Committee Members


Colin Patterson - President

Colin has been a member since 1975 and is the longest serving committee officer totalling 42 years he was elected as president in 2006. Added to that he has also been the longest serving Chair/ Captain/Vice Captain and Match Secretary the club has had. He also secured funding for the club’s development and is chair of the Wendover Society Trust. Colin no longer plays tennis but continues to devote his time to running the club and fundraising.
Colin was awarded an MBE in 1982 for his services to employee/industrial relations and race relations and in particular in Londonderry.

Elisabeth Branton - Club Chair and Welfare Officer

Liz has been a playing member of Wendover Tennis Club, along with her three children for 20 years. She initially joined the committee as the Ladies Captain, then became Vice Chair for a year before taking over as the Chair in 2015. As a committed member of the Bromley tennis community, Liz proactively involves herself in the development of the club, securing funding from the LTA for court resurfacing, as well as ensuring that the club continues to offer our members a safe, fun and inclusive environment in which to play tennis, meet people and socialise.
Recently Liz has taken steps to become involved in coaching and having gained Level 1 last year is on the road to becoming more involved in encouraging children and adults to take up the sport.

Steve Grisbrook - Vice Chairman

Steve has been a member at the club for over 25 years. He is friendly and approachable and helps out around the club doing odd jobs and gardening whilst assisting Liz with the running of the club. Steve enjoys playing tennis and is happy to join in with anyone who wants to play. Steve would be the first to admit that his style of tennis is not to be encouraged but would recommend the coaching at the club as being first class. Steve still dreams of being in the first team and enjoys playing both social and competitive tennis.

Joe Edwards - Finance and Membership

Joe has been playing at Bromley Wendover for the past 30 years starting as a junior and now representing the club at senior level. He currently captain the men’s 1st team whilst his wife, Catherine, captains the mixed first team.
He has been looking after the membership and finance of the club for the last 5 years.

Julian Rouse - Club Development Director

Julian moved into Glanville road where the club is situated and felt obliged to join the club since he walked past it every day.
25 years later, although moving away he is still a member of the club. Julian has been a Wendover team match player since joining playing at all levels and now captains the men’s Vets 1 team.
Julian’s background is in Project Management, working in the Leisure and Charity sector. He is heading up development issues for Wendover and is currently leading on the building of a new club house.

Georgina Raeburn - Ladies Captain and Welfare Officer

Georgina lives in Bromley and has her own HR Consultancy business. She took up tennis 7 years ago at South Hill Woods and joined Wendover in 2014. She loves playing Ladies doubles and Mixed doubles and has also been known to take part in the ladies singles in the Aegon tournament. As Ladies Captain, she coordinates the teams, looks for players and encourages people to take part by organising practice sessions and help to run club tournaments.

Raphael Urbani - Mens Captain

Raphael lives in West Wickham but grew up in Avignon, France. He started playing tennis as a teenager and moved to the UK 14 years ago. Raph has been a member since 2013 and coordinates all mens’ tennis teams and ensures that players from all levels take part. He also organises men’s practice sessions on a regular basis which are both social and competitive. Raph also organises regular social tennis events such as american tournaments, the annual wendover club tournament in order to have members playing as much tennis as possible.

Teresa Lyng - Fixtures Secretary

Teresa has been a member of Wendover and a committee member for almost 20 years. She plays in the ladies 1, mixed teams and singles (under duress!). Teresa is level 1 coaching qualified which enable her to help coach the juniors for a while and is also a qualified LTA referee. She has been fixtures secretary with a little break for over 12 years. Teresa loves every minute of being a member of a relatively small sized but big in heart tennis club.

Val Patterson - Wendover Society Secretary

Val has been a member since 1976 and has served on the committee for 36 years. In this time, she has been Ladies captain, Treasurer and Membership secretary. Val represented Wendover on Bromley Sports Council and Sport England committees in order to obtain lottery funding for the club. She assisted Colin in obtaining licence from LBB and the police for the club to operate its 1st bar. Val arranged and oversaw internal improvements to the clubhouse and ran the bar and social events for the club for many years alongside her daughter Jackie. Val still enjoys playing tennis and is part of the Ladies 3 team.

Richard Ellison - Technology/Website

Richard joined Wendover when he was bought tennis lessons as a present for his 40th birthday in 2009. He has enjoyed playing social and team tennis since then.
He became a member of the committee in 2011, taking on responsibility for the website and redesigning it to bring it up to date at that point and has been involved in other technical aspects including installing wifi. He is also behind the technical aspects of the current redevelopment for the website and its fresh new look.

Louise Halsey - Marketing

Louise has been a member for 9 years and lives in Shortlands. She enjoys playing ladies doubles and captains the NK2 Ladies team.
She played a key role in the new logo for the club and has worked on updating and developing the new look website. Louise is working on new ideas and initiatives to raise funds for a new clubhouse.

Sarah Flotel - Social and Events

Representing the social side of Wendover tennis club is Sarah Flotel, member since 2016. As a professional singer, songwriter and DJ she brings creativity to the Wendover calendar and has a drive to make many events child friendly – late afternoon family discos are certainly on the cards for 2018.
Sarah’s experience in the entertainments industry will be put to full use on the social committee. She is also passionate about sustainability, reducing waste, nutrition, ethical eating and being very creative on a budget.
Sarah is presently captain of the women’s second team in Kent and the mixed second team in North Kent and if she won the lottery she would train like a pro tennis player – just for fun……..

Farhad Tadyon - Head Coach

Farhad brings a wealth of experience to the club from over 20 years of coaching having qualified at the tender age of eighteen.

His love of tennis began as a junior spending every spare minute on the courts and his hard work and dedication paid off when his tennis abilities won him a full scholarship to attend an NCAA Division I university in the United States. He was captain of the World Group II Davis Cup team in 1999/2000 with singles wins to take the team through to the semi-final stages and has also competed on the ITF tennis circuit with numerous wins over world-ranked players.