Meet the Team

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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Stewart Carson High Performance Manager

Stewart competed in the 2004 Olympics for badminton before becoming the National Badminton Coach for South Africa. He led teams to the 2012 Olyimpic Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2014 he joined Badminton Ireland as the High Performance Manager and oversaw 3 medals at the European Games in Baku in 2015. Stewart is currently the High Performance Manager at Squash Australia.

Main areas of work
• Manage the HP programme
• Manage the relationship with AIS and State sporting bodies
• Oversee the National squad system
• Develop a HP system throughout Australia
• Manage the Winning Edge players
• Manage support services

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Hayden Griffiths Member Services Manager

Hayden Griffiths attended QUT, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in 2013 and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in 2014.

Hayden has a strong legal and client service focused background, having worked for QUT in Client Services and Academic Support roles for a number of years, before working as a solicitor specialising in commercial, corporate and property fields.

Passionate about an array of sports, the move to Squash Australia was a natural fit for Hayden who attended university with aspirations of being involved in the sporting industry. 

Outside of the office, Hayden's interests include playing football, strength and mobility coaching and music.

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Zac Alexander Performance Coach

Zac was born in Brisbane and started playing squash from an early age. He competed around the country and overseas as a junior, reaching No. 1 in Australia U19’s before graduating to train full time with the AIS in 2006.  He later moved to America for 7 years and was based with Aussie World Champion Rodney Martin where he reached No. 36 in the world. Now after coaching stints in Connecticut and Melbourne over the past 2 years he is back in Brisbane as part of the Squash Australia team.

Main areas of work
• Manage, promote and develop various education programmes
• Increase the pool of coaches and volunteers
• Improve officials’ skills
• Create the best education system for any sport in Australia.

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Jordan Till Participation Coordinator

Jordan has been playing squash for 14 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 4 years and worked as a Squash Manager at Club Coops for 5 years.

Main areas of work
• Increase participation numbers
• Responsible for University and Schools programme
• Assist centre operators in marketing themselves
• Develop and activate support programmes

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