Sanjay Bhandari and Anil Jhingan appointed to LTA Board
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The LTA has today confirmed the appointment of Sanjay Bhandari and Anil Jhingan to serve as new Non-Executive Directors on the LTA Board.
The pair will take up their positions on 1 August 2021, when Clare Hollingsworth steps down as a Non-Executive Director.
Bhandari has over 30 years’ experience in law, technology and business consulting with global firms. He is currently Chair of English football’s leading equality and inclusion charity, Kick It Out. He was a partner at EY where he was actively involved in a variety of Inclusion and Diversity initiatives. He has a passion for sport and activity and is also a Trustee of Greater Sport which aims to get 2m people active in Manchester.
Jhingan brings to the LTA over two decades of experience in the media and entertainment sector. He is currently Executive Vice President, Corporate Development at global media company, Discovery Inc., where he is responsible for leading the group’s strategic growth and expansion opportunities across EMEA and APAC in both traditional and digital media and sports businesses. A corporate lawyer by background, he has previously held leadership positions at Sky and 21st Century Fox and has extensive board and governance experience, currently also serving on the Board of Formula E. He is passionate about tennis, having played the sport from a young age.
As full members of the LTA board, which is chaired by Lord Mervyn Davies, Jhingan and Bhandari will advise, guide, challenge and support the LTA Executive Team in their delivery of key strategic programmes.
Building on continued progress towards 'tennis opened up'
The appointments follow the conclusion of an open recruitment process for the roles, and build upon the recent appointment of seven new Board–nominated Councilors to the LTA Council, and the establishment of the LTA’s new IDEA Group (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility), which acts as a forum to listen to and engage with diverse representatives from across tennis. The new appointments and the creation of the IDEA Group will help to drive forward the implementation of the LTA Inclusion Strategy, and check and challenge the LTA’s work in this area, further demonstrating the LTA’s commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive sport and organisation.
The announcement of the appointments was made alongside the publication of the LTA’s inclusion strategy for tennis in Britain.
The new strategy forms part of the LTA’s overall vision to open tennis up, and has the ultimate goal being to ensure that people playing, working and volunteering in, and watching tennis reflect the diversity of the nation’s communities.
Scott Lloyd, LTA Chief Executive, said: “As the national governing body it is our role to lead the way in driving change, and we were incredibly pleased to be able to bring in high calibre additions to our Board and Council. The new appointments we have announced today with Sanjay and Anil both bring with them tremendous experience and will help ensure we are well placed to continue our progress.”