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.

Elected Directors

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.

Susie Hughes (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.

Keith Thomas (Treasurer)

Keith is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in private practice.

He has played competitive table tennis for more than 25 years and helped to found Hartlepool Table Tennis Club in 2003. The club is now a Premier 3 star Club.

Keith is a member of Cleveland County Table Tennis Association management committee, chairman of the disciplinary committee and team manager of the county junior squad.

He is a 3 star coach, coach tutor and assessor, tournament organiser and is currently working towards county umpire qualification.

Appointed Directors

Sara Sutcliffe (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.

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.

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.

Andrew Nixon

Andrew is a sports lawyer and Head of the Sports Group at Sheridans. He also sits on the Editorial Board for Law in Sport.

He advises sports sector stakeholders on governance, commercial and regulatory matters. His clients include several governing bodies, rights holders, sports data companies, sports clubs, sports agencies, sponsors and individual athletes

He lives in London and has played table tennis for Ireland at junior level.

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.

Kelly Skeggs

Kelly is a qualified solicitor who studied at the University of East Anglia and at Anglia Ruskin University and is also a talented table tennis player who has appeared in the upper reaches of Table Tennis England’s Senior Women ranking list.

Kelly is the founder and a director of The Football People Ltd, which provides legal and administrative support to professional football clubs.

She was previously Company Secretary of Bristol City FC and has also worked for Hull City, Ipswich Town and Tottenham Hotspur.

Mike Smith

Mike, now retired, spent his career working at Leicester and Nottingham Universities where he held senior management roles within Information Services, running libraries and then specialising in finance and human resources for the whole of Information Services.

He started playing in the Hastings League in 1959 and still plays in the Leicester League for Knighton Park. His involvement in table tennis administration began as club secretary for Leicester University and has encompassed a large variety of roles in club, league, county, regional, schools, universities and para table tennis – all of which he still is involved in, primarily in local development and competitions as well as administration roles.

Nationally, he became Regional Chairman East Midlands in 1993 and Vice-Chairman (Administration) 1997-2003 and 2013-14 before becoming an Appointed Director. He is an Honorary Life Member of Table Tennis England.

He has been involved in British Para Table Tennis since 2005 and is currently Company Secretary.


Total Attachments: 16

Governance & Risk Committee Terms of Reference

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Finance Committee Terms of Reference

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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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