The work that Surrey Squash does would not be possible without our dedicated team of volunteers and freelance partners.

Find out more about each of them below:

Trustees

John Hughes

John Hughes

Trustee and Chairman

It is fair to say John has been obsessed with Squash for most of his life, following an early conversion from a nascent badminton career.

After competing at schools level, he went on to represent Surrey at under 16 and under 19 age groups. He has played Surrey Cup squash for over 35 years, playing for Effingham, Ebbisham, Merrow, Riverbourne and Woking squash clubs.

John became Chairman of Woking Squash Rackets Club in 2010, serving for five years. He joined the Surrey Squash committee in 2011. After fulfilling several roles including Treasurer, John became a trustee and was elected Chairman of Surrey Squash in 2018. John is also a former trustee of the charity, The Surrey Squash Rackets Association Junior Trust.

John has established, developed, invested in, bought and sold several owner-managed businesses in his career and continues to advise others in this regard, including holding non-executive directorships across different industries.

John brings with him his professional experience, along with his passion for squash, with the aim of modernising the governance and operation of the sport for the long term.

Colin Watson

Colin Watson

Trustee and Honorary Secretary

Colin’s initial introduction to squash, for one term as a sixth-former at school in 1969, had a profound lifelong impact. He has since played squash regularly for over 50 years and has been a member of the West Byfleet club (now Nuffield West Byfleet) since it opened in the early eighties.

In the nineties, having previously been just a social player, Colin received a very welcome Christmas present – a set of 6 coaching lessons. He began to realise just how much more skill he could acquire! Regular coaching followed and he subsequently enjoyed 15 years playing and captaining West Byfleet teams in the lower divisions of the Surrey Cup.

In 2013, when Surrey Squash needed a new Secretary, Colin was coaxed into giving “a few voluntary hours each month”! From small beginnings, as meeting organiser and minute-taker, he has progressively become a mainstay of the organisation. He has worked in the background, implementing many of our major initiatives, including:

  • A £10,000 Sport England grant.
  • Setting up the processes for charging and collecting county membership fees.
  • Establishing procedures to comply with the control and management requirements of Surrey Squash becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
  • Collaborating regarding the changing role of England Squash, especially helping Surrey Squash transform by taking enhanced responsibilities, from the national body, to promote squash and squash 57 in Surrey and South-West London.

Colin plays regularly and is an active club coach, with a keen interest in promoting squash in leisure centres.

Shayne Baillie

Shayne Baillie

Trustee

Shayne started playing squash early in her secondary school years in South Africa on a rainy day when she would otherwise have been playing tennis.  Shayne represented her province (Natal) all through high school, was selected for SA Schools, and after her arrival in the UK has played for and captained the Surrey women’s Senior and O40s teams at the Senior and Masters Inter County Championships for several years.

Shayne has her Level 1 in coaching and spent a year or two playing Masters Regionals, the Masters British Open, the Masters Nationals and the Europeans, all of which she has won.  Shayne has been a Trustee of Surrey Squash since early 2019 and her role currently is to co-ordinate the Junior, Senior and Masters’ Inter Counties, as well as to support her fellow Trustees and our Committee.

Patrick Fleming

Patrick Fleming

Trustee and President

Patrick has extensive international business experience in finance, strategy and general management. More recently he has been a non-executive director and chairman of several start-ups and early-stage companies and a trustee and chair in the charity and not for profit sectors. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute.

A keen squash and Squash 57 player, he has represented Surrey in many Masters’ Inter-County Championships, although he says that his only ambition now is to stop himself careering downhill too quickly! He is currently President of Surrey Squash and a committee member and trustee. His main responsibilities are governance and strategy and representing Surrey Squash on the England Squash Council and at events.

Committee

Rob Lelliott

Rob Lelliott

Committee Member, Squash 57

Rob has been a member of Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club since 1980 where he originally played tennis, competing around Surrey on the junior circuit. He also played football for many years spending a short time at Millwall FC back in the late 80’s. He soon realised that he would not fulfil his dream of becoming a professional player, but continued to play locally. Rob suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture in 1991 which culminated in him being away from football and tennis for almost two years. Upon returning to sport again, he started to play racketball, which back then was with a fast blue ball and heavy metal rackets.

