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WISPA News 2010

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 heights."

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 Queen's Club.

"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 Expanded Role

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 members."

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 players.

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.

"I 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 future."

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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