Meet the National Game team
Meet the team who are helping to develop world-class players and inspire a new generation. To get in touch with the team in relation to Participation, please email email@example.com, or for Performance matters contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Sport
Mark leads the National Game team and is charged with identifying new ways to get people involved in playing squash as well as overseeing the talent pathway. His aim is to transform squash into a vibrant, sustainable and growing sport.
With fourteen years’ experience in squash, he has a good understanding of the sport, the wider landscape and what squash needs to do to thrive. Away from work, Mark enjoys running, playing hockey and spending time with his family.
Head of Strategic Partnerships
Linda works with our key partners including County Associations and the County Association Network (CAN), and the wider squash community to promote and drive the key initiatives of England Squash forward. Her aim is to support the squash network to develop a sustainable and growing sport by improving communication and sharing good practice.
Having been involved in squash since she was 16, from being a player to a coach and a squash mum, Linda has a great drive and passion to see the sport develop to its full potential. She brings not only her sports expertise to the role but also her business networking and marketing background. When not spending time with her family, Linda enjoys running half marathons, horse riding and is often found creating various dishes in the kitchen.
National Education & Pathways Manager
Chris promotes squash development and delivery at schools across the country, driving up the numbers of young players. Chris previously worked in local authorities as a sports development officer, seeing first hand how national sports programmes were implemented at a local level.
He has run the Barcelona, London and Paris marathons, and is a keen Tottenham supporter.
Partnerships and Communities Manager
Jo works with key partners including clubs, county associations and leisure providers to help keep current squash players active and attract new players to the game. She works on initiatives including Squash Girls Can and Squash 101 as well as developing toolkits and resources for clubs.
With a passion for sport from a young age, Jo has worked in various sporting settings including school sport, national governing bodies and the National Trust. Outside of work, Jo loves to travel and enjoys getting outdoors, hiking, cycling and snowboarding, and basically trying anything new.
David was a world junior finalist, before turning his hand to coaching in sports clubs and in junior player development at England Squash. He tutors on coaching courses and is qualified in the England Squash high performance coach award (PG Dip) through Gloucester University.
As National Coach, David develops senior players within our Team England and England Academy programmes and supporting them at numerous PSA tour events around the world. David travels to European and World Championships with Team England as well as being involved in coaching our Commonwealth Games players. Away from squash, David enjoys cycling and spending time with his daughters.
National Junior Coach
Lee is a former touring professional player on the PSA World Tour and began as a club coach at Ardleigh Hall in Essex in 2009. Since then he has been a Regional Assistant coach in the East before becoming National Lead for the Regional programme.
Prior to taking on his current role, he led the U19 boys’ World Team Championship preparations and now leads the England Development Programme (EDP) and Aspire Programme for talented juniors to establish an integrated, inclusive and progressive talent pathway. He has recently completed a High Performance Coaching postgraduate degree and loves watching, studying and talking about the game. Lee enjoys ancient history documentaries and books, when he’s not watching his son play sport.
National Performance Coach
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a sport and exercise science degree, Josh spent a short spell competing on the PSA World Tour gaining valuable insight on operating at a world level.
Josh started coaching at a young age, attaining the role of Head Regional Coach for the East Midlands at 20. Prior to his role with England Squash he was responsible for the Manchester Squash Academy. In two years, Josh turned it back into one of the largest academies in the country with many high-level juniors training out of the National Squash Centre each week with a large base of players through its development pathway, priding itself in the infrastructure developed for sustained success.
Josh has a fascination for squash and sport in general, and loves anything active. Away from squash, he enjoys listening to music and travelling.
High Performance Coach
Paul is proud to have produced five World Top 5 ranked players since joining England Squash when the world-class coaching programme launched in 1998. His successful worldwide travels with the England squad has brought back a haul of three world Women’s Team Championships titles, two World Men’s Championships titles, 17 men's and women's European Team Championships titles, plus a host of Commonwealth Games medals. Paul is now putting his expertise into developing the coaches of the future. Away from squash, Paul enjoys competing for his local running club and spending time with his family and friends.
High Performance Coach
Tania’s experience coming through the junior programme and as a full-time player is a valuable asset in her role as a coach within the England development programme. She understands what the players are going through as she coaches and manages the England junior teams at international team events. She previously held the role of assistant coach, learning from the high performance coaches she worked with. Tania enjoys walking and spending time with family and friends.
Performance Operations Manager
Lou is responsible for the efficient and effective operations of the performance department including managing the administration and logistical support for all major England representational tournaments. She developed her administrative and operational skills whilst working for the Lawn Tennis Association. Lou enjoys life outdoors especially long walks with Freddie the dog.
Kevin’s role is to organise, oversee and administer the coach education programme, events and initiatives. He previously worked as a regional administrator and spent over 10 years in the financial services industry. Kevin is currently studying for a degree in coaching with the Open University and enjoys volunteering in his local community.