingham and Solihull District Table Tennis Association and was also part of the judging panel for the Pride of Table Tennis Awards in 2019.
Juliet has over 30 years’ experience as a Civil Servant and is currently a Trustee at Notts County Football in the Community as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead.
Steve has played table tennis for many years representative at club, city and county level.
He is still playing in the Premier League in Birmingham. He is currently the Bat’ Birmingham and Regions Ambassador and Birmingham and District Table Tennis Association committee member.
Steve has extensive experience of driving table tennis participation within communities in Birmingham and currently runs a community table tennis club in the city which predominately supports disadvantaged youth and minority communities.
Steve has extensive Project and Business Development experience and is currently a Business and Centre Manager of a national adult education company.
Kevin has been involved in table tennis for more than 40 years, representing Devon as a player, UKCC Level 2 coach and a parent.
In the past few years he has qualified as a Tournament Organiser and County Umpire.
He is the current Chairman of Joola Plymouth Table Tennis club and assistant match secretary of the Plymouth & District Table Tennis League.
Kevin is currently a Director of a Property Development Company and has a diverse knowledge of project management.
Jo is a Level 2 coach and is part of the coaching team at Draycott TTC.
She is a microbiologist working near Nottingham. She is still playing in the local league and has been a Nottingham League committee member for many years.
Her focus is on coaching and managing the timetables of her three children, all Top-10 Cadets. She also holds an umpire qualification. A player from eight years of age and originally from Grantham, she is married to a table tennis player, Mark.
Neil Hurford (Chair)
Neil has played local league table tennis for more than 50 years in a wide range of leagues around the country.
He has played in leagues from Lancashire & Yorkshire in the north to Oxfordshire & Berkshire in the south. Like many volunteers in table tennis, he has run clubs, coaching sessions, county teams and a whole range of related activities to promote and develop our sport.
Neil is an active member of his local Premier Club in Oxford, running weekly Friday night sessions throughout the year which are attended by a wide range of players. He is currently National Councillor for Oxfordshire, and was one of the table tennis members of the Independent Review Panel, part of the Governance Review.
Neil has a broad business background, with wide experience as a consultant and project manager specialising in the management of change. He is currently a Director of a software company.
John has dedicated himself to working in table tennis administration for the past 40 years.
He has held positions in local league, county, para table tennis, Rules Committee, Technical Officials Committee 2004-2020 (the last five as secretary) and is currently Chairman of the Tournament Approval Panel.
John has been a Blue Badge Umpire since May 2005 and has officiated in finals in the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Men’s World Cup, ITTF Pro Tour Finals and European Championships, and three semi-finals in the World Championships.
John is a keen local league player, participating in the Scunthorpe League.
John has a broad background in customer service industries, primarily in the Commercial Finance sector. He is currently working as a Parish Clerk with administration and financial responsibilities in this first tier of local government.
Up to 2017 David spent 23 years as a Headteacher and Executive Headteacher in Nottinghamshire, responsible for several primary schools.
He now provides free consultancy to schools and academy trusts who want to succeed by helping their pupils become the best they can be. He believes sport has a key role to play and, of all the sports he has introduced children and young people to, especially table tennis.
Therefore he has dedicated himself over the last 17 years to promoting table tennis in and through schools, in recent years working alongside Table Tennis England to see how as many schools as possible can be involved and benefit from the sport.
In 2016 he received the Pride of Table Tennis Award for his work in the East Midland’s Region.
Liam is a 24-year-old table tennis player, currently ranked 35 in England.
He has played at all levels over the last 15 years, including England juniors. Whilst at University, he played a pivotal role in establishing the modern University of Nottingham Table Tennis Club and as a result, received the Table Tennis England National Young Volunteer of the Year award in 2017.
After graduating in Economics, he worked as a Management Consultant for PwC, advising a range of companies from different sectors. Currently, Liam works in the Corporate Strategy team at O2 (Telefonica UK), providing strategic recommendations to the executive board.
Dean is a TV producer and has spent the last 25 years producing comedy and entertainment shows.
He has worked for many of the top independent production companies in the UK and with many of the top comedians and entertainers.
He is now managing director of his own TV production company which he set up 10 years ago in order to create global entertainment formats.
He also acts as part-time driver for his son as he plays table tennis across the country.
Sandy started playing competitive table tennis more than 40 years ago.
She has enjoyed the sport both as a player and a volunteer ever since. She competes in a few local leagues close to her home in Hertfordshire and has captained several league teams over the years. She represents her county at both senior and veteran level and is also the current team captain for her club’s Women’s Veteran British League team.
Sandy qualified as a Level 2 coach in spring 2018 and regularly leads junior group coaching sessions at Ellenborough Table Tennis Club, where she is on the committee. In 2020, she became General Secretary for Hertfordshire County Table Tennis Association.
Outside of table tennis, Sandy has two teenage children who participate in other sports and is married to a county level table tennis player. She runs a small business providing both general and specialist financial services support to other businesses and is a qualified financial adviser with more than 25 years’ experience working in professional organisations.
Steve started playing table tennis competitively in the Kettering and District league in the early 60s when he joined Rothborough Table Tennis Club.
He moved to Bristol in 1987, joining Portishead Table Tennis Club, and has been there ever since.
He has played both winter and summer league and is currently the welfare officer for the club. He also takes part in Table Tennis England’s Bat and Chat sessions at the SGS Wise Academy in Bristol.
Dave started playing table tennis while watching the 1977 World Championships in Birmingham and has been involved ever since.
He has played in the Hull league every season but one, due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament that year. He plays for Hull and for Yorkshire in the Veterans’ County Championship and a Veterans’ British League team.
Dave is Chairman of the largest club in Hull, Goodwin TTC, formally known as Hull YPI, which is a open seven days a week. He also sits on the Hull & District Local league committee.
He is a recently qualified Level 3 Head coach, regularly running group and individual sessions in schools, local leisure centres and his club.
Prior to redundancy, Dave worked for 18 years for the local authority managing teams of admin staff, responsible for managing internal projects, and as part of the Senior Management Team. He previously worked at the University of York, Hull College and Hull City Council in the finance departments.
Stuart is an Advanced International Referee who was the chief Referee at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealths Games.
He is a member of the European Table Tennis Union Technical Committee and was previously part of the ITTF’s Umpires and Referees Committee. He chairs Table Tennis England’s Technical Officials Committee (formerly NURC) and previously chaired the Rankings Committee.
Dan is a UKCC Level 2 coach and plays in the Leeds and Pontefract & Castleford Leagues.
He is the chairman of Ackworth Table Tennis Club, a relatively new club formed by like-minded coaches and volunteers and which is going strength to strength.He lives in Ackworth with his wife Debbie and their two children.
Dan is the owner and CEO of Software Cloud Limited, an IT consultancy and managed services business based in Leeds. He also undertakes charity work and last year was part of the board that helped to introduce the Byte Night corporate sleepout event to Yorkshire, raising more than £130,000 to help prevent youth homelessness.