LTA Board | Tennis in Britain

The Board

David Gregson, Chairman

David was appointed Chairman of the LTA Board on 20 December 2012.

David is currently also a Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is transforming East London following the 2012 Games, and a member of the Advisory Boards of both the Sutton Trust, promoting social mobility through education, and of the Apeldoorn Conference Series, which promotes shared understanding between the British and Dutch in areas of common interest.

Previously, David was a co-founder and Chairman of Phoenix Equity Partners, a leading UK mid-market private equity business. Over his career, he has been a director or Chairman of some thirty companies or charities. Most recently, David was Chairman of CGL, the UK's largest social and health care charity. David has an MBA from Manchester Business School and Maths and Physics degree from Cambridge University.

Martin Corrie, President

Martin joined the LTA Council representing Hertfordshire in 2003, where he has been a member since 1993 and Treasurer since 2000. In 2002 he was appointed Chairman of the County Tennis Committee responsible for Talent Identification and Performance Tennis. 

Martin served on the LTA Funding Committee before joining the Professional Tennis Advisory and Scrutiny Board of which he was appointed Chairman in 2009 and joined the Main Board of the LTA. He was Chairman of the Tennis Performance Committee until the end of 2012 and was elected a Council-Elected Board member in 2013. 

He was elected Deputy President at the LTA AGM in December 2013 and took up the role of President in January 2017. Martin, who remains an active tennis player representing Hertfordshire in the appropriate veterans’ age groups, is currently senior partner in Hicks & Co chartered accountants and chairman of I-Financial Services Group Plc.

Martin was elected to the Board of Tennis Europe in 2014 and currently serves as Honorary Treasurer.  In 2015 he was elected to the Board of the ITF where he serves as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, Wheelchair Tennis Committee and the Technical Commission; he is also a member of the Finance Committee.

Richard Baker

Richard is Chairman of Whitbread PLC, Chairman of DFS, Board Advisor to Aimia Inc. (owners of the Nectar Card), and an Independent Board Member of the Lawn Tennis Association. He is also a Senior Operating Partner at Advent International.

Prior to these appointments, Richard was Chief Executive of Alliance Boots Plc from 2003 until 2007, when he departed after completing its £11bn sale to KKR.

Michael Downey, Chief Executive

Michael Downey joined the LTA in January 2014 after nine successful years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Canada, during which time the sport has enjoyed significant growth, both at grassroots and at the elite level.

As CEO, Michael is responsible for leading the execution of the LTA’s long term strategy, all day-to-day management decisions, and acts as a liaison between the Board and management of the LTA.

Michael was formerly Regional President for Canada's largest brewery, Molson Canada, and Vice President, sales and marketing, for the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) and the Air Canada Centre.

Michael is 59 and has two sons. His wife, Jinder, has one daughter.

Craig Haworth

Craig was appointed to the Board as a Council elected member from January 2017. He is Managing Director of Passing Shots Community Interest Company that runs Corby Tennis Centre and has been at the Centre since 1991. He previously represented Great Britain as a player and National Coach for 15 years and represented Buckinghamshire and, more recently, Northamptonshire at County level and has coached a number of Junior National Champions. He has served on the LTA Tennis Performance Committee and is currently a member of the Facilities Advisory Funding Group. He is also a member of the East Regional Forum Committee and the LTA Councillor for Northants LTA as well as being the County’s Lead Volunteer and a member of the County LTA Committee.

Clare Hollingsworth

Clare brings over 25 years of director experience to the Board. Clare is currently Chairman of Eurostar International, having joined the board in 2010. Her career includes being Chief Executive of Spire Healthcare, later becoming Deputy Chairman (2007-2012) and positions as Managing Director BUPA Hospitals (1999-2007), and Caledonian Airways (1990- 1997).

Clare has worked in a variety of industries including aviation, healthcare and real estate and has held a number of non-executive directorships. In addition to her Eurostar role she currently holds a non-executive director position at Molnlycke AB. Clare is a keen tennis follower and supporter.

Nicola Maskens

Nicola was appointed to the LTA Board in September 2014; she served as a Council elected member in 2015 and 2016 and as Chairman of the Tennis Development Committee from 2017.

Nicola has worked in Marketing throughout her career with an expertise in the field of shopper behaviour working with Retailers and Manufacturers such as Boots, Tesco, Poundland, Pfizer, Mondelez and Warburtons.

Nicola joined the LTA Council in 2008 representing Oxfordshire. She is currently the Chairman of the County Association having in the past been Chairman of the Junior County Closed and undertaking various roles on the Management Committee. At the LTA, in addition to chairing the Tennis Development Committee, Nicola serves on the Licensing & Registration and Safeguarding & Protection Committees.

Nicola has been involved in tennis throughout her life, as a junior, tennis parent, club member, club membership secretary, team captain and an active player in the local summer and winter leagues. 

Sandi Procter

Sandi is a former PE teacher turned tennis coach and now Manager of Bromley Indoor Tennis centre. She has a particular passion for mini tennis and, for the LTA, created  the Mini Tennis Red, Orange and Green programme and the Tennis Leaders Programme, with resources, training materials and delivery to British coaches.

Sandi joined the LTA Board in January 2017 as a Council Elected Board Member. On the LTA Council she represents Kent where she is the Lead Volunteer and has been involved in a wide range of Kent activities and projects for over 25 years. At the LTA Sandi is a member of the Tennis Development Committee and the Nominations Committee. 

David Rawlinson

David joined the LTA Council in 2006 representing Bedfordshire where he has served as Treasurer, Sponsorship Co-ordinator, Men’s Captain and Lead Volunteer.

David is President of Riverside LTC in Bedford. He took up the role of LTA Deputy President in January 2017. He chairs the Investment Advisory Group and serves on the Tennis Development, Audit and Nominations Committees and chairs the Selectors of Seniors Tennis Great Britain. Previously, he has served on the Funding and Tennis Performance Committees. He became a member of the Committee of Management of The Championships in 2017 and is also a member of the ITF Seniors Committee.

He is an active player and competes in National and International Seniors’ Tournaments. He has represented Bedfordshire at County level in the Men’s and Seniors’ teams and has played for England in the Four Nations Seniors’ competition. David is a practising Chartered Accountant and a Rotarian.

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.