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Meet the marketing and communications team

Meet the team who are redefining the way the sport is communicated and promoted.


Paul Makinen

Paul Makinen

Head of Marketing and Insight

Paul’s background in research and data-driven marketing is used to good effect at England Squash, gathering insight to develop effective strategies, programmes, initiatives and campaigns. He is also responsible for managing the squash database and project managing the development of the new website. Paul is passionate about rugby, and still drags himself out onto the pitch most weeks. He also admits to hacking around on a squash court, and also enjoys playing touch rugby, running, cycling and the gym.


Get in touch with Paul: paul.makinen@englandsquash.com


Donna Helmer

Donna Helmer

Content and Communications Manager

Donna brings more than 18 years’ digital experience to England Squash and jumped at the chance to raise the profile of squash. Donna manages communications including PR, web and social media. Prior to joining England Squash, Donna worked on a number of high profiles brands at the BBC including Blue Peter, Spooks and Casualty. Aside from squash, playing hockey and entertaining two young kids keeps her on her toes.


Get in touch with Donna: donna.helmer@englandsquash.com

Andrew Pilling

Andrew Pilling

Project Support Officer

Andrew provides administration for a number of squash events and tournaments including the inter-counties. He also oversees the England Squash Foundation and provides support to facilities.

Graduating from Liverpool Hope University with a degree in sports development and law, Andrew's worked as a PE teacher in schools across the North West as well as volunteering in South Africa. He lived in the United States for three years where he worked as a Head Football Coach and Events Co-ordinator at the FC USA Texas Academy and a number of high schools.

In his spare time, Andrew coaches junior football and enjoys playing sport, travelling and cooking.

Get in touch with Andrew: andrew.pilling@englandsquash.com