Committee 2019/2020


Brian Duke

I played my first game of squash in 1976 on the single squash court next to Teesside Airport Hotel, now starting my 41st consecutive season in the D&C leagues having played for Nunthorpe, Phoenix, Stockton Racecourse, Stockton Tilery and Redcar Squash Clubs. A past chairman of Nunthorpe Squash, Nunthorpe & Marton Recreation Club and Durham & Cleveland County and over 20years on the county committee and still playing what I consider to be the best sport there is.



David Geldart

I started playing squash when I was 18, just for pleasure at first. After a few years I joined the leagues at Tilery Sports Centre and played at a competitive level. I moved to Norton Squash Club in 1996 and had my first spell on the County Committee in 2002. I took over Chair of the County Committee in 2014 and became Chair of the North East Regional Forum for England Squash in 2016.


Geoff Smith

I became a member of Nunthorpe squash club many years ago. After playing in the club’s internal leagues for a few seasons, I applied, and was picked to play for one of the club’s teams in the county leagues, and still play to this day. Further on, I became a member of our squash club committee holding various positions to now being club secretary. A couple of years later, I joined the Executive committee as a committee member, then took over as secretary when the post became vacant.

League Secretary

Geoff Watson

I began playing squash in my 30s, 20 years ago first playing at St George Hotel Teesside Airport, then after a few years joined Geneva Squash Club in Darlington and started playing for teams in the Durham and Cleveland league. I now play at Darlington Squash club. I began attending D&C Committee meetings as a club representative in 2006 and became League Secretary in 2008.


Julia Rowsby

I do not play squash, however I am married to Chris Rowsby who plays squash at Sedgefield Squash Club, and I started to become more actively involved when our 2 children, Emma and Stephen, took up the sport at a very young age. I have continued to watch and support them as they progressed to playing County Junior squash and then on to playing in the County adult leagues. The saying goes if you can’t beat them, join them!! I became treasurer of the Junior Committee around 2002 and then on to treasurer of the Senior Committee in 2014.


Dinah Andrews

Like so many, I played squash years ago at ‘The Racecourse’ with more enthusiasm than talent! After a break, came back to the game when my husband and two sons began playing at Norton. Over time, it became our family’s main sport. Both boys have played in the club leagues and for the county at various age groups, one progressing to play for England in Team European Championships – which they won! I have definitely watched a lot of squash but I couldn’t possibly reach their standard playing. However, I run our club’s ladies team and the county Ladies Friendly League and am Safeguarding person for Norton and the county. I have served on the committee for several years.


Nick Collins

My squash career started at West Hartlepool nearly 40 years since. I moved to Norton when West closed and have been actively involved in the committee ever since. For the last 10 years I have toured the country with David at junior tournaments and 2 years ago became the County Junior Chairman. I have actively promoted the junior scene in the county with great support from many of the parents. Might even get back to playing team squash in 2018/19 season.

Committee Members

Ian Hilton

I started playing squash at the age of 7 as both of my parents were active squash players.

I represented my county at all Junior age groups U12, U14, U16 & U19 as it was then, and became county champion at every age group.

Weekends were spent with the family traveling the country playing junior tournaments and making long life friends.

I had the privilege of representing my Senior County team at the age of 15 and went on to represent my County for many years after.

I now manage & play for the Senior County team and also manage and play for the Over 35 County team.

My home club is Bannatynes Durham where I manage and play for the first team. At the ripe old age of 40 I'm hoping there are still a few miles left in the legs.

Tom McKay

I am passionate about Squash, particularly junior development and am enthusiastic that players in our region get the opportunity to play in team and competitive events. I started playing Squash at 6 years old at the ‘old’ Durham Squash Club (now Bannatynes) where my Dad played (to no great success!) for many years and remember the many, many kids that would run around the place and the extensive Mens and Ladies leagues. Over the years I saw some great legends of the game play exhibition matches at the club and the squash-bug stuck. I’m a Level 3 Squash Coach and have been one of the coaches for the Durham University Teams in recent seasons.

Linda Coleby

Have been a member of Darlington Squash Club for “years” and enjoyed playing for the ladies team.  Over recent years have done a bit of coaching with ladies which resulted in Teams being entered in the Ladies Friendly League and also enjoyed coaching youngsters.  It’s a great accessible sport – long may it continue!

Louise Mawson

I began playing squash at a young age, following in the family footsteps of my dad and brother. From there I was hooked, I competed for the Durham and Cleveland County at all junior age groups, and currently co-captain the ladies senior squad.

Danny Hockborn

I started my relationship with squash at the age of 5 when introduced to the game by my father, Mark. Since then, I have played in various competitions across the world, peaking at 214 in the world at the age of 20 before a string of injuries. I am 3 times D&C men’s county champion and have 15 club championship titles across 3 clubs. I now sit on Norton’s club committee as well as the county committee.

Jonathan Buckton

My parents sent off to play squash at the age of 8, mainly to get me out of the way the day my little sister was born...I've been hooked since.

Junior county champion a couple of times, junior county runner up many more times.Got a highest junior national ranking of 8 (u14) and played my first senior county game at 14 in Hull.  I think i managed a win!?Had years of fun and some success playing for a brilliant junior county team from the ages of 11-18 and represented 'The North' in the national inter area team event.

Peaked at 15 and injuries started taking their toll since then.  Still love the game and try and play with smile on my face. I've played at a number of clubs around the county....most of which have then ceased to exist.  Yarm have survived my curse for the last 15 years though and hopefully will do for many years to come.