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.
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.
Jenny brings 20 years experience in the sports industry, working in a range of commercial and marketing roles. She started her career at IMG and has since managed the sponsorship and marketing operations for MLB across Europe and enjoyed eight years at the Rugby Football Union as Head of Commercial Partnerships, where she was heavily involved in developing and delivering the partnerships strategy for a number of major grassroots programmes.
Since leaving the RFU she project managed the first Formula One Esports Series and has spent the last three years at Henley Royal Regatta where she has enjoyed establishing the recently developed partnerships programme, working with a number of high profile global brands. Jenny was also on the Board of Trustees for Interactive, the strategic lead organisation for sport and physical activity for disabled people in London prior to it merging with London Sport.
Jenny has a huge passion for grassroots sport and providing young people with the opportunity to participate and enjoy the benefits that sport can bring. She is honoured to be appointed as a Trustee and excited about the opportunity to be part of delivering the incredible work of GIYM.
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.
Jonathan is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with BDO in 2004. Whilst at BDO, he focused on Corporate Finance transactions. In April 2017, he joined International Schools Partnership (ISP) which is a leading schools group with over 40 schools around the world, teaching over 40,000 students. At ISP, Jonathan is Head of Group M&A, and has helped the group expand through acquisitions of schools.
Jonathan is a dedicated tennis player, having first picked up a racquet when he was 10 years old. He grew up in Bristol where he represented County and Region for tennis, and at the University of Exeter, he was Mens Captain. Since leaving university, Jonathan has been very involved with the Public School Old Boys’ LTA where he is currently the Hon. Secretary. Wanting to give back to the tennis community, Jonathan has, for many years, volunteered in the running of his local club, Epsom LTC.
Jonathan is honoured to join GIYM as a Trustee and is keen to become involved in both the Financial and Social aspects of this admirable charity.
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.”
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Spicer and Pegler Nigel has worked in the investment management industry in the United States as well as the UK. He is currently Chief Executive of Hotchkis & Wiley Limited and a member of the Executive Committee of its parent company in the US. Nigel also serves on the board of two AIM listed natural resources companies.
Nigel is a very keen player of rackets sports. He was a winner of the Public Schools Rackets Championship, captained Bristol University at tennis as well as playing for the British Universities team.
He is delighted now to be involved as a trustee of Give it Your Max which plays such an important role in bringing the game of tennis to an ever wider and more diverse audience of young people.
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 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
Paul Riley is a GP in Merton with an interest in reducing health inequality through public and patient education, with particular attention to the underlying social determinants, and prevention and self-management of, chronic disease.
On the tennis court he represented Surrey County as a junior before captaining Cambridge and a combined Oxbridge and Cambridge team at university. He competed for The Wimbledon Club in national club and county leagues and has represented the International Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain. From 2013-17 he was the tennis chairman of The Wimbledon Club and oversaw the implementation of professionally managed adult and junior programmes with local school and university links.
Through his personal and professional experience Paul is passionate about the profound impact sport and tennis can make on young people’s lives both in terms of their physical and mental health and equipping them with lifelong transferable skills that will prepare them for a successful future. He is delighted to be a trustee of Give It Your Max and support their work to ensure these opportunities are available to children who can benefit most.