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The Executive Team at the LTA

Scott Lloyd, Chief Executive

Scott was appointed CEO of the Lawn Tennis Association on 8 January 2018.

Prior to joining the LTA, Scott has had a successful business career in the sports and leisure industry. He founded the health, fitness and racquets club group, Next Generation Clubs, in 1997 and expanded the company internationally, developing an Australian portfolio of clubs alongside the UK portfolio. In 2006, he led the sale of the UK business to London & Regional Properties and stayed with the company as CEO. A year later, he sold the Australian portfolio to Kings Park Capital and chaired the investment until 2014.

In 2007, the Company purchased David Lloyd Leisure from Whitbread plc. As Group Chief Executive of David Lloyd Leisure, Scott headed up the integration and subsequent growth of the business through to a successful sale to TDR Capital in September 2013. Scott stayed with the company as CEO before stepping up to the role of Deputy Chairman. In January 2018 Scott commenced as CEO of the LTA responsible for British Tennis.

Alastair Marks, Participation Director

Alastair brings a wealth of participation experience to tennis both from within and outside a major NGB.  He was previously Head of Rugby Growth at the Rugby Football Union (RFU) where he led a broad range of key areas: including the development and successful launch of their informal Touch Rugby programme into clubs & universities, their women & girls growth strategy implementation and new market identification and development projects. He has first-hand experience in the conception, delivery and evaluation of initiatives to increase participation.  

Alastair also brings a strong commercial orientation to participation including an all-important return on investment philosophy to spending.  Prior to joining the RFU, Alastair was the head of sports marketing for McDonald's and sponsorship marketing manager at Sainsbury's.  At the RFU he has also applied his multi-faceted skills across CRM, social responsibility and change management. 

Alastair is responsible for Participation, Recreational Coaching and Facility Investment.

Vicky Williams, Director of People, HR & Development

Vicky leads the HR and Learning & Development function for the LTA, which includes the development and delivery of the HR Strategy, and the development of the LTA’s talent and succession plan for all colleagues.

Vicky was previously HR Director for the Business and Industry Division of Compass Group, where she worked for 21 years.  During her time with Compass Group, Vicky developed and delivered the company’s first on-line training programme for new starters and an award winning apprentice scheme.

Vicky began her HR career at the leading high street retailer Marks and Spencer.

Olly Scadgell, Director of Major Events and Competitions

Olly Scadgell joined the Executive Team in May 2014. In his role as Director of Major Events and Competitions, Olly oversees the operations of our pre Wimbledon Events in Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne, as well as the Davis and Federation Cups and the calendar of international and national tournaments. Olly is also responsible for the domestic competition structure and officiating.

Olly has a wealth of experience across British tennis having worked at the LTA in a number of roles since 2004. As well as competition, his roles have seen him lead our work on tennis programmes, including mini tennis and supporting commercial tennis operators David Lloyd Leisure and Virgin Active.

Simon Steele, Finance Director

Simon is the Finance Director at the LTA, joining in October 2016. He has over 10 years' experience in sports across a number of different organisations. Most recently he was Head of Finance and Business Development at Team Sky, advising stakeholders including the owners, team principle and athletes on both financial and commercial issues. In this role he also worked with British Cycling and the wider Sky organisation on their participation programme.

Prior to this Simon spent 15 years at Sky, leading finance teams supporting business areas including marketing, technology and Sky Sports, where he was part of the management team responsible for acquiring sports media rights as well as all other aspects of sports broadcast and distribution.

Simon is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having trained and qualified with KPMG.


Stephen Farrow, Legal and Tournament Director: The Queen's Club Championships

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James Mercer, Commercial Director

James joined as Commercial Director in 2014. He has a wealth of commercial experience across a broad variety of sports including motorsport and rugby. Most recently he was the Commercial Director for the Rugby Football League (RFL) where his responsibilities included driving commercial income across the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, Super League and Challenge Cup. Prior to that he was the Commercial and Media Director for the FIA World Rally Championship and Isle of Man TT.

James started his career in tennis as a tennis agent in the USA before moving to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as their Commercial Manager. James is a former US collegiate tennis player and grew up playing tennis through the British tennis system.

Simon Timson, Performance Director

Simon Timson is the Tennis Performance Director at the LTA. He leads the Performance Team responsible for creating a pathway for champions that sustains success at the top of the world game and nurtures future generations of world class players. 

Previously as Director of Performance at UK Sport (2013 – 2016), Simon led the high performance system to unprecedented success at Rio 2016 where Great Britain became the first nation ever to be more successful in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games after hosting. Simon has a PhD in Psychology.

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