Meet the Board

The Tennis Wales Board has ultimate responsibility of the affairs on the Company and ensuring the Company is managed efficiently, effectively and in line with the requirements of the law, the Rules of The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), to consider the requirements of the LTA and Sport Wales, and the functions laid out in the Company’s Articles of Association.

Our Tennis Wales President - Baroness Amanda Sater Our Tennis Wales President - Baroness Amanda Sater addremove

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Barry Cawte - Independent Chair of the Board Barry Cawte - Independent Chair of the Board addremove

Barry Cawte is an award winning leisure and sports executive with 20 years experience in the industry. Barry who resides in Newport, is well recognised for his leadership of social enterprise Tennis Swansea 365 which propelled Swansea Tennis Centre to the forefront of best practise for community indoor centres. His ability to transform underperforming business and sustainable participation was quickly recognised by the Lawn Tennis Association and the Tennis Foundation and Barry was recruited as a consultant to work along side a number of key tennis venues to transform their performance. For a number of years Barry has been a regular speaker on the business of tennis and has presented at a number of national LTA, TIA, TF and coach education conferences and workshops for a number of years.

Barry was then recruited by Greenwich Leisure LTD the largest leisure and sport social enterprise in the Uk as their National Tennis Manager. Under Barry's strategic direction he guided GLL in becoming the largest public provider of tennis in the UK delivering massive growth in tennis participation right across the United Kingdom.  Barry currently works as the CEO of the Welsh Rugby Players Association.

When not dedicating his free time to Tennis Wales, Barry likes to spent time with his wife and four boys.

Barry took up the position of Tennis Wales Chair in April 2018.

Janet Evans - Company Secretary Janet Evans - Company Secretary addremove

Janet Evans has over 30 years of business experience with the last 12 years specialising in Governance. She is currently the Head of IT Governance for Admiral Group in Cardiff .

Having attended Loughborough University, sport has always been an important part of Janet’s life, as much for the social aspects as for the health benefits. A playing member of both David Lloyd Club in Llandarcy and Glamorgan Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Merthyr Mawr, Janet learned her tennis playing on the public courts in Maesteg Welfare park and is particularly excited about the Tennis Wales Strategy to invest in and support sustainable park facilities in Wales in collaboration with local Authorities.

She is looking forward to supporting the Governing Body of Tennis in Wales and playing a part in growing tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable across the country.

When not in work or on the court, Janet enjoys walking the coast and country around South Wales, skiing, exploring the wine regions of Portugal and spending time with her family and friends .

Liz Parry - Independent Member Liz Parry - Independent Member addremove

Liz is currently the Head of Human Resources at a Cardiff Based Third Sector organisation, having worked in retailing and hospitality previously.  She feels very strongly that people are at the heart of an organisation and the overall strategies that underpin their engagement and  performance are key to success.

Although Liz is not a tennis player, she has always taken a healthy interest in the positive value sport can have for the wellbeing of individuals and their neighbourhoods.   Liz is keen to support the strategies and philosophy that makes tennis accessible to all and to support participation across all sectors of society in Wales. 

In her spare time Liz is a season ticket holder for one of the South Wales football teams so really does understand the highs and lows and the emotional roller coaster that sport can be!

Neil O'Doherty - Independent Member Neil O'Doherty - Independent Member addremove

Neil O'Doherty has 30 years business experience gained in some of the UK's largest Brands. He is currently HR Director, Europe of Clarks, one of the longest established and most trusted brand in the country. He brings outstanding experience of building and sustaining high performing teams.

Neil is also an active member of Penallt Tennis Club, captaining the Men's team and serving on the club committee. A resident of Monmouth , Neil enjoys his time outside work and tennis with his wife, Alison and their three children.

Patsy Roseblade - Independent Member Patsy Roseblade - Independent Member addremove

Patsy Roseblade has over 20 years experience working at senior levels in the NHS.  She came to Wales in 2012 to join the Welsh Ambulance Service as Director of Finance and ICT ultimately becoming Interim Chief Executive for a period of time before moving to other health organisations.  

Patsy plays tennis in Abergavenny as well as in her beloved home town of Crickhowell. She truly regrets not ‘finding’ tennis until into her forties but works hard to catch up on lost time! Outside of work and tennis Patsy enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown up children and, whilst very much still a beginner, is learning to play the piano.  

Michael Dunn - Board Member (South) Michael Dunn - Board Member (South) addremove

Mike Dunn has been a member of Windsor, Penarth LTC for more than 25 years and has held a number of committee positions, including membership secretary and treasurer. He was elected to the Tennis Wales South County Committee in 2010, was Chair of its league and competitions working group from 2012 to 2016, and Chair of the County Committee itself since 2014. Mike was elected onto the Tennis Wales Board following the AGM held in December 2015.  Formerly a senior civil servant with the Welsh Government, he is now a writer of guidebooks for walkers. He has particular experience in partnership working, strategic planning and governance issues.

