Our Board

Profiles of Table Tennis England’s Board of Directors

The Table Tennis England Board

With the exception of the Chief Executive, Directors are elected or appointed for four-year terms and may serve two terms of office.

We will adopt a target of, and take all appropriate actions to encourage, a minimum of 30% of each gender on our Board; and will demonstrate a strong and public commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity generally on our Board, including, but not limited to people from Ethnically Diverse Communities and with a Disability.

We will advertise proactively appropriate Board vacancies in a wide-ranging and targeted manner ensuring that the vacancies reach the widest demographics attracting those from all backgrounds with the appropriate skills.

You can download recent Board Reports at the foot of this page. For earlier reports, visit the Board section of our online archive.


Chairperson

Sandra Deaton

Appointed: April 2019 (previously elected in June 2015)

Sandra has been involved in table tennis for more than 50 years at local, county, regional and national level, working in club development for most of that time.

Sandra is a retired business director and started her professional career as a physical education teacher in 1971.

She was the chair of the East Midland Region for almost 14 years, bringing together the development and coaching groups under one organisation, and was a member of Governing Body Management team from 2002 to 2007, taking on the vice chairmanship of selection and performance in July 2013.

Sandra has been involved with the organisation of a number of National Championships and was an integral part of the team delivering the two most recent English Opens. She was a member of the athlete services team for the London Olympics. Her daughter Nicola was five-times national champion and England No 1 for five consecutive years.

Deputy Chairperson

Susie Venner

Elected: June 2015

Susie began playing table tennis as a junior in Liverpool and still plays in several local leagues, at county level for Lancashire, in the Veterans British League and in many veterans’ events home and abroad.

Susie became the Vice-Chair of Communications at Table Tennis England in 2013, before being appointed to the Board in April 2014.

She was elected unopposed as Deputy Chairman in May 2014 and confirmed in that position in the 2015 election. In 2019 she was re-elected as one of the three new posts of Elected Director.

Her professional career has focused in and around the media, as a journalist, a Government press officer, a political lobbyist and a corporate communications consultant. She currently runs her own business, involving internet news sites for small businesses and freelancers.

Susie is also deputy chairman of the Veterans’ English Table Tennis Society (VETTS), the VETTS newsletter editor, a member of the ETTU Veterans Committee and in 2019 was elected Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation.

Interim Chief Executive

Adrian Christy

Adrian joined Table Tennis England as Interim Chief Executive in December 2021, prior to which he had been Chief Executive of Badminton England, a role he held from 2006 until stepping down in September 2021.

Prior to joining Badminton England, Adrian worked in local authority Sports Development and at Sports Coach UK before moving into National Governing Bodies, first with the Lawn Tennis Association and then at England Squash and Racketball.

He is also a consultant to the Board of Pentathlon GB and a Non Executive Director of the Sport and Recreation Alliance.


Directors

Kwadjo Adyepong

Appointed: June 2021

Kwadjo is a qualified lawyer with considerable experience in leading investigations and enforcement cases at courts and tribunals.

He has worked at a number of organisations including the Competition and Markets Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Financial Reporting Council and Goldman Sachs International, where he was an Executive Director.

Kwadjo has been appointed to a number of sports organisations, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport, UK Sport, the LTA, the Premier League and the FA. Kwadjo is passionate about diversity and inclusion. In addition, he is a former athlete and is an enthusiastic tennis and table tennis player.

Simon Griew

Appointed: May 2014

Simon represents English table tennis on the European Table Tennis Union Rankings Committee.

Simon has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy industry, having held strategic and commercial roles for National Grid, the Department of Trade & Industry and The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers.

A graduate of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, he has been Managing Director of his own consulting company since March 2013.

Simon has played table tennis for many years, competing in the Leamington and Coventry leagues, VBL and representing Warwickshire in the Veterans’ County Championship.

Ray James

Appointed: June 2021

Ray is currently Chief Operating Officer of iSportconnect, the world’s largest private sports business network.

iSportconnect has more than 25,000 professional members and provides consultancy services to partners such as LaLiga, Tata Communications and a number of other clients.

Previously Ray, has held senior management positions at Sky Sports, Chelsea Football Club, Millwall FC and Manchester City Football Club.

Based in Sussex, Ray has played table tennis for more than 30 years. He has played in several local leagues, including Brighton, Crawley and Haywards Heath, as well as National League, national tournaments and English Open qualifiers. He is Head of Marketing at Brighton Table Tennis Club.

