Meet the Team

Meet the team that makes Rackets Cubed possible and the journey a possibility.

 

Michael Hill

FOUNDER & CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

Michael is an Investor in selected Technology / Healthcare and Philanthropic Enterprises. Passionate, if not talented, squash and tennis player.

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Previously nearly 25 years in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Barclays, in New York, London and Frankfurt

Trustee on the Professional Squash Association Foundation.

MBA from INSEAD and MA in Engineering Science from Oxford University.

Geoff Newton

PRESIDENT

Previously Senior Executive for Marks & Spencer and P&O: Director of Olympic Opportunity for 2012 Olympic/Paralympic Games: CEO of the Tennis Foundation.

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Geoff focussed on opening up the sport for young people, the disabled and the disadvantaged.

A strong advocate of Sport for Development: number of Non Exec roles, inc Vice Chair of the British Paralympic Association, and President of Yorkshire Tennis.

Previously a Director of the All England Club and now Vice President.

Nikki Rossner

CEO

Nikki is passionate about working and supporting young people and joined Rackets Cubed early on to help develop the core programme and build school connections.

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Her background includes nearly 20 years in state secondary education and 15 years in the charity sector.

During the Pandemic Nikki developed and led the Community Box programme which continues to support 1000 families per week in 19 hubs across the country.

Nikki is happiest outside and has been known to hit a tennis ball in the occasional match.

Johanna Åfors

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Johanna oversees the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the charity.

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In a past life Johanna worked in marketing and as a consultant within the IT industry.

Carrie Cantle

Carrie Cantle

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR 

Carrie is an ex-professional squash player, with British and European titles under her belt. Based in Leeds, she has had over 10 year’s experience in coaching.

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Carrie is also the founder and director of CAS Academy at Chapel Allerton Tennis & Squash Club.

Carrie’s passion for rackets sports and participation for all is what led her to become involved with Rackets Cubed.

As Programme director, Carrie is responsible for overseeing our programmes across the country.

Carrie Cantle

Dan Trump

SCHOOLS PROGRAMME ASSISTANT

Dan is an ex-primary school teacher & maths coordinator. He assists in the management and running of our Core programmes. 

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Having been a teacher on one of our London programmes, Dan decided to leave teaching and join Rackets Cubed after seeing the incredible work that we do. Dan believes passionately in providing children with equal opportunities.

Dan enjoys playing tennis and squash, hiking, building LEGO and often spends his weekends supporting Fulham Football Club not far from our London office!

 

Carrie Cantle

Nat Price

HUB MANAGER

Nat is our Hub Manager. She manages and runs our social supermarket, The Roehampton Community Box, based at our London office.

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She is passionate about fighting food poverty. She has many years of experience in managing and running food projects for the community and ran a food hub for Lambeth during lockdown. She also has experience of working as a head chef and kitchen manager, using food that would of gone to waste to feed the community.

Nat is also a trained youth worker/mentor and has worked for many years in Roehampton.

Nat enjoys, cooking up new vegan meals, Being by the sea, black and white film photography, boxing training and supporting her not so local women’s and men’s football team-Clapton FC (I wont mention Arsenal too).

Our Area Programme Managers

Jules Silvera

Jules Silvera

NORTH WEST

Jules is a Sport & Exercise Psychology MSc graduate and qualified squash coach with 6 years coaching experience. He is based in Manchester where he coaches at The Northern Tennis & Squash Club. 

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His passion for sport, talent development, and participation has led him to work with talented athletes in swimming, taekwondo, Rugby League and squash. He is currently based in Manchester where he works as Head of Squash at The Northern Lawn Tennis Club.

His belief in the positive influence sport can have on young people is what led him to take on the role of area programme manager at Rackets Cubed.

BECKY DOWNES

Becky Downes

LONDON

Becky has been involved in Primary Education for over twenty years. She loves teaching children of all ages and has experienced many roles across varying positions.

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Her biggest love is spending time with her family and friends playing both Tennis and Padel. She loves to be active and believes this helps keep the mind body and soul happy and healthy.

Becky joined Rackets Cubed to support her passion in encouraging active children and to help provide opportunities for all.

Our Trustees

VICKY EVANS

Michael Hill

FOUNDER & CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

Michael is an Investor in selected Technology / Healthcare and Philanthropic Enterprises. Passionate, if not talented, squash and tennis player.

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Previously nearly 25 years in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Barclays, in New York, London and Frankfurt

Trustee on the Professional Squash Association Foundation.

MBA from INSEAD and MA in Engineering Science from Oxford University.

