Members’ Advisory Group members

Profiles of the 12 members of MAG

The implementation of MAG was one of the key recommendations of the Independent Review Panel which was set up to undertake an independent review of Table Tennis England’s governance.

The main role of MAG is to provide strategic advice to the Board, as well as providing a channel by which the table tennis community can raise strategic issues to be considered by the Board.

MAG members:

Craig Bryant

Craig has been a player for more than 25 years and has represented England at Junior and Senior level, winning a Commonwealth Championships Silver Medal.

He has coached professionally for more than 12 years and is currently a UKCC Level 4 coach and a tutor, assessor and mentor for UKCC L1-3 courses.

He was formerly a regional and national coach for Table Tennis England and is now a coach at Top Edge Table Tennis, his own company.

Kevin Buddell

Kevin has been involved in table tennis for more than 40 years, representing Devon as a player, UKCC Level 2 coach and a parent. In the past few years he has qualified as a Tournament Organiser and County Umpire.

He is the current Chairman of Joola Plymouth Table Tennis club and assistant match secretary of the Plymouth & District Table Tennis League.

Kevin is currently a Director of a Property Development Company and has a diverse knowledge of project management.

Jo Green

Jo is a microbiologist working near Nottingham.  She is a Level 2 coach and is part of the coaching team at Draycott TTC.  She is still playing in the local league and has been a Nottingham League committee member for many years.

Her focus is on coaching and managing the timetables of her three children, all Top-10 Cadets. She also holds an umpire qualification. A player from eight years of age and originally from Grantham, she is married to a table tennis player, Mark.

Neil Hurford

Neil has played local league table tennis for more than 50 years in a wide range of leagues around the country – from Lancashire & Yorkshire in the north to Oxfordshire & Berkshire in the south. Like many volunteers in table tennis, he has run clubs, coaching sessions, county teams and a whole range of related activities to promote and develop our sport.

Neil is an active member of his local Premier Club in Oxford, running weekly Friday night sessions throughout the year which are attended by a wide range of players. He is currently National Councillor for Oxfordshire, and was one of the table tennis members of the Independent Review Panel, part of the Governance Review.

Neil has a broad business background, with wide experience as a consultant and project manager specialising in the management of change. He is currently a Director of a software company.

David Maddison

Up to 2017 David spent 23 years as a Headteacher and Executive Headteacher in Nottinghamshire, responsible for several primary schools. He now provides free consultancy to schools and academy trusts who want to succeed by helping their pupils become the best they can be. He believes sport has a key role to play and, of all the sports he has introduced children and young people to, especially table tennis.

Therefore he has dedicated himself over the last 17 years to promoting table tennis in and through schools, in recent years working alongside Table Tennis England to see how as many schools as possible can be involved and benefit from the sport.

In 2016 he received the Pride of Table Tennis Award for his work in the East Midland’s Region.

Dean Nabarro

Dean is a TV producer and has spent the last 25 years producing comedy and entertainment shows. He has worked for many of the top independent production companies in the UK and with many of the top comedians and entertainers.

He is now managing director of his own TV production company which he set up 10 years ago in order to create global entertainment formats.

He also acts as part-time driver for his son as he plays table tennis across the country.

Sandy Nash

Sandy works freelance in the financial service industry around the needs of her two secondary school-age children. She is a qualified financial planner with more than 15 years’ experience within professional organisations.

She started playing competitive table tennis more than 35 years ago and now competes in several local leagues close to her home in East Hertfordshire and represents Hertfordshire at county level (senior and veteran in 2018/19). She is also a team captain for her club’s Women’s Veteran British League team and runs a local league team.

She qualified as a Level 2 coach in spring 2018 and regularly runs junior group coaching sessions at Ellenborough Table Tennis Club, where she is on the committee and recently gained responsibility as joint Coaching Officer.

Steve Pratt

Steve started playing table tennis competitively in the Kettering and District league in the early 60s when he joined Rothborough Table Tennis Club. He moved to Bristol in 1987, joining Portishead Table Tennis Club, and has been there ever since.

He has played both winter and summer league and is currently the welfare officer for the club. He also takes part in Table Tennis England’s Bat and Chat sessions at the SGS Wise Academy in Bristol.

Stuart Sherlock

Stuart is an Advanced International Referee who was the chief Referee at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealths Games.

He is a member of the European Table Tennis Union Technical Committee and was previously part of the ITTF’s Umpires and Referees Committee. He chairs Table Tennis England’s Technical Officials Committee (formerly NURC) and previously chaired the Rankings Committee.

Dan Simms

Dan is the chairman of Ackworth Table Tennis Club, a relatively new club formed by like-minded coaches and volunteers and which is going strength to strength. He is a UKCC Level 2 coach and plays in the Leeds and Pontefract & Castleford Leagues. He lives in Ackworth with his wife Debbie and their two children.

Dan is the owner and CEO of Software Cloud Limited, an IT consultancy and managed services business based in Leeds. He also undertakes charity work and last year was part of the board that helped to introduce the Byte Night corporate sleepout event to Yorkshire, raising more than £130,000 to help prevent youth homelessness.