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.
Following a long career with Barclays Bank plc where he held a number of national leadership roles and worked as a director at board level, Gary led a major charity for blind and partially sighted people for several years as CEO . He currently holds a small portfolio of lay advisory and board roles in the public sector in the areas of NHS, social care and healthcare regulation.
Gary is a keen Bridge teacher and is an EBTA member where he has "professional " status. He has the Club Tournament Director qualification and has a specific focus on teaching matters within his EBED role.
Jeremy is a former Deputy Head at a school in North London where he also held responsibility for IT in addition to his teaching responsibilities, and has been active in bridge administration at local, county and national level since his student days, as well as having represented England on several occasions. Jeremy was formerly the Chairman of the Laws and Ethics Committee, Vice Chairman of the Board and is currently Chairman of the English Bridge Union.
Bernard is a former project manager of communication satellite programmes and subsequently managing director of an electronics company supplying equipment to the space industry. Since retirement he has been involved with a number of charities as a trustee and chairperson. He became treasurer of Hertfordshire Bridge Association in 2002 and President from 2008 to 2014. Bernard was the recipient of a Dimmie Fleming Award for services to bridge in 2016.
Mike has been involved in Bridge Administration for thirty years. His contribution at club level (BP; London Business Houses) has been considerable. At county level he has served as Chairman of London twice. He acted as EBU Treasurer during the introduction of Universal Membership, and was presented with the EBU's Silver Award, for services to bridge in England, in 2014.
Andy spent his working career as a corporate financier in the City. He was a director of the merchant bank Charterhouse before co-founding a mergers and acquisitions business, Amethyst, which he ran for over a decade. He read physics at St John’s College in Oxford and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He was Chairman of Woking Bridge Club before moving to Berkshire where he currently plays his bridge at Ascot and South Bucks bridge clubs.
Andrew has been a JP for ten years after a long career with British Aerospace, starting in R&D, moving into senior management and finishing as an HR Director on the Board of three of its businesses. He has a degree from Cambridge University, a PhD from Leeds and a Diploma in Management Studies. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a former Chartered Engineer. Andrew is former Treasurer and Vice-Chairman of the English Bridge Union and has also served as Chairman of the EBU's Tournament Committee.
Caroline was formerly Executive Director for an international medical charity and is currently a member of the first tier tax tribunal, in addition to providing scientific consultancy services and lecturing in medicine at Imperial College. She has published over 80 scientific papers and editorial articles in major journals such as Nature, PNAS, Diabetes and JCI.
David is retired from a career in education that covered all of his working life. He started as a secondary school teacher in Hull, moved on to be an Education Officer with Sheffield City Council (including a year as Acting Director of Education) and finished as a Consultant working with a wide range of local authorities all over England, Scotland and Wales. He has been extensively involved in Bridge Administration with the Hull and Sheffield clubs and the YCBA.
Dom is an ex-professor of Strategic Management and Dean of the Business School at Wolverhampton University. He is an active bridge teacher, an EBU trained Tournament Director and associated with many bridge clubs in the Shropshire area.