Jules Silvera

Sheila Forster

TRUSTEE

Sheila is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at Fitmedia Ltd.

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Sheila has over fourteen years working in the community sports, health and well-being environment.

Her experience includes project management, implementing new sport-related Central Government strategies for schools and implementing a range of initiatives to engender positive change in urban communities.

Fontaine Wright

Cavin O'Driscoll

TRUSTEE

Passionate squash player from an early age and continues to play veterans for the Roehampton Club and in events around the country.

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Strong proponent of the potential benefits offered to children from sports based out-reach programmes. Advocate of continued learning support for children and nutritional education.

Gained an MSc in Econometrics from London Guildhall University and BSc Economics graduate from University of Bath.

BECKY DOWNES

Serena White

TRUSTEE

Serena, a member of the Roehampton club since 1995, is a keen tennis player and Simon, her husband, was Chairman of the tennis committee from 2010-2013.

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After graduating from Exeter University in 1986 Serena worked in Australia, Thailand and Hong Kong before taking a position in the equities department at BZW in 1989, moving to CSFB in 1997 as Vice President in the equity division.

She has three sons who are all keen squash and tennis players.

VICKY EVANS

Anne Keothavong

TRUSTEE

Anne is the current Fed Cup Captain, ex-British number 1, WTA career high 48.

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She is now a tennis commentator and analyst for ITV, BBC, Prime Video Sports and Fox Sports Asia.

Jules Silvera

Bruce Walker

TRUSTEE

Founder and CEO of Layland Walker a leading Asset Management business in Healthcare Real Estate.

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Former Captain of Tennis at Roehampton Club and current playing captain of Surrey County Seniors team.

Fontaine Wright

Richard Ford

TRUSTEE

Rick is a Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a degree from Edinburgh University.

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Ric is a keen squash and tennis player at Roehampton club where he has been a board member, Chairman and Captain of Squash.

BECKY DOWNES

Emma Lewis

TRUSTEE

Emma is the Headteacher of Heathmere Primary School which is located on the Alton Estate in Roehampton, Wandsworth.

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She has led the school’s journey from Requiring Improvement to Good while honouring a commitment to build a sustainable model of school improvement for the children and community of Roehampton.

She advocates for the role that primary schools should play in early intervention.

VICKY EVANS

Kathryn Bartram

TRUSTEE

Development and External Relations Director at Reed’s School and the Andrew Reed Foundation.

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Kathryn is passionate about applying her skills and knowledge to supporting vulnerable children who have experience family trauma, by providing them with a forward-looking educational based on outstanding pastoral care.

Kathryn received an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; she also holds a BA in Economics & Mathematics from Colby College, Maine and completed the General Course in Statistics & Mathematics from the London School of Economics. Prior to Reed’s Kathryn worked for The Federal Reserve Bank, McKinsey & Co and Citigroup.

Jules Silvera

Michael Holland

TRUSTEE

Mike is a keen Squash and Tennis player at the Roehampton Club and Chairman of Squash for many years.

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Active fund raiser for many charities, and will act as Business Patron at Rackets Cubed.

Retired after many years in the London broking sector.

Fontaine Wright

Alison Jacobs

TRUSTEE

Ali qualified as a lawyer but gave up career to raise family of four children.

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Ali is a very keen sportswoman, playing competitive golf and tennis and wanted to be involved with RacketsCubed as she feels passionately about education and physical exercise being essential for the health and well-being of young people.

Our Pro Player Ambassadors

VICKY EVANS

Sarah-Jane Perry

Sarah-Jane Perry has established herself as England’s best player over the last few seasons, and broke into the top five in the World Rankings for the first time in the summer of 2020

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Kathryn is passionate about applying her skills and knowledge to supporting vulnerable children who have experience family trauma, by providing them with a forward-looking educational based on outstanding pastoral care.

Kathryn received an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; she also holds a BA in Economics & Mathematics from Colby College, Maine and completed the General Course in Statistics & Mathematics from the London School of Economics. Prior to Reed’s Kathryn worked for The Federal Reserve Bank, McKinsey & Co and Citigroup.

Jules Silvera

Joe Salisbury

Joe Salisbury is a British professional tennis player. He is a doubles specialist who has reached a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 3.

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Active fund raiser for many charities, and will act as Business Patron at Rackets Cubed.

Retired after many years in the London broking sector.

Fontaine Wright

Alison Waters

Alison Waters is a professional squash player from England. Waters won the British National Squash Championships in February 2010 and has achieved a High Squash World Ranking of 4.

Fontaine Wright

Tom Richards

Tom Richards is a professional squash player who represents England with a career-high world ranking of World No. 12

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