Meet the Team

Simon Johnson - Chief Executive Officer Simon Johnson - Chief Executive Officer addremove

Simon is CEO of Tennis Wales, having joined the organisation in 2019. As CEO, he leads our work towards the vision & strategy tennis opened up across Wales 2020 – 2024

He started his career at Marriott International, choosing to turn down a place at University to study law & economics and take a vocational pathway into the industry instead. A strong desire to develop people and teams, as well as a passion for marketing took him into new roles with the LTA. Having overseen tennis development & investment across the South, South West and Midlands regions for the LTA, Simon coordinated more than £26m of facility investment projects, managed large regional teams and coordinated work with MPs, Local Authorities and partner organisations over a ten year period. His time at the LTA also included working at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.    

To contact:

Simon please call or email Maria Rees: 029 2046 8335 / maria.rees@tenniswales.org.uk

Jamie Clewer - Head of Participation Jamie Clewer - Head of Participation addremove

Jamie has 15 years' experience in National Governing Body Sport Development. He has an extensive track record of leading change in Governing Body policy and delivery and as strategic lead for Football Development in Wales, Jamie’s remit included increasing participation and building the infrastructure of grassroots clubs whilst safeguarding the future of the sport through appropriate facility development/management. 

Jamie also served as a member of the Senior Executive Team of the FAW Trust and as a consequence, has valuable experience of strategic and corporate management within a sporting context. 

Equality and inclusion work are a personal passion, and Jamie has a positive track record of intervention in disadvantaged and diverse communities. Under his ‘stewardship’, he saw a 45% increase in female participation. He was also responsible for the first two strategies for disability football, leading to a 500% increase in disability participation and the establishment of a national and regional performance programme. 

Jamie has experience of designing, implementing and activating sponsorship programmes for grassroots football activity working with multi-national companies such as McDonald’s, Lidl and Vauxhall. 

Most recently Jamie has been working for Bridgend County Borough Council in the Prevention and Wellbeing Service, leading the Healthy and active funded Super-Agers Project and work to support the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged groups. In addition to working as a consultant on various facility planning and development projects.

To contact:

Jamie please email Jamie.clewer@tenniswales.org.uk

Chris Lewis- Head of Performance Chris Lewis- Head of Performance addremove

Chris is our Head of Performance and will lead on the delivery of the player pathway across Wales.

Chris brings 30 years of playing and coaching experience to the role and will work closely with players, parents, coaches and programmes to help them reach their potential. 

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  • How long have you worked at Tennis Wales?    2.5 years
  • What is your background?  Junior tennis player, pro tennis player and level 5 performance coach.  I’ve played at county, national and international level as a junior and senior and coached at all of those levels within junior tennis since retiring in 2005.  I’ve worked for both the men’s and women’s teams at the LTA within different capacities since I began coaching and have individually coached a number of Welsh players in Cardiff.
  • What are your career highlights?   As a player, it would have to be representing Wales at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, reaching the final round of the Wimbledon qualifying in 2003 and playing in Junior Wimbledon in 2000.  As a coach, it would be being the lead coach of two junior players who have reached Junior Grand Slams, working as travelling coach to Johanna Konta in 2011/12 and captaining GB, Wales and South Wales to many memorable Summer Cup, Home Nations and County Cup wins.
  • What do you like most about working at Tennis Wales?  Tennis has been my life from a very young age and I am passionate about helping Welsh tennis to grow and the players we have to excel.  Leading Tennis Wales performance strategy will allow me to help players, parents, coaches and programmes across Wales.
  • Any unknown facts?    I’m a keen golfer, when the weather is good, and have a highest break of 63 in snooker (that was 10 reds and 9 colours for anyone who is interested!).  I was so nervous in my Junior Wimbledon 1st round that I fed a ball into the crowd during my opponent’s smashing warm up!
  • Any big regrets?    Feeding a ball into the crowd at Wimbledon and missing what was a pretty routine black for a 70 break in snooker.

To contact Chris :

029 2046 8338 / 07432 731906 / Chris.Lewis@tenniswales.org.uk

Mark Lewis - Competition and Events Manager Mark Lewis - Competition and Events Manager addremove

Mark develops and delivers the annual competition plan across Wales, working closely with the LTA as well as county committees, referees, organisers and venues. He leads on the event management of all Tennis Wales led competitions and special events.

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  • How long have you worked at Tennis Wales?    11 years
  • What is your background?  I have played tennis since the age of 4, regularly competing across the Devon & Somerset Tournament circuit and am a Level 3 Accredited+ Tennis Coach.  I studied Sports Education and Leisure Management at the University of Gloucestershire before moving into the Leisure Industry and prior to Tennis Wales, worked at The University of Exeter.
  • What do you like most about working at Tennis Wales?  Being able to make a considerable impact in a project from start to finish. I particularly enjoy working with various partners to create new competition opportunities, to allow more players to compete at all levels of the game to keep them engaged in our sport.
  • What are your hobbies?  I am truly blessed to have a son and daughter so spend as much time as I can with them. My other love is in the form of Torquay United Football Club – a love/hate relationship if you will. I get to as many games as possible otherwise I can often be found on Twitter retweeting goal tweets or offering ‘constructive criticism’ when all is not well

