Management Committee

The Management Committee

The Yorkshire Tennis Management Committee is made up of the following people.

Chairman John Crowther John has been Chairman of Yorkshire Tennis since 2016 with his present term ending at the end of 2019. He has spent the last 21 years working in a wide range of sports both as a volunteer and executive. After a successful career in industry ending as Chief Executive of Vickers defence Systems, he joined the LTA as Chief Executive in 1997. Leaving some 9 years later he has held a number of national and regional positions including Chairman of the Amateur Swimming Association, North Yorkshire Sport and sat on the Boards of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sport Leaders UK, Sheffield City Trust and Leeds Career Guidance. John has played tennis all his life continues to enjoy club level singles and doubles.
Treasurer Ian Hargreaves

Worked in management roles for ICI Fibres 1966-1993 and DuPont 1993-1998. Joined ICI Fibres Harrogate Tennis Club and was a Committee member (various roles) 1967-1983.

On the demise of ICI Harrogate TC, was a founder member of Knaresborough Tennis Club in 1984, Chairman 1984-1993 and Treasurer 1994-2010. KTC became Knaresborough King James’s Tennis Club in 2011 after the Club initiated the upgrade of courts at King James’s School. Was Treasurer 2011-2015 and Membership Secretary 2016 to date.

Was Secretary of Harrogate and District Tennis League for 40 years 1975-2014, and President 2015 to date.

For the Yorkshire Lawn Tennis Association was Area Representative (Harrogate District) 1998-2013, member of the Marketing & Administration Committee 1999-2002 (Chairman 2001-2002), and Secretary 2005-2013. Has been a member of the Management Committee since 2003, and Treasurer and Chairman of the Audit & Finance Committee since 2014.

Other interests are mountain walking with the Gritstone Club (Treasurer 2007 to date), golf, travel, theatre, opera and classical music.

Secretary Alison Steel – Administrator  
Committee Members Angela Crossley

Angela is Head Coach at Angela Crossley Tennis Coaching based in the Wetherby & Harrogate areas. She is also an LTA tutor delivering UKCC level 1 & 2 courses.

“I have a passion for growing tennis in the area and enjoying working with all ages and abilities. Being on the YLTA Management committee helps me be part of the fabric of tennis in the county”

Geoff Newton (President) It is a great honour to be elected Yorkshire President, having been closely associated with the County for much of my life, playing at Adel and Chapel Allerton in Leeds, as a junior, and representing Yorkshire at both junior and senior level over many years. My father was a great supporter of Yorkshire tennis, and indeed was himself elected President in 1983. I was fortunate to become Yorkshire champion at all age groups and went on to represent Great Britain in the Galea Cup and play in the Wimbledon Championships, albeit many years ago!
Don Stewart (Chair Club, County, Community and Schools Committee) A career Civil Servant, who worked in Whitehall, the North West and Yorkshire for over 40 years, Don worked latterly for Yorkshire Forward, Welcome to Yorkshire, and YMBW Ltd, before retiring from paid employment in 2011. He now Chairs the Club, County, Community and Education Committee for YT, looking after Advantage Yorkshire, YT’s financial benefit package for member Clubs. Still actively playing Tennis at Heaton in Bradford socially and competitively, Don is the district Councillor for Bradford as well as looking after other Clubs with particular issues. He lives in the Pennines with Ruth and between them they have five children and currently two cats. Outside Tennis he is a Trustee of the Yorkshire Film Archive, a keen Formula 1 motor racing fan and having been born in Suffolk a life long Ipswich Town Football Club supporter.
Carolyn Rothwell (Chair Yorkshire Tennis Competitions Committee) As the Chair of the Yorkshire Tennis Competitions Committee – we organise tennis competition for Yorkshire Tennis clubs and players. This includes the annual Yorkshire Championships, open to those aged 8years and over and an Inclusive Yorkshire Tennis Event is held at the Championships. The event is held over the last week of August. There are trophies for winners and runners-up of all age groups, and the title Yorkshire Champion is one to be treasured for ever. REgional qualifying events have also been introduced recently. There is also a Seniors event which will be run at JCCS this year for the first time. We also run The Yorkshire League which is a doubles league with divisions for men and women playing in Yorkshire Clubs, and this is run by Heidi Wragg with matches played from April to September. LTA events such as Road to Wimbledon, Team Tennis, Team Challenge, and new initiatives are also supported and encouraged.
Adrian Waite (LTA Councillor and LTA Tennis Development Committee)

Adrian is the LTA Councillor for Yorkshire, a role that he has held since 2015. Councillors work alongside the LTA in supporting the delivery of the British Tennis Strategy, and are a communications link between the LTA and their county association.

Adrian has also been on the Tennis Development Committee of the LTA since 2017 and this group supports the LTA Executives in delivering their primary strategic objectives.

In his spare time away from tennis volunteering, Adrian has a full-time job (!) as Chief Executive of a business centre in South Yorkshire. He is still an active league player and occasional tennis coach.

Karen Mitchell (Chair Performance and Talent ID Committee) Karen Mitchell, LTA accredited +coach, LTA Tutor and Chair of Yorkshire’s Performance, and Talent ID Committee. My aim is to help Yorkshire Tennis players be the best they can be, represent their County with passion, grow the game through our club’s and venues to create a player pathway for all.
Chris Day (Chair Initiative Committee) Chris started playing tennis at a young age when his father took him to the local park to play. This led to a lifelong love of tennis as both a player and as a volunteer. Chris has just completed a 3-year term as President of Yorkshire Tennis and is now Chair of the Initiative Committee. This involves raising income from sponsors and patrons which contribute to Yorkshire tennis activities particularly junior development and grass roots tennis. Chris is also Chairman of Barnsley Tennis Club which has recently expanded and upgraded its facilities. He also plays tennis for his Club as well as representing the Yorkshire over 60s county veterans team.