The TTW Board

Chair & Regional Director North East- Bernard Carter



Bernie retired from his careers as an analytical chemist with Monsanto in Newport and as a national technical business manager with Kodak in 2004. He is originally from Newport but moved to Wrexham in he 1980s. He has played table tennis since the age of 16 for town, county and Welsh veterans. He continues to play and coach on a weekly basis. As well as being chair of TTW he is highly experienced in child protection matters and qualified as a tutor in 2011. He combines his role as chair with the role of regional director for the North East


Company Secretary- Neil O`Connell



Neil, from Ebbw Vale, is a retired Police Officer, and father of 3. He can trace family lineage in Welsh Table Tennis back to 1934/35 season when grandfather Daniel Arthur OConnell won the mixed double event at the Welsh Closed of that year. He is involved in the sport at both grass roots and strategic level. He is a qualified UKCC level 1 Coach, National Umpire and Team Manager, He runs Ael-y-Bryn TTC.


Director- Claire Flanagan



Claire works with fellow director Julie Furber on increasing participation of women & girls.


Together they will be organising ladies sessions and events throughout the season and would welcome all support.


Director- Mostyn Lewis



Mostyn, from Swansea, recently retired from a senior role in industry and has returned to TTW as director responsible for coach education and development. He works closely with the National Coach to develop the Welsh coaching structure and to provide broader coaching opportunities. He is a qualified UKCC Level 2 coach himself as well as a coach tutor.

Director; Matt Fisher


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Matt guides TTW on inclusion - with particular reference to increasing opportunities for those with disabilities. A life-long lover of sport, Matt has worked in sports development for over 15 years, working with governing bodies of sport, local authorities and education sector partners, before becoming Programme Manager  at Sports Coach UK responsible for the national strategy, The UK Coaching Framework. As well as being a director of TTW Matt is currently Director of Think:Act; a project management consultancy. He is working on projects with Disability Sport Wales as Case Manager supporting Welsh Governing Bodies of Sport to include disabled people in their sports. He also works with StreetGames UK. He is also a volunteer mentor with the national charity ‘Sported.’, providing support and guidance to volunteers in community sports organisations


Director- Neil Robinson



Neil started playing  Paralympic  Table tennis following a car accident  in which he suffered a spinal injury aged 18yrs. He first represented Great Britain in 1981. Over the next 27yrs he competed in 7 Paralympic games (winning 7 medals including 1 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze), became World ranked no 1 in 1996 and 1997, became European singles champion in 1995 and won 3 world championship medals.  He retired from competition after Beijing Paralympics 2008.    In January 2009 he became part of the GB Paralympic coaching team.  He coached at the London Paralympics and is currently working in the Rio 2016 cycle. He was awarded an MBE for services to Disabled sport in the 2012 new years honours list. He became a member of TTW board in November 2012 primarily to work on an inclusion project.

Director- John Rawlins



John is a senior lecturer in Sport Management at the Cardiff School of Sport (Cardiff Metropolitan University). He was formerly Principal Officer and Sport Facilities Manager (Leisure Services - Local Government) and is currently also a director of The Welsh Sports Association. John acts as an independent director for TTW to provide challenge and objectivity in regard to its work.


Currently awaiting details of directors Steve Heydon, Dave Allen, Amanda Hourihan, Ron Davies