Michael is a qualified chartered surveyor who specialised in investment surveying, having worked at Richard Ellis before setting up his own practice. Although now retired, he continues to consult on one or two projects a year.
Mike has played tennis throughout his life, playing for Kent both as a junior and then as a senior. Mike is a member of a number of tennis clubs including Public Schools Old Boys’ LTA, The All England Lawn Tennis Club and the International Lawn Tennis Club of GB. Mike has been a member of both the IC of GB and the AELTC since the mid 1970’s and was captain of the IC of GB in 1994. Other interests include golf and fly fishing. He was President of The Flyfishers' Club in 2005.
Tara has been involved with charitable institutions for much of the past 35 years, ever since joining the RNLI Ball Committee at the age of 16. Within a few years she was instrumental in founding the RNLI Junior Committee, on which she served as Chairman for two years. Tara went on to become a member of the RNLI Central London Committee where she spent a further six years helping to or
ganise fundraising events.
Tara maintained her charity interests whilst raising a family of three children (Freddie, Brook and Max) and moving with the family to Wimbledon in the 1980’s where she became involved with the Roehampton Branch of Save the Children Fund and later served as Chairman
For a three year period, from 1984 to 1986, Tara and Michael organised the International Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain's pre-Wimbledon Ball, held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.
The success of GIYM is largely down to the efforts of both Tara and Michael to stage fund raising events, the most significant of which is the bi-annual 'Tennis Ball'. Other events, such as a golf day, traditionally fill the gap years, but in 2014 Tara and Michael were delighted to host a hugely successful dinner at The All England Club which welcomed Ian Hislop as its guest speaker.
James, a GIYM Trustee since December 2013, is the Managing Director at APCO Worldwide (UK), the world’s second largest independent communication consultancy. Over the past twenty years James has advised companies and organisations around the world and in so doing developed skills which he trusts may prove beneficial to GIYM.
James has been active on the tennis court, having represented Surrey at both junior and senior levels, as well as captaining the Durham University side which won the Universities Championship in 1993. He was the playing captain of the Charterhouse Old Boys team which won D’Abernon Cup in 1998, and by virtue of signing up with a strong partner he was delighted to win the Singapore Open Doubles in 2007. Real tennis is another of James’s interests and he was a member of the British Bathurst Cup team (1996-2005) and has also won a number of amateur doubles titles.
James, who became a GIYM Trustee in December 2013, is passionate about the work of the charity having gained hugely from the sport personally. Tennis is very much a family activity with James’s wife Annabel and their four children all keen players and James himself an enthusiastic member of several tennis clubs and a Director of The Queen’s Club.
John Beddington has spent over 40 years involved at the highest level of international tennis. John was a Senior International Vice President at IMG where he founded IMG’s tournament management division, overseeing many of their events, before enjoying a distinguished career at Tennis Canada, where as Executive Vice President he was responsible for all events and commercial operations. He was Tournament Director/Chairman of the two Canadian Opens in Toronto and Montreal and was instrumental in the evolution of the Rogers Cup into the world-class event on the ATP World Tour and WTA Tour they are today.
John is a highly regarded expert in the field of international sports sponsorship and event management who remains active in the tennis world. In 1997, he founded the Masters Tennis which is held annually at the Royal Albert Hall and has featured the greats of the game such as John McEnroe, Pat Cash, Tim Henman, Boris Becker, Goran Ivanisevic and Stefan Edberg to name just a few. John continues to act as a consultant for several corporations and events and devotes much of his personal time to assisting numerous charities and running the occasional tennis event. John co-founded and is currently the Chairman of “The Tennis Ball”, a bi-annual gala held in London, which raises funds for GIYM and the International Lawn Tennis Club’s Philanthropic Development Programme.
John was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006 and is a member of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and the International Clubs of GB, Canada and the Czech Republic. He has received several organisational awards as a result of his involvement in tennis. Following his departure from Tennis Canada he was praised by that organisation as “the single biggest driving force in the success of the organisation in its 100 year history.
Lars qualified in 1992 from Kingston Business School and was one of the first Erasmus Exchange Students. Today he runs Zoo Communications London, a leading communications strategy agency based in Kingston-Upon-Thames.
Lars is a keen sportsman who enjoys participating in triathlons and who plays his tennis at the Wimbledon Club in the UK and at the Le Touquet Tennis Club in France.
Lars has been involved with GIYM since 2012 and became a Trustee in December 2013. In addition to his work with GIYM, Lars is also heavily involved with the Tennis First charity.
James graduated from Oxford University and joined Freshfields, the City law firm, in 1976 and was a partner specialising in corporate law until 2006. Always a keen sportsman, James has represented Charterhouse in the Arthur Dunne football and Bernard Darwin golf competitions.
He plays tennis enthusiastically if to no great standard. He is a member of the MCC and plays a lot of golf, including for the Senior Golfers and Lucifers Societies. James is Chairman of The Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research, a medical research charity whose mission is clear from its name.
James has over many years been a supporter of Chance To Shine, the cricket charity, whose ideals have much in common with those of GIYM. He has a tennis playing wife, four sporty children and numerous grandchildren. He is delighted and greatly honoured to be a Trustee of GIYM, joining in 2015.
Robert is a Senior Partner at Wedlake Bell, the prestigious independent law firm based in London. Robert was previously a Partner at Baileys, Shaw & Gillett (Solicitors) and also served as Chairman of Family Investments from 1993 to 2010.
Robert has a strong background in tennis, having played at Junior Wimbledon and been Captain of Tennis at Oxford. Robert is a member of the All England Club, the International Club of GB and he still is on the board of Rye Tennis Club and Petworth Real Tennis Club. He considers his appointment as a Trustee on behalf of GIYM a great honor, stating “I very much support the trust's purpose of giving young children from less advantaged backgrounds the chance to play tennis and hopefully to keep on playing.”
Charles qualified as a Solicitor in 1978 and since 2004 he has been a Senior Partner at Hallett and Co. In addition to his work for GIYM, Charles gives his time to numerous charities, schools and sports clubs.
An all-round sportsman and father of three equally sporty children, Charles played junior county hockey and tennis and went on to represent his University in hockey and tennis and now includes golf alongside his love of tennis and field sports.
Charles is very keen to use his connections to promote sport, in particular tennis, as a means to help disadvantaged children.
Howard is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with PwC. He was the financial director of an electronics company for 25 years and is currently a director of three small companies and a consultant to another. He is also a director of Swinley Forest Golf Club Ltd.
Howard brings to GIYM experience of Charity management having been a trustee of Sutton's Hospital for nine years and chairing its finance committee. Howard is currently a Trustee of The Queen's Club and was a member of their Audit Committee for six years and of an ad hoc committee on Governance. Howard was also a magistrate for twenty-one years until 2011.
Howard is a keen tennis player, having played for many years and he is a member of The Queen's Club in London and the Rye Tennis Club in Sussex.
Freddie currently works at the Wimbledon Guild in a voluntary capacity. He is also training in Shared Value, which encourages businesses to collaborate with other organisations including charities. Freddie previously worked as a hedge fund analyst at Credit Suisse.