To contact Mark :

029 2046 8339 / 07958 302771 / mark.lewis@tenniswales.org.uk

Pam Griffiths - Participation Development Partner Pam Griffiths - Participation Development Partner addremove

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  • How long have you worked at Tennis Wales?    13 years
  • What is your background?  I started playing tennis at the age of 10 at Brymbo Tennis Club, playing club and county level tennis.  At 15 I volunteered at a local mini tennis group and then took coaching qualifications to become a Level 3 club coach. On leaving school I did an apprenticeship at a local garage as a Vehicle Refinisher (aka a Paint Sprayer!!).  When Wrexham Tennis Centre was first built I then became a trainee manager and continued coaching at the centre and other clubs.  Following this I worked for Wrexham Local Authority as Tennis Development Officer, then left this position in 2006 to take up the North Wales Development position for Tennis Wales.
  • What do you like most about working at Tennis Wales? I love the variety of working in participation as you get to work with volunteers, professional coaches and local authorities across so many areas of the game including education, competitions and with my biggest passion disability tennis.
  • What are your hobbies?  Having been a golf widow for a number of years, much to the disappointment of my son and better half I have now taken up the game (well, my version of the game.  #workinprogress). 

To contact Pam :

07949 512566 / pam.griffiths@tenniswales.org.uk

Vicki Broadbent - Coaching and Volunteering Manager Vicki Broadbent - Coaching and Volunteering Manager addremove

Vicki brings a broad range of skills and experience to the position as a current LTA Coach Developer, she has extensive experience of tutoring coaches across Great Britain. In addition she has experience of developing players across the pathway from participation to performance and is a currently county captain and coordinator in North Wales.

Vicki plays a crucial role in developing the next generation of coaches to help us further grow the sport in Wales whilst ensuring our existing coaches receive excellent CPD opportunities and bespoke support to help them deliver quality tennis coaching across Wales. 

To contact:

vicki.broadbent@tenniswales.org.uk/07949 500467

Maria Rees - Office Manager & PA to CEO Maria Rees - Office Manager & PA to CEO addremove

Maria is the Office Manager and is based in Cardiff.  She works Monday - Wednesday 8.30am til 4.30pm and Thursday 9.30am til 2.30pm.

Maria deals with the day to day running of the office and can help with any customer service issues.  Maria also offers PA support to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board.

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  • How long have you worked at Tennis Wales?    Since January 2013. Time flies!
  • What is your background?  I have a long background as a P.A in the Education and Food Standards sector.  Just prior to starting at Tennis Wales I was the P.A to the editors of Media Wales, covering papers such as the South Wales Echo, Western Mail and Walesonline. 
  • What do you like most about working at Tennis Wales?  The team here are fantastic we are like a little family.  Plus my role is so varied and never boring, one minute dealing with the Awards, then Wimbledon, putting together the newsletter and website whilst also assisting the Board and general office responsibilities.
  • What are your hobbies?  As a mum of two children I am pretty much a taxi service outside of work (but I wouldn't change it)!  I love anything musical and have recently joined a choir.
  • What is your favourite film?  I would have to say Grease.  I used to watch it twice a day as a child and when no one was watching I would pretend to be Sandy!  Some times I still do...ssh.

To contact Maria:

029 2046 8335  / 07516 126127  maria.rees@tenniswales.org.uk

Rachel Trevor - Finance Officer Rachel Trevor - Finance Officer addremove

Rachel is our Finance Officer and is based in Cardiff.  Rachel manages the day-to-day finances of Tennis Wales and works on a part time basis Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am til 3.30pm.

To contact Rachel :

029 2046 8331 / 07718 961510 /rachel.trevor@tenniswales.org.uk

Mark Vaughan - Safeguarding Officer Mark Vaughan - Safeguarding Officer addremove

Mark is the Tennis Wales Safeguarding Officer, supporting the tennis network of 16,000 members, 83 venues, 220 coaches and more than 500 volunteers across Wales.

Mark works part time, with time time being split the office and out on the field.

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  • How long have you worked at Tennis Wales: As of June 12th....3 Days!
  • What is your  Background: I was a police officer for  30 years retiring in May 2019. The last 10 years of  my  career  worked operationally  running a Public Protection Unit in Cardiff and then strategically within South Wales Police  HQ. Additionally I run Danescourt  Football club in Cardiff which is exclusively  a children’s club in Cardiff
  • What do you  like about  working in Tennis Wales : Utilising my  safeguarding knowledge and experience to  ensure  that  everyone involved  with  tennis in Wales have the confidence  to  feel that  children can thrive  in a safe and secure environment.
  • What are your  hobbies: With three  growing  boys time for my  hobbies is limited. I coach three  age  groups  within the football club which I  enjoy. After all that’s done there’s not  much time left!
  • What is your  favourite film: Got to be the Blues Brothers, great film, great  music.

To contact Mark:

07984 978011 / mark.vaughan@tenniswales.org.uk

Megan Jones - Tennis Development Administrator Megan Jones - Tennis Development Administrator addremove

Megan is our Tennis Development Administraor and works full time. Megan will administer leagues, competitions, performance squads and our coach education courses.

megan.jones@tenniswales.org.uk / 07432732203