Mike Buck - Board Member (South) Mike Buck - Board Member (South) addremove

After graduating with a degree in Applied Biochemistry from Heriot Watt University , Edinburgh and joining Whitbreads I attained the IOB (Institute of Brewing ) Diploma (Master Brewer).

I moved to Wales to join the team at Magor Brewery  which later became ABINBEV. and spent the later 12 years as the Systems Development Manager working on an AS400 business package.

I am a level 4 Senior Club Tennis Coach, a member of Abergavenny Tennis Club and have been a past Chairman , Secretary and for an intervening period Head Coach (as a volunteer). I am also currently a member of Monmouth and Goodrich Tennis Club’s.

My additional interests include DIY, Tennis Antiquities and living in the country I have 3 dogs and 2 sheep.

A member of the Tennis Wales Board with a portfolio of : Coach Education, Disability Tennis, Leagues, 4 Nations, Tournaments & Competitions, Performance and Tournaments and Competition.

Lucy Scott - Board Member (North) Lucy Scott - Board Member (North) addremove

Lucy joined the Tennis Wales Board in April 2018, after being elected to represent North Wales at the North Annual Open Meeting.

Lucy also sits on the North Wales Management Committee and currently works for the FAW Trust as Colliers Park Facility Manager in Wrexham. Lucy was previously the General Manager at Wrexham Tennis Centre and prior to that was the Head Tennis Coach and Manager at Durham University. 

Lucy is a Level 4 coach and coach education tutor, and is North Wales County captain for the U10, U11 and U12 girls teams. 

Lucy has been involved in tennis over 20 years, having competed for Wales and North Wales at both junior and senior age groups, and the GB Universities Student team. Lucy received a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of New Mexico where she attended on a full tennis scholarship and later received a Masters in Marketing from Durham University.

Sophie Hughes - Board Member (South) Sophie Hughes - Board Member (South) addremove

Sophie joined the Board of Tennis Wales in July 2020 after being elected at the South Wales Annual Open Meeting in November 2019. She is an equity Partner at Watkins and Gunn solicitors an award-winning South Wales legal practice; where she heads up the Family Law Team. Away from her professional life Sophie has been a keen tennis player from a young age; playing for many years at Radyr LTC.  Her family moved away from the area whilst she was at university, but after a spell living and working in London returned to the Welsh Marches. Sophie is the current Chair of Monmouth Tennis Club and helped raise grant funding for a new gate access system and the re-surfacing of the clubs courts; an investment of nearly £40,000 in the facilities. Sophie is married with 2 adult sons, neither of whom share quite her passion for the game – but she continues to work on them!  Sophie is looking forward to supporting Tennis Wales to achieve the future vision for the game in Wales.

Bethan Lewis - Board Member (South) Bethan Lewis - Board Member (South) addremove

Bethan joined the Tennis Wales Board in October 2020 as a director.

Bethan has over 12 years’ experience in public relations and is founder and director of Brandrocker, a brand strategy consultancy based in Cardiff. Given her love for sport, she is also a freelance sports reporter and has interviewed world number one athletes as well as celebrities and members of the Royal Family at events.

Bethan started playing tennis aged eight, and to date, has represented her club, county and country. She was awarded a full tennis scholarship at Virginia Tech University, USA where she gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Marketing. 

Bethan is currently a member of Cardiff Lawn Tennis Club and has previously been a representative of the club’s committee.

Leah McDaniel - Board Member (North) Leah McDaniel - Board Member (North) addremove

I currently work as a lecturer of Sociology within a large sixth form college. 

I started playing tennis at the age of 12, and have gone on to represent club and county several times. I was awarded a full tennis scholarship to Midwestern State University, where I gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science. I have previously worked as the assistant tennis coach at Midwestern State University, and as the assistant manager at Wichita Falls country club. 

I now enjoy playing tennis with my six year old daughter.

James Armstrong - Independent Member James Armstrong - Independent Member addremove

James Armstrong has 20 year’s experience working in a range of different business roles across the Financial Services market.  Starting his career as an Actuary at Lloyds Banking Group he then moved to consultancy with Deloitte based in London.  In 2014, he returned to Wales as Group Chief Risk Officer for Admiral Group plc where he serves now.  He brings a wealth of financial, risk management and corporate governance experience to the Board.

James is also an active member of Radyr Lawn Tennis Club in Cardiff where he is Men’s captain and serves on the club committee.  He’s also a member of David Lloyd Cardiff and enjoys the benefit of indoor tennis on the odd rainy day in Wales!  His wife, Becky, and their three daughters are all active members of the club too.

Simon Clarke - LTA Councillor Simon Clarke - LTA Councillor addremove

I have been involved in Tennis my whole life, having started playing at the age of 5 at Cardiff Castle LTC.  I have played and coached across Wales and also worked for Tennis Wales in a variety of development roles between 2009 and 2015. I still enjoy playing and I am currently a member at Penarth LTC. 

In my day job I work for Swim Wales as Head of Aquatic Development. My role is quite simply to support a nation to become aquatically active. There are a number of crossovers within these two roles and I am incredibly proud and excited to help the Tennis Wales board and team in opening up Tennis in Wales.