The Board consists of six Directors, a Treasurer and a Secretary. It is elected by the votes of a majority of the Club members present at the Annual General Meeting. The Chairman is elected by the Board from amongst the Directors at the first Board Meeting following the AGM. At the AGM, the two senior Directors in length of service must retire in rotation and two members may be elected in their place. The Treasurer and Secretary are elected annually.
Current Board members
I joined the Club in 1976 with my wife, Diane, mainly to play squash when living in New Barn but found it too far to walk after a few pints of real ale that I could not resist. So, in 1981 we moved to Hartley. I was a member of the tennis section for about three years, but I could not get rid of my squash back hand cut shot so my standard did not improve, Diane and I are now active members of the petanque section which we thoroughly enjoy.
I am a mechanical engineer, starting my working life on the design and manufacture of the first channel tunnel boring machine in the late sixties and then moved on to lead and silver refining including spending two years in a mining town in the outback of Australia and finally into the research and development of lead acid batteries for electric vehicles.
I've been a member of the Hartley Country Club since 1977 and over the years have enjoyed playing in the Squash, Cricket and Petanque Section teams. I joined the Board in 2008 and currently serve in the capacity of Honorary Secretary and Vice Chairman.
I am married to Julie and have three children, Emily, Beth and James (who is a third generation club member)
I joined HCC in 1985 and have been an active member of both the Tennis and Squash and Racketball sections since that time. I am an associate CGMA accountant and have been the Treasurer of the club since 1995.
I was born in Hartley 70 years ago and have lived in the village ever since. I am married to Wendy who has worked in the Local GP surgery and then at the Library. We have 2 children - John, our son, played cricket at HCC until he left to go to university. We are both now retired.
My family have been connected to HCC from the beginning as my grandfather was one of the founder members. I have been a member of the club for over 50 years. I played cricket there for many years and am now a member of the Petanque section. This is my second time working on the board and my responsibility is for the grounds, which I enjoy very much. A pleasant change from my career in engineering.
Born in Brighton, I moved to Hartley in 1991 with my family and became a member of the country club in 1995. Since then, I have represented the club at both cricket and snooker. I am now simply a social member whilst still belonging to the snooker section. Now retired, my professional career was devoted to financial services, spending over 30 years working for organisations that include the Alliance, Woolwich and Leicester Building Societies, Barclays Bank and CAF Bank (a division of the Charities Aid Foundation). Professionally qualified in regulatory compliance, my other areas of specialism include risk management, operational rigour, audit and financial control, all of which I envisage will be of benefit during my time as a director of the club. I am a regular visitor to the club (frequently found watching my lifelong passion of football) so if there is anything anyone, as a member, wishes to discuss with me, please feel free to approach me - I don’t bite!!
I am 75 years old, married to Janice and we both enjoy the social life in the Club. I have always played and been involved with a variety of sports and we regularly play in the Golf Society events and I, rashly at my age, recently joined the Table Tennis Section. I joined the Board in April 2014. I qualified as an Architect in the early sixties and spent a career involved with large scale construction projects until I retired from full time practice in 1999. I continued as a consultant advising clients in France, Switzerland and Holland until June 2013. I have also served as a non executive director for LRQA and was Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Buildings. Perhaps more relevant, with regard to the Club, I was a Director at Rochester and Cobham Golf Club for 6 years, chairing their Membership Committee and serving on the House Committee.
Since my mum would take me to the Club while she played Tennis at about the age of three, the place has been a huge part of my life. In 1977 we moved to Round Ash Way, where we had a gate into the Club grounds which meant I encountered a "mis-spent youth" there. In my late teens and early twenties I regularly worked behind the bar, taking responsibility for it whilst the Club was without a steward. I played cricket from a very early age progressing through the Colts to the senior teams and was a regular member of the 1st XI for a few years and still like to turn out now when my work permits.
By profession I am a sports photographer with a background covering all sports mainly for two national newspapers (Today and The Daily Mirror). Currently I specialise in golf which takes me to all the big tournaments around the world working for one of the major sponsors for whom I work very closely with the sponsorship, advertising and PR departments.
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