Richard Vaughan CEO

Richard Vaughan took the helm at Squash Australia in July of 2015, joining from Badminton Ireland where he was their Chief Executive Officer for four years.

In Ireland he oversaw the transformation of the organisation from one of insolvency in 2011 to one in 2015 which has a very healthy surplus, growing participation numbers, an exciting schools programme, best practice new media and ICT; two Olympians and three European Games medallists at Baku 2015.

As a former Olympic badminton player who reached No. 6 in the world and won European and Commonwealth medals, Richard has a wealth of knowledge in the performance sector. This has been exemplified by his work with the Badminton World Federation around the Olympic Games and Coach Education. Richard has a MBA from Leicester University and previously worked in the Digital area at FD Systems as well as a Masters in Education and BSc in Economics and Politics from Bath University.

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Lachlan Johnston High Performance Manager

A competitive junior squash player, Lachlan has come to Squash Australia after over five years with the Queensland Academy of Sport, where he worked as a Performance Scientist. Lachlan spent most of this time with the rowing program, including touring with the Australian Rowing Team and coaching the Queensland Rowing Team. He brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the Australian sporting system and a passion and commitment to driving the High Performance Program forward.

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Thomas Calvert Education Coordinator

Tom has been playing squash for 10 years and trains daily at the National Training Centre. For the last three years he has been coaching the Brisbane vipers and Queensland sharks. Tom has completed a Bachelor degree in Exercise and Movement Science at Queensland University of Technology and is now in the process of completing a Master’s Degree in Sports Coaching.

 

Tom was on the Australian Junior Men's team 2012 and is currently competing on the PSA tour with highest world ranking to date, No.161 and Australian No. 8. 

Outside on the office Tom enjoys playing other sports including tennis, touch and running.

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Jordan Till Events Coordinator

Jordan has been playing squash for 18 years and is a qualified Regional level squash Referee as well as Club Development level qualified squash Coach. Jordan completed his Bachelor of Business Management, majoring in Physical Activity from University of Queensland in 2012. He has served on the Brisbane City Squash Committee for 7 years and worked as a Squash Manager at multi-sport facility Club Coops for 5 years.

Main areas of work
• Deliver well run events that strongly promote the brand of Squash Australia
• Increasing the number of entries across all events
• Ensure participants and officials all enjoy a positive experience

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Marc Wolpers Community Engagement Coordinator

Marc has played squash on and off for the past 40 yrs. He currently plays Div 3 in Brisbane and regularly competes in Masters tournaments. His two boys are previous Queensland Junior Champions. You could say squash runs in the Wolpers veins!

He had a stellar junior sporting career winning the NT junior state doubles tennis championship one year, as well as representing Darwin and the Northern Territory in soccer, basketball and athletics. 

His true passion however lies on the squash court! Coming from a sales and business ownership background and claiming to be a big kid at heart, Marc says it is easy selling and teaching a sport you are passionate about! He joins Squash Australia as the Community Engagement Coordinator where he will lead the Play, Move, Learn, OzSquash, Pop-up Squash and Cardio Squash programs.

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George Clinton Community Facilities Coordinator

George joins the Squash Australia team as our Community Facilities Coordinator.  He comes to us having worked with the Brisbane Broncos events team since 2015 and brings a drive and passion for working within the sports industry.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Business (with distinction) from the Queensland University of Technology, George will be focused on increasing facility numbers and funding, devising business plans for different facility types as well as creating state and national facility strategies.

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Meredith Hodson Sporting Schools Coordinator

Meredith Hodson is our Sporting Schools Coordinator for Squash Australia. 

Meredith has completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Melbourne and also a short course on Leading in the Digital Age by the Melbourne Business School.

She is passionate about all kinds of sports and is excited to be working in the sports industry. She has played netball, AFL, canoe polo, softball and soccer, and has also pursued athletics throughout high school. Squash is her next sport! She has also coached women’s softball and AFL teams.

