Trustees

James Acheson-Gray

James Acheson-Gray

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.

Gill Brook

Gill Brook

In joining GIYM as a Trustee Gill brings to the Charity vast experience of tennis. Gill was Yorkshire junior champion in all age categories before going on to represent the University of Hawaii as their No.1 player, graduating in 1982 with 'special honours'.

Following on from University, Gill continued with her tennis adventures, competing in the qualifying event at The Wimbledon Championships and playing competitive German Club League tennis, before taking up a role as the Gloucestershire Junior and Senior County coach.

In more recent year, despite a hugely active role supporting husband Philip in his endeavours as Chairman of The All England Lawn Tennis Club (“AELTC”), Gill nevertheless remains active on the tennis court and devotes much time to working with juniors of all ages and standards. Since 2007 Gill has been heavily involved with the AELTC’s Wimbledon Junior Initiative Programme (WJTI), including working on court alongside Head Coach Dan Bloxham. In 2016 Gill accepted an ambassadorial role with the Tennis Foundation assisting wheelchair tennis athletes.

Gill is delighted to become a GIYM Trustee because she is very passionate about working with children in tennis and believes that tennis can teach children standards, morals and meaningful life skills through participation in the sport.

Debs Burles

Debs Burles

Give It Your Max is delighted to announce that Debs Burles has agreed to become a GIYM Trustee. Debs currently sits on The Tennis Ball Committee and comes to GIYM with a great deal of experience in events and sponsorship and so we are very fortunate to have Debs join our Trustee Board.

Debs graduated from University of West of England in 1997 and has since spent the majority of her working career in the sports, events, tv and entertainment industry.

Highlights include activating sponsorship programmes for Barclays around the end of year men’s tennis finals at The O2, increasing the profile of Chefs Heston Blumenthal and Clare Smyth, running the retail offering at Eton Dorney during London 2012, management of the TV production of the ATP 1000’s series, as well as various roles at IMG (Highlights being Producing World’s Strongest Man, part of management team of The Wimbledon Shop and sponsor servicing of Senior Men’s Tennis Tour).

Debs now lives in West Sussex with husband Simon (freelance TV sound recordist) and son Alfie, and is very actively involved in village and school life. Having worked in tennis for many years, becoming a trustee of GIYM is a chance for Debs to give something back to the tennis world and she is excited about becoming involved, especially from an events and sponsorship/marketing angle.
Lars Clausen

Lars Clausen

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 Davies

James Davies

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 Dolman

Robert Dolman

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.”

Howard Rudebeck

Howard Rudebeck

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.

Anna Sullivan

Anna Sullivan

Anna is a solicitor, having originally qualified in New Zealand and subsequently in England and Wales.  She graduated with an LLB and BCom from Otago University, New Zealand and a Master’s Degree from Oxford University, United Kingdom.

Her international professional experience has largely been attained in financial services institutions including ten years in the legal function at Barclays; the majority of this experience was in the global headquarters in Canary Wharf however it also included two years living in Africa working for the Bank’s sub-Saharan operations.  Over the past few years, Anna has been an independent consultant focusing on regulatory change and business transformation projects in the United Kingdom and Eurasian markets.  She hopes her broad range of experience will complement the skills and commitment of the existing trustees with a view to building on the Charity’s many success stories.

Anna is a keen tennis fan and plays regularly at Elmwood LTC, her local club in London.  She is delighted to join Give It Your Max as a trustee and is very keen to support the Charity in any way she can.  Anna firmly believes in the Charity’s objectives to teach and develop the tennis skills of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and more broadly improve the wellbeing of those participating in the coaching programmes.

Mike & Tara Stotesbury

Mike & Tara Stotesbury

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 organise 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.

Joy Tacon

Joy Tacon

Joy Tacon was a professional tennis player ranked in the top 200, Captain of England in 1987, played Wimbledon 1985-1988 and recently represented GB at the World Seniors Championships.

Joy is a Trustee of the International Tennis Club Philanthropy Committee; on the RAC's VCR Steering Committee; as well as a speaker for the charity Speakers for Schools.

Joy went to Wycombe Abbey School and then attended the University of Houston as a tennis scholar. She has a BSc in International Finance, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Joy worked in Hong Kong from 1994 to 2011 and ran the Hong Kong subsidiary of a legal technology company. She expanded this to include offices in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere around Asia before the business was sold. Since then Joy has been Managing Director of a private UK investment property company.

Joy is thrilled and honoured to join the GIYM team

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