The LTA Board

Lord Davies, Chairman Lord Davies, Chairman addremove

Lord Davies is a Partner and the Chairman of Corsair Capital, a private equity firm specialising in financial services.  He is also the Chairman of LetterOne, an Adviser to Teneo, and the Chairman of UK India Business Council. He was Minister for Trade, Investment, Small Business and Infrastructure from January 2009 until May 2010.

Prior to that he was Chairman (previously CEO) and served on the Board of Standard Chartered for over 12 years.

He was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in June 2002 where he served as a member of the HK Exchange fund for seven years. Lord Davies is also a JP in Hong Kong. He is an Honorary Distinguished Professor at Cardiff Business School. He became a Peer in 2010.

Lord Davies is married with two children and is a fluent Welsh speaker. He became LTA Chairman on 27 September 2018. He is a keen tennis player, particularly doubles, and he also enjoys watching tennis. He sees it as a privilege to be able to give something back to the game he loves.

David Rawlinson David Rawlinson addremove

David took up the role of LTA Deputy President in January 2017. He chairs the Investment Advisory Group and serves on the Tennis Development, Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees. Previously, he has served on the Funding and Tennis Performance Committees and is now a Tennis Europe Board Member & Treasurer having been appointed in March 2017. He became a member of the Committee of Management of The Championships in 2017 and of the Ground Company Board in 2018 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 was President of Riverside LTC for 20 years, stepping down in March 2019. David is a practising Chartered Accountant and a Rotarian.

Rachel Baillache Rachel Baillache addremove

Rachel is a partner at KPMG where she served as a member of the firm’s global management team for eight years as the global Head of People, Performance and Culture.  She was also the executive responsible for global internal and external communications and the firm’s citizenship agenda.  Rachel is a qualified accountant and worked as a partner in the consumer markets practice where her clients included Nestlé and Allied Domecq.  She has worked abroad extensively in Hong Kong, Switzerland, Croatia and South Africa.

Rachel is the Chair of Minds@Work and a member of the Advisory Board for the Conference Board’s Diversity and Inclusion Centre.

She joined the LTA Board on 26 September 2018. Rachel is an extremely keen tennis fan and is enjoying watching her children learn to play.

Sara Bennison Sara Bennison addremove

Sara has had a marketing career spanning nearly 30 years, working in advertising agencies in the UK and Asia before moving to BT and then Barclays. She is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Nationwide Building Society and plays an active role in the wider marketing industry as Vice President of the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers, a member of the Industry Advisory Panel for the Advertising Standards Authority and a Fellow of the Marketing Society. Sara topped Campaign Magazine’s list of marketers for 2017 and was awarded Marketing Week’s Visionary Marketer of the year in 2018.

Sara joined the LTA Board in June 2018 and enjoys supporting her family with their many tennis activities. 

Craig Haworth Craig Haworth addremove

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 is on the LTA Property Ltd Board, LTA Operations Ltd Board and the LTA Council Nominations Committee. He has served on the LTA Tennis Performance Committee and 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, a member of the County LTA Committee and a member of the Tennis Europe Professional Tennis Committee.

Clare Hollingsworth Clare Hollingsworth addremove

Clare is currently Chairman of the Go-Ahead Group plc, having recently stood down as Chairman of Eurostar International Ltd. She has worked in a variety of industries, including travel, healthcare and real estate, and has held a number of non-executive directorships. Currently in addition to her Go-Ahead role , she is the senior independent director at the LTA and is a non-executive director at Molnlycke AB and UK Government Investments. She is also a regular volunteer at The Listening Place charity.

Her executive career includes being Chief Executive of Spire Healthcare and positions as Managing Director BUPA Hospitals (1999-2007) and Caledonian Airways (1990- 1997). Her early career was spent with British Airways.

Clare is a keen tennis follower and supporter.

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.

Sandi Procter Sandi Procter addremove

Sandi is a former PE teacher turned tennis coach and coaching programme manager and, most recently (2009 to 2018), was the Manager of Bromley Tennis Centre. She has a particular passion for mini tennis and whilst working at the LTA (2002-2009) 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 Council Nominations Committee. Sandi is also a member of the Tennis Europe Development Committee.

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.

Sir David Tanner Sir David Tanner addremove

Sir David was the Performance Director for British Rowing until he stepped down in February 2018 after 21 years in the role.  During that time Great Britain has become the world’s leading rowing nation, topping the medal table at the last three Olympic Games (2008-16).  He also created GB’s first Paralympic Programme – rowing was a new sport at the 2008 Games and at Rio 2016 GB was the top Paralympic rowing nation, matching the Olympians.

Before the days of Lottery funding for sport, Sir David was a medal-winning Olympic coach and had a successful full-time career in education, most recently as Headteacher of a large West London comprehensive school until he took up the PD role in 1996.  He is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the English Institute of Sport and is Chair of Governors at Orleans Park Academy in Twickenham where he lives.  Outside of his passion for sport and education, he enjoys history, the arts and keeping fit.

Sir David was appointed OBE in 2003, CBE in 2009 and received a knighthood from the Queen in 2013 for services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sir David joined the LTA Board on 1 August 2018. Tennis has been a strong interest for David since his schooldays and he is thrilled to have joined the LTA Board at a time of such opportunity for the sport.