Rob never played squash, only racketball and he has been amazed to see how the game has evolved over the past 20 years including the name change to Squash 57.

It was back at the start of 2017 that Rob joined the Surrey Squash committee with a sole focus of developing the squash 57 section. At that time there was just one league with seven teams but after resuming since the Covid pandemic, in 2021 we had four leagues with 18 teams and we can now boast the largest county league in the country.

Rob’s passion for the game will inspire him to further develop squash 57 within the clubs around the county for men, woman and children of all ages from all backgrounds.

Tim Stainton

Tim Stainton

Committee Member

A late starter to squash, Tim started playing team squash at Colets in 1998. Coming from an IT background, when Colets needed a system for running their box leagues, he put his programming skills to use and created what would eventually become League Master. Once Surrey had adopted this for running their main team leagues, he became a member of the committee and took over the coordinating of the Surrey leagues, something he has been doing for nearly 20 years. Tim works with a team of individual league organisers for the various winter and summer leagues, helping to run easily the largest single county league structure in the country and looks forward to another 20 years of involvement in Surrey Squash.

Rob Heasman

Rob Heasman

Committee Member

As a keen sportsman, Rob’s love for squash grew from watching his dad play every Saturday afternoon at the Thames Ditton squash club, now known as Colets.

At the age of 12 he got offered some after school lessons with Danny Lee at St George’s Hill and has been hooked ever since.

Alongside playing for Woking’s junior team Rob attended the Surrey junior training camps up to the age of 16, played for his university team in the BUCS championships and has been an active member of Woking Squash Club for the last 10 years, where he currently captains its men’s second team.

He is still incredibly passionate about the game and is excited to be further involved with squash within Surrey.

Kim Ricks

Kim Ricks

Committee Member

Kim has been involved with Surrey Squash for more than 15 years. During that time, she has managed both the over-40 and over-50 women’s squash teams and assisted in various other activities for the association.

Kim is a member of Colets Health & Fitness Club and has played squash for over 45 years, representing Surrey and England in various age categories.

Kim is passionate about the game and has been an active member of the Surrey Squash committee for many years.

Management Team

Neil Frankland

Neil Frankland

Director of Squash

Neil started playing squash at around the age of seven, then playing consistently for Surrey from the age of nine to the present day.

Neil turned professional at the age of 16 and achieved a world ranking of nine in the under 19 age group. At the age of 20 he started his coaching career at Surbiton and West Byfleet whilst continuing to play professionally both individually and representing several clubs.

A year later Neil became the Surrey County coach and spent several years seeing boys and girls achieve National rankings and a lot of National titles. Whilst continuing to play and coach professionally Neil was selected to play for Scotland in 1997 with Peter Nicol, John White and Martin Health as part of the team and he became Scottish Champion in 2000.

In Neil’s international career, he achieved 49 caps for Scotland recording 36 wins. He played in four European, three World championships and competed in the Manchester Commonwealth games in 2002. Neil was captain of the Surrey men’s team for 12 years and during that time he achieved 10 national titles.

Neil still coaches at Nuffield West Byfleet, Epsom College and Charterhouse School and for the last 10 years he has held the role of Director of Surrey Squash, working on development and management of all the clubs in Surrey with his main focus on increasing participation in the sport that he loves.

Jonathan Skilton

Honorary Treasurer

Julie Chappell

Julie Chappell

Junior Administration

Squash? Yes, Julie played it once. We’ll say played – she went on court, right shoes, proper kit, racket held correctly and even knew some of the rules.

But then her opponent kept hitting the ball all over the court – repeatedly making it land in an area of the court that was furthest away from her. Julie didn’t play again, but has loved the game for over 40 years since.