Steve Kemish

Appointed: November 2019

Steve is a multi-award-winning marketer and public speaker who has worked in digital marketing since 1997.

He has worked on marketing strategy and consultancy with many global brands including Motorola, ITV, UKTV, The ECB , ITV, Lego, Skype and British Airways.

As well as his role as CEO at data and marketing agency, IMG, he is lead consultant at Xeim, a guest lecturer at various business schools, a member of the DMA Digital Council and a longstanding Superbrands and AEO judge.

Steve has always had a passion for sports and has played and contributed to various clubs and associations since childhood. An ex-county badminton champion, his table tennis table at home is a much loved hub for family and friends.

Steve is our Senior Independent Director.

Don Parker

Elected: June 2020

Don represented England in table tennis more than 200 times and went on to work at Commonwealth Games England as Sports Director.

In the 21 years in the role between 1997 and 2018, Don played an active role in six Commonwealth Games and six Commonwealth Youth Games.

Don was also the national coach for the then English Table Tennis Association, and worked within the governing body for 18 years in a variety of performance-related positions.

Don and his wife Jill – the Table Tennis England President – are well known by our members, attending numerous events around the country. Don is also an authoritative TV commentator and has commentated from a raft of international events as well as our own Senior National Championships.

He served with distinction as the European representative on the Commonwealth Games Federation Sports Committee, and was recognised for his outstanding service to sport by being awarded the Commonwealth Sport Order of Merit 2019.

Tom Purcell

Appointed: December 2014

Tom spent 33 years as a police officer rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector working on combating serious and organised crime.

After retiring as a police officer Tom continued to work for the police in a civilian management capacity.

He has been playing Local League table tennis for over 50 years. He is the Organising Secretary of the Liverpool League and is a member of the Lancashire County committee.

Tom is a former vice-chairman of Table Tennis England and is currently a member of the ITTF Umpires and Referees Committee. As an International Umpire he has umpired many events around the world including the men’s singles final at the London 2012 Olympics.

Priya Samuel

Appointed: November 2019

Priya manages the effective delivery of Health and Wellbeing Board for two London Boroughs – Richmond and Wandsworth.

She creates and enhances partnerships with the Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS providers, voluntary sector, the local authority and other partners that will strengthen governance arrangements to deliver health and care services for local communities.

Prior to this, Priya had a rewarding career working in sports development and sport for development. She increased and retained participation, developed coach education systems and implemented policy infrastructure at local, national and international levels.

Priya is a sport enthusiast, volunteering and working across a number of sports governing bodies.  She is keen netball player and coach and supports the sport through her role as a coach assessor and First 4 Sport Internal Verifier.

Ritchie Venner

Elected: May 2021

Ritchie was born into a table tennis family and has played since an early age under the coaching and guidance of his late father, Harry Venner, a former England international and a renowned coach.

Ritchie has played continuously for more than 40 years in local leagues, county events, British league and tournaments domestically and internationally. He was ranked in the top 20 in England seniors for more than 20 years and played for Sussex at junior, senior and veteran level. He played in the Premier Division of the Senior British League for 25 consecutive seasons and now plays in Veterans British League.

He is still an active table tennis player at several levels and particularly enjoys the VETTS scene where he is a multiple national champion in the O/40s and O/50s VETTS events, has represented England VETTS in several international tournaments – and is the ‘Roving Reporter’ for the VETTS newsletter.

Ritchie is now semi-retired, and prior to that held positions as a project manager for a Swedish multi-national company and worked in local government. He joins his wife Susie on the Board – and both can be seen participating at many table tennis events around the country and abroad.

Dr Emma Vickers

Appointed: June 2021

Emma Vickers has been involved in table tennis for over 20 years and is a multi-national champion.

She was a member of the England senior international team for many years, and has coached at England cadet, junior, and senior international level.

Through the attainment of her PhD and through holding various academic roles, her expertise sits in the field of athlete career development, with a specific focus on athlete talent pathways, wellbeing, transitions, and dual career. Her current role is as National Lead for Research at the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) where she leads on the development of research and applied projects with national and international sports organisations.

Emma has also developed several qualifications in the field of athlete career development and currently tutors on these both in the UK and internationally. In 2018, Emma was an instrumental stakeholder in the development of the FA Women’s Super League Academy programme and continues to provide expertise to the FA on the development of their female player pathway.


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