The Trustees of English Bridge Education & Development have committed their time as volunteers because they want to build a generation of new bridge players, who can both derive pleasure and gain benefit from the game - and are now developing detailed programmes to support the charity’s objectives.

Ian Sidgwick, Chair of Trustees

Bridge is one of the best things that I learnt at school. Later I played at university, joining the student team and became secretary of the Bridge Society and team captain. Apart from some social bridge during the early eighties when an expat in Nigeria I didn’t play for over 30 years, then I came back to it and my enthusiasm instantly returned. I’m President of my county association here in Gloucestershire and an elected board member of the EBU.

My career was mostly in the pharmaceutical industry moving from production to supply chain to international procurement, I also delivered in-house training courses in Europe, North America and Japan. My last 10 years of employment was as purchasing director for The Jockey Club. Now retired but busy.

Bridge is such a great game, so many more people would benefit from learning it. I wish to contribute to achieving that.

Abbey Smith

Abbey Smith has been a full time bridge teacher since 2011. She set up her own bridge club in January 2012 and this has grown to around 200 members. She strongly believes that Bridge is a game that should be enjoyed, and her teaching and bridge club reflect that.

Abbey has previously worked for the EBU in the Education department and has played bridge for both England Ladies and England Juniors.

Abbey is currently on the Selection Committee and is the Junior Liaison Officer. She is also the safe-guarding officer for the EBU.

Paul Gibbons