 

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Leanna Davey SportyHQ Coordinator

Leanna has been an active member within the squash community in ACT since 2006, having participated at a state level as a junior until a knee injury knocked her back, Leanna has gone on to join her club committee, the ACT Junior Committee and has taken on various roles within Squash ACT, her main focus is to see squash continue to grow within the Capital. 

Whilst juggling her studies in Forensic Psychology at the University of Canberra, Leanna works at the Woden Squash Centre and helps with tournament organisation and is the currently in charge of Junior Pennant.

Outside of work, Leanna enjoys traveling, spontaneous road trips and reading.

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Reena Raja Operations Manager

Reena has joined Squash Australia as the Executive assistant to the CEO. Reena has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business and has a firm understanding of what it takes to deliver quality service with fantastic outcomes.

Reena is new to squash but has really embraced the sport and enjoys physical nature of playing the game. She has a background in Gymnastics and enjoys getting out and about in nature with her daughters. Outside of squash Reena enjoys reading, swimming, rock climbing and snowboarding. 

 

 

 

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Russell Weatherburn Consumer Experience Officer

Russell started in squash during his school days in the western suburbs of Sydney, playing juniors at Seven Hills Squash Club.

Starting a career in IT, Russell continued to play pennant matches and tournaments and decided to become a referee after other players told him that he didn't know the rules!

Russell is a WSF referee, who has refereed at three Commonwealth Games and numerous World Series and Platinum events.

Heavily involved with ACT squash as a player, coach and referee, Russell is combining his love of squash with his skills in IT to bring a new set of eyes to the membership space.

 

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Mark McLatchey Participation Manager

Mark is an experienced Sport Business Manager having worked within the Sports Industry for over 20 years of which 5.5 years  were at Sport Australia ( previously  named the Australia Sports Commission)in roles within the Sport Capability branch and as a Partnership Manager as the liaison between Sport Australia and a number of National Sporting Organisations relating to Participation activities and the Sporting School Program.

Previous to joining the Australia Sports Commission (Now Sport Australia) he was the Game and Market Development Manager of Queensland Cricket for 12 years.

He has also done a number of international contracts within cricket for Malaysia, India and Sri Lankan Cricket Associations on behalf of Queensland Cricket specifically in the coach education area and the development of participation models ,structures and processes.

He has completed the AICD Foundations of Directorship course and currently volunteers on the Brisbane Men's Hockey Board.  Mark has only played Squash in a recreational capacity but not for many years.

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Chris Yeend Public Relations and Communications Coordinator

Chris joins Squash Australia as its Public Relations and Communications Coordinator. He, his wife Jess and two fur babies relocated to Brisbane from Victoria in May 2019 to enjoy the great weather and warm community culture.

A country boy at heart, Chris grew up in the small country town of Woodend (near Hanging Rock). From the age of nine, he wanted to break into sports media as he spent winter days listening to Rex Hunt calling the AFL, reading the Herald Sun and watching the VFL Match of the Day on the ABC.

Chris spent his time growing up playing football (AFL), athletics, swimming, volleyball and basketball. His passion still remained for bringing the game to life after years spent calling games of footy in the backyard.

He studied Professional Writing at Victoria University while doing freelance work for his local football netball league at the Macedon Ranges Guardian. He eventually landed a full-time role as a sports journalist with the Midland Express and Macedon Ranges Guardian in 2010. In that time, he continued his love of footy by building, producing and being play by play commentator for Highlands FM in the Riddell District Football Netball League, winning numerous national awards. 

Chris produced content for the RDFNL football record and was host for the first ever Web TV shows for the league. After leaving the Express in 2016, he joined AFL Goldfields as its Media, Marketing and Events Manager for two years before leaving the role in late 2018 and ultimately fulfill the lifetime dream of attending Wrestlemania in 2019 which was in New York. 

Chris and two of his best mates recorded a TV show for Channel 31 called Top Drop in 2012 which involved driving around Victoria and learning about local breweries, and has been a field umpire for local football since 2006. He has also taken up commentary for the Queensland AFL live streaming service.

Chris has a great passion for all sport and loves promoting local sport. His best sporting moment was seeing Peter Siddle get a hat-trick at the Gabba in 2010.

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