Mervyn Davies appointed LTA chairman

Mervyn Davies appointed LTA chairman

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The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the governing body of tennis in the UK, has named Mervyn Davis as its new chairman.

Davies, who is a Labour peer and has held several ministerial positions in the last Labour government, currently serves as chairman of private equity firm Corsair Capital and investment vehicle LetterOne. He is also a senior independent director at alcoholic drinks giant Diageo and chairman of the trustees of the Royal Academy Trust.

The 65-year-old has formerly served as a member of the board at English Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur, and is also a non-executive director of World Rugby, the global governing body of rugby union.

Davies, who will take up the new position at the end of September, replaces David Gregson, who is stepping down after six years in the role.

“I have huge shoes to fill and will do my best to make the sport accessible to all, whilst assisting the board, executive and council in their endeavours,” Davies said. “I am very excited about the role since I love many different sports and am a passionate tennis player."

Scott Lloyd, who was appointed chief executive at the start of 2018, said: "We would like to acknowledge the very significant contribution David Gregson has made as the LTA's first independent chairman during the last five and half years.

"Key among these has included developing a new mission to arrest the long-term decline of the sport, helping craft new values for the organisation and, most critically, playing a lead role in building ever stronger relationships across the sport, its funders and government."