The Executive Team at the LTA

Scott Lloyd, Chief Executive Scott Lloyd, Chief Executive addremove

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.

Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer addremove

Julie Porter joined the LTA as Chief Operating Officer in May 2018.  Julie started her career in 1991 as a graduate trainee with Aldi  before moving to Lidl as Regional Director.  In 2000 she joined David Lloyd Leisure (part of the Whitbread Group) in operations and in 2003 moved to Barcelona to set up David Lloyd Leisure in Spain as Country Manager.  She returned in 2006 to take up a position as Product Development Director.  After the sale of DLL from Whitbread to a private equity group, she joined Scott Lloyd’s team as Marketing and Product Development Director and in 2013 was appointed COO. 

Vicky Williams, People Director Vicky Williams, People Director addremove

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.

In November 2017, Vicky won Personal Today, HR Director of the Year.

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

Simon Steele, Finance Director Simon Steele, Finance Director addremove

Simon is the Finance Director at the LTA, joining in October 2016, and is also responsible for legal and technology. 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.

Olly Scadgell, Participation Director Olly Scadgell, Participation Director addremove

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.

Olly Scadgell joined the Executive Team in May 2014 in the role of Director of Major Events and Competitions, overseeing 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. As Participation Director, Olly now oversees our work across participation, competition and safeguarding.

Michael Bourne, Performance Director Michael Bourne, Performance Director addremove

Michael Bourne joined the LTA as Performance Director in October 2020, and oversees the development and delivery of the performance strategy for the LTA.

Michael has extensive experience of elite performance programmes and player development from across a wide range of sports. Prior to the LTA, he spent 6 years at UK Sport, undertaking a number of roles including a period as Director of Performance, which included oversight of investment into Olympic and Paralympic sports in the UK. There he was also responsible for the performance functions supporting elite athlete preparations towards the Games. 

His career has seen him in roles at British Shooting, English Institute of Sport, and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) where he was Head of Science and Medicine.

Chris Pollard, Digital and Events Director Chris Pollard, Digital and Events Director addremove

Chris joined the LTA in 2019, initially as Head of Strategy and Innovation, taking up the role of Digital and Events Director in February 2021. 

Chris began his career at Accenture where he worked as a consultant on the London 2012 Olympic Bid, before joining the London 2012 Organising Committee. He led a number of data and digital projects, developed the customer experience strategy and managed a number of operational projects during the Games. After the London Games, Chris spent 6 years as an international sports and event consultant, where he developed the strategic and operational plans for the Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games and the World Expo, and worked for a number of Sports Governing Bodies including the International Tennis Federation, the International Olympic Committee, the Football Association and Team Ineos.

Chris has responsibility for delivering the LTA’s major events programme, maximising the experience for players, fans and partners, and improving the visibility of the LTA’s portfolio of events. Alongside this he is also be responsible for overseeing the LTA’s digital transformation work, implementing digital projects that help deliver the LTA’s strategy of opening up tennis.