Richard Vaughan CEO

Richard took the helm at Squash Australia in July of 2015, joining from Badminton Ireland where as Chief Executive Officer he had increased participation numbers, budgets and demonstrated world-class success in the performance programmes.

During the past five years at Squash Australia, Richard has led the growth of the organisation doubling budgets, increasing the operational team size from four full-time employees (FTE) to 12 FTE, while increasing membership from just over 10,000 to almost 20,000.

The performance programme continues to win strategic World Championship medals and Australia was joint top on the squash medal table at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In late 2018, the National Squash Centre opened its doors on the Gold Coast hosting the 2019 World Doubles Championships and is home to National Events as well as the Squash Australia High Performance Centre.

Richard is a former Olympic and world number six badminton player who combines a wealth of performance with proven business acumen.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has an MBA (Marketing) from Leicester University and a Master’s in Education 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 Performance Pathway 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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George Clinton National Facilities Coordinator

George joins the Squash Australia team as our National 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 Consumer Experience 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 Commercial Coordinator

Reena joined Squash Australia team as the Executive assistant to the CEO and after proving herself, she was promoted to the Operations Coordinator role. After a year in the organisation, she has taken over the Commercial Coordinator tasks.

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 was 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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Chris Yeend Public Relations and Communications Coordinator

Chris joined Squash Australia in August 2019 after he and his lovely wife Jess relocated from Victoria to Brisbane for a change of lifestyle.

Chris grew up in the small regional Victorian town of Woodend. He grew up with the local sporting culture by being involved with the local football netball club. He did everything from playing, first aid, runner, run water, operate the scoreboard, be on the committee run its social media and even wrote columns for the local newspaper.

Chris has a degree in a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing that helped launched his career into journalism. He was the sports journalist at the Midland Express for more than six years.

After finishing as a sports journalist, he spent several years as the Media, Marketing and Events Manager for AFL Goldfields where he ran numerous websites for more than a dozen competitions, wrote content for weekly records, produced and host numerous weekly videos and built relationships with key media personnel.

Chris has 15 years of community radio experience as a presenter, producer and technician. He also has more than a decade of experience as a play by play caller in community football and more recently in the Queensland AFL.

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Jenny Duncalf Performance Pathway Coach

After finishing a decorated playing career in 2019, Jenny leads the national junior coaching system as Squash Australia’s Performance Pathway Coach. Jenny reached a career-high of World Number 2 and is a triple Commonwealth Games medallist. Jenny’s international experience will be a valuable resource for the athletes and coaches in Squash Australia’s junior pathway.

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Stewart Boswell National Coach

Stewart is one of Australia’s most successful players, having won four Commonwealth Games medals and reaching a career-high of World Number 4. Stewart takes up the position of National Coach after spending seven years leading the Aspire Academy squash program in Qatar. Stewart will use his international coaching and playing experience to help equip our developing players with the ability to compete on the world stage.

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