Julie has wholeheartedly supported both her better half, who played squash seven days a week, as well as her nephew who played as a junior all over the UK, Europe and the USA.

Later Julie volunteered to assist England Squash in running their events. She has been involved in countless major junior, senior and professional events throughout the UK and Europe – domestic, Inter County, PSA and World Championships to name a few!

Julie joined Surrey Squash in 2017 to help with the administration for the junior section and continues to support all things “Surrey Squash” enthusiastically.

Joe Lee

Head of Club Development

We are delighted to announce that Joe Lee has joined Surrey Squash as Head of Club Development.

Joe has had a stellar career in squash as both a junior and senior player, becoming British Champion at both under 17 and under 19 level.

After turning professional in 2006, Joe went on to win 8 PSA World Tour Titles, including the Oregon Open and achieved a highest World Ranking of 29.

Throughout his playing career Joe has participated in and supported competition in Surrey and is the current captain and number 1 for the New Malden team in Division 1 of the Surrey Cup.

Joe’s primary remit is to engage with clubs and leisure centres throughout the county and south London boroughs to boost participation and increase engagement with the county squash community.

When asked about the task ahead Joe said, “Many clubs and leisure centres in the county have room for growth in their offering of squash and racketball sessions, particularly with juniors, women, and young adults. I plan to support our coaches and volunteers by helping them to achieve the necessary qualifications and providing guidance where needed. I will also help to recruit coaches to the clubs where they are required. The aim is to increase the number of healthy, self-sustaining clubs and leisure centres throughout the county.

Events can be a great way to boost the revenue and profile of venues and I plan to share my experience of running Junior Tournaments, Graded Tournaments and Professional Events to help increase the number of events in the county. It would be great to see a full calendar of well attended events for all levels throughout the county.”

If you would like to get in touch to discuss how we can help your club, or to share your success stories please contact Joe at: [email protected]

County Coaches

Mike Hennings

Michael Hennings

Head Coach (boys)

Michael has been playing squash for over 30 years. During this time Michael has represented Surrey in the junior and senior teams as well as captaining the squash 57 team.

Michael has been coaching for 20 years at Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club, where he has built a very successful junior and adult coaching programme, which currently has over 100 juniors playing weekly and over 50 ladies playing regularly.

Major achievements have been coaching two juniors from their first time on a squash court to becoming a junior British champion and another playing for England. Under Michael’s leadership, Surbiton has recently won the men’s Surrey Cup competition and the national squash 57 title.

In 2017, Michael became the Head boys coach for Surrey and, after a transitional period, Surrey boys won three national titles in the inter county championships in 2019 and 2020.

Surrey squad training sessions are varied in coaching content, and look to improve each individual attending, in turn giving them something to think about and work on at their club or school.

In 2021, Michael attained the assistant coach role for the South East of England regional Aspire Squad.

Coaching achievements

  • Individual British junior champion
  • England junior team player
  • Three national titles for Surrey (two years in a row)
  • London youth games winners – Kingston boys’ and girls’ teams
  • Building a successful school squash programme
  • Surrey Head Coach
  • Assistant South East Region Aspire coach
Clare Wright

Clare Wright

Head Coach (girls) and Communications Officer

Clare has been playing squash for almost 20 years and has represented Surrey as a junior from U13 to present day senior teams. In 2019, she captained the Surrey women’s 2nd team.

Clare is a level 3 coach and has been coaching for 10 years. She helped build and has maintained a large, successful junior programme, including schools and Saturday groups. Her passion has been building the women’s squash at Reigate Squash Club and has formed two women’s teams in the Surrey Cup and weekly beginner and intermediate sessions.

In 2021, she started new women’s sessions at Surrey Sports Park. Clare spends her time between coaching at Reigate Squash Club, Purley Sports Club, Surrey Sports Park and groups and schools in Surrey.

In the same year, Clare became the county girls Head Coach, running the squad sessions and attending inter-county tournaments with teams.

Clare also sends out the newsletters and updates the website and social media pages in her role as Communications Officer for Surrey Squash.