Our Board

View profiles of Table Tennis England's Board of Directors.

We will adopt a target of, and take all appropriate actions to encourage, a minimum of 30% of each gender on our Board; and will demonstrate a strong and public commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity generally on our Board, including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability. We will advertise proactively appropriate Board vacancies in a wide-ranging and targeted manner ensuring that the vacancies reach the widest demographics attracting those from all backgrounds with the appropriate skills.


Sandra Deaton (Chairman)

Sandra is a retired business director and started her professional career as a physical education teacher in 1971.

She has been involved in table tennis for more than 40 years at local, county, regional and national level, working in club development for most of that time.

She was the chair of the East Midland Region for almost 14 years, bringing together the development and coaching groups under one organisation, and was a member of Governing Body Management team from 2002 to 2007, taking on the vice chairmanship of selection and performance in July 2013.

Sandra has been involved with the organisation of a number of National Championships and was an integral part of the team delivering the two most recent English Opens. She was a member of the athlete services team for the London Olympics. Her daughter Nicola was five-times national champion and England No 1 for five consecutive years.

Elected Directors

Tony Catt (Elected Deputy Chairman)

Tony is a freelance financial services compliance consultant after more than 30 years in financial services. His experience spans retail banking, financial advice and pension planning.

Tony writes articles in the trade press and has broadcasted on BBC 5Live, local radio and more recently in telecasts talking about compliance issues.

Tony plays in local leagues around Sussex and London and also plays to senior and veteran British League and county levels.

Tony has been National Councillor for Sussex and has served as Chair of National Council. Tony is also a qualified umpire and tournament organiser and has run a VETTS masters event and refereed at the World Championship of Ping Pong.

Don Parker (Elected Deputy Chairman)

Don represented England in table tennis more than 200 times and went on to work at Commonwealth Games England as Sports Director for 21 years between 1997 and 2018, playing an active role in six Commonwealth Games and six Commonwealth Youth Games.

Don was also the national coach for the then English Table Tennis Association, and worked within the governing body for 18 years in a variety of performance-related positions.

Don and his wife Jill – the Table Tennis England President – are well known by our members, attending numerous events around the country. Don is also an authoritative TV commentator and has commentated from a raft of international events as well as our own Senior National Championships.

He served with distinction as the European representative on the Commonwealth Games Federation Sports Committee, and was recognised for his outstanding service to sport by being awarded the Commonwealth Sport Order of Merit 2019.

Susie Venner (Elected Deputy Chairman)

Susie became the Vice-Chair of Communications at Table Tennis England in 2013, before being appointed to the Board in April 2014. She was elected unopposed as Deputy Chairman in May 2014 and confirmed in that position in the 2015 election.

She began playing table tennis as a junior in Liverpool and has played – and still plays – in several local leagues, at county level for Lancashire, in the British League and in many veterans’ events at home and abroad.

Her professional career has focused in and around the media, as a journalist, a Government press officer, and a corporate communications consultant. She currently runs her own business, involving internet news sites for small businesses and freelancers.

Susie is also acting chairman of the Veterans’ English Table Tennis Society (VETTS), the VETTS newsletter editor, a member of the ETTU Veterans Committee and corresponding member of the ITTF Media Committee.

Appointed Directors

Sara Sutcliffe MBE (Chief Executive)

Sara joined Table Tennis England as Interim Chief Executive in July 2013 and accepted the role permanently in February 2014. Prior to joining Table Tennis England Sara spent 12 years at the British Olympic Association as the Director of Legal and HR.

A qualified lawyer and recognised authority in sports law, Sara has contributed to written publications and spoken on numerous topics including governance, selection issues and anti doping.

Since joining Table Tennis England, Sara has played a lead role in restructuring the organisation to make it fit for purpose and relocating the head office to Milton Keynes. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2020.

Simon Griew

Simon has more than 28 years’ experience in the energy industry, having held strategic and commercial roles for National Grid, the Department of Trade & Industry and The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers.

A graduate of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, he has been Managing Director of his own consulting company since March 2013.

Simon has played table tennis for many years, competing in the Leamington and Coventry leagues and representing Warwickshire in the Veterans’ County Championship.

Steve Kemish

Steve is a multi-award-winning marketer and public speaker who has worked in digital marketing since 1997. He has worked on marketing strategy and consultancy with many global brands including Motorola, ITV, UKTV, The ECB , ITV, Lego, Skype and British Airways.

As well as his role at marketing agency ,Junction, he is lead tutor at the IDM, a guest lecturer at various business schools, a member of the DMA Email Council and a longstanding Superbrands judge.

Steve has always had a passion for sports and has played and contributed to various clubs and associations since childhood. An ex-county badminton champion, his table tennis table at home is a much loved hub for family and friends.

Doug Livingstone

Doug is a league table tennis player with a background in accountancy, who has most recently been part of the senior management team at the Homes and Communities Agency, the government’s housing, land and regeneration agency, and was responsible for ensuring the agency meets government transparency requirements.

Dee Paterson

Dee is also a finance professional, most recently working as a CFO in the aerospace research sector.

She has represented Great Britain across a range of canoeing disciplines at European and world level, is a qualified UK Anti-Doping educator and experienced coach in a variety of sports including canoeing, sailing, swimming and rowing.

She has also been a Team Leader and coach at the Youth Olympics.

Tom Purcell

Tom spent 33 years as a police officer, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector and working on combating organised and serious crime.

He spent three years attached to the Home Office and is currently working for Cheshire Police in a civilian management capacity.

Tom is a former vice-chairman of Table Tennis England and is an international table tennis umpire. He officiated in the men’s singles final at the London 2012 Olympics.

Mark Quartermaine

Mark has worked in the IT and telecoms industries for more than 30 years and is an experienced executive who has played key roles at large corporations including IBM and BT, and was most recently CEO of Alternative Networks plc.

A league table tennis player in his youth, he has a table at home and is also a keen cyclist.

Priya Samuel

Priya manages the effective delivery of Health and Wellbeing Board for two London Boroughs – Richmond and Wandsworth. She creates and enhances partnerships with the Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS providers, voluntary sector, the local authority and other partners that will strengthen governance arrangements to deliver health and care services for local communities.

Prior to this, Priya had a rewarding career working in sports development and sport for development. She increased and retained participation, developed coach education systems and implemented policy infrastructure at local, national and international levels.

Priya is a sport enthusiast, volunteering and working across a number of sports governing bodies.  She is keen netball player and coach and supports the sport through her role as a coach assessor and First 4 Sport Internal Verifier.


Total Attachments: 23

Governance & Risk Committee Terms of Reference

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Finance Committee Terms of Reference

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Board Meeting Summary September 2020

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Board Call 4th June 2020

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Summary of all Board calls 18th March - 15th May 2020

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Board Report February 2020

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Board Report January 2020

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Board report September 2019

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Board report June 2019

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Board Report March 2019

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Board Report December 2018

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Board Report September 2018

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Board report June-July 2018

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Board Report March 2018

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Board Report November 2017

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Board Report September 2017

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Board Report June 2017

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Board Report March 2017

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Board Report December 2016

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Board Report September 2016

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Board Report May & June 2016

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Board Report March 2016

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Board Report December 2015

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