WISPA Board Announces New Beginning
The Women's International Squash Players' Association
(WISPA) today announced the following new executive team to
lead WISPA with immediate effect:
1. Samantha Mueller - Chief Administration Officer
2. Tim Garner - Tour Director
3. Stewart Binns - Broadcast & Development Consultant
4. Ian Robinson - Special Projects
Co-opted Board Members: Jenny Denyer (nee Tranfield)
and Peter Goodman.
WISPA is extremely delighted to be able to count on the
services of such a talented group of individuals, many of
whom have had significant involvement in the world of
squash, in addition to being experts in their field.
"We have been very fortunate to have had such strong
interest shown during our search for a talented team," said
Natalie Grainger, the Association's President. "I feel
more confident than ever that we are now in a position to
build on WISPA's past success and lead Women's Squash to new
In order to ensure a smooth transition to the new structure,
the team will report into WISPA Chairman Ingrid
Lofdahl-Bentzer to ensure continuity.
In addition to the new team, WISPA will also be moving
offices to a prestigious new address in London at the famous
"This represents a significant milestone in WISPA's
history," added Lofdahl-Bentzer. "We are excited about the
new team and the new beginning at Queen's Club and we look
forward to welcoming all the WISPA family and friends to our
new home in London."
President Grainger In New
WISPA today announced that current president Natalie
Grainger will be assuming the role as WISPA Principal
with immediate effect.
"Natalie has been WISPA's President for over six years, and
will assume her extended role until a suitable permanent
candidate is found, allowing us to begin the transition from
former CEO Andrew Shelley immediately," explained WISPA
Chairman Ingrid Lofdahl-Bentzer.
"Natalie's appointment has been unanimously agreed by all
members of the WISPA Board and it serves to ensure that the
association receives the full attention it deserves
throughout the transition period for the benefit of its
Grainger stated: "I am delighted to serve the association to
the fullest, particularly during this transition period.
WISPA has a tremendously successful history and it is vital
that during this interim period we do not lose any momentum.
I am of course extremely familiar with players, promoters
and stakeholders in our sport and am committed to ensuring
WISPA’s best interests are maintained."
The Board are delighted that Natalie has agreed to the
appointment to ensure a smooth transition. "We are very
fortunate that Natalie has agreed to take up a role at the
helm, for which she is eminently qualified," added the
Chairman. "Work has already begun in the search for a
permanent CEO and we have been very encouraged by the
quality of some of the potential candidates."
WISPA Board Announces Changes
The Women's International Squash Players' Association has
announced that Andrew Shelley will be stepping down
as WISPA Chief Executive Officer. He has been WISPA's CEO
for over 15 years, and has played a pivotal role both in
building the sport and in ensuring the well being of its
Whilst his decision is certainly a loss to the association,
Andrew has given his commitment to stay on to ensure a
smooth transition is achieved, and that the continuity of
the association is maintained. He has offered to continue
supporting WISPA into the future.
have had fifteen wonderful years serving an evolving but
always great group of young women," said Andrew Shelley.
"They are committed, great athletes and superb ambassadors
so it has been a privilege. And while nothing is forever, I
plan to live and breathe WISPA just as keenly in the
The Board is incredibly grateful for all his dedication and
commitment, and will work closely to ensure that the sport
continues to grow and that the well-being of the WISPA
members is maintained.
"I would like to thank Andrew on behalf of the Board and all
the players for all his wonderful work," added Natalie
Grainger, WISPA President.
"We are all deeply indebted to him for having nurtured WISPA
into becoming a global success story. Whilst we are
extremely saddened to see him leave, we are of course
respectful of his decision to move on.
"We would like to wish him all the best for the future and
are grateful that he has offered to continue to help steer
us into the next chapter of our history."
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