2017 – Chairman’s Team

David Burn has had a long and varied bridge career, playing and coaching internationally and professionally, teaching, writing and commentating on bridge events both live and on-line. After leaving Cambridge he became a firm fixture at the Young Chelsea, and after taking early retirement from BT (so early, in fact, he’d barely started) he now divides his time between TGR and professional engagements. He is the current coach to the English Women’s team and has recently received an EBU Diamond Award for his international achievements. See David’s EBU profile.

Heather Dhondy has been a regular member of the British/English women’s team since 1995, winning three World titles and six Europeans in that time. Most recently, Heather was on the team who won silver in the 2013 and bronze in 2015 Venice Cups, and gold in the Women’s European Championships in 2016  playing with Nevena Senior. In addition she has won a record thirteen Lady Milne trophies.  She was on the London team that just won the 2017 Tollemache. Now a full time bridge professional, Heather used to work as an accountant. Her hobbies include playing tennis and playing the piano. See Heather’s EBU profile.

Gillian Fawcett was born in Devon in 1961 and started playing bridge at school, to relieve the boredom of A level “study time”. She first represented England in the Lady Milne in 1989, playing with Kay Preddy, and they represented Great Britain in the Common Market Championships around the same time. She has subsequently played many more times in the Lady Milne with Anne Rosen and with Jane Moore. Her most recent appearance in the event was 2015. Gillian is married to Joe Fawcett and they have 2 children, Sephi and Xavier. The family now lives in Exeter. See Gillian’s EBU profile.

Joe Fawcett divides his time between Exeter and London. After working at Green Street Bridge Club and the London School of Bridge he took early retirement and has since enjoyed a successful career as a software developer, publishing many books on programming. He has represented England at Junior level and in the Open team. He’s waiting for the Seniors to roll round. See Joe’s EBU profile.

John Holland is a Manchester-based bridge professional. He played for the England Open team in 2006 and 2008 with John Armstrong. He had an extremely successful partnership with his late wife, world champion Michelle Brunner, playing together in four Camrose teams, and winning the Hubert Phillips (mixed teams) six times. John has also won the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most master points in a calendar year, many times. He has two Senior World Championships, in 2009 and 2010. He was in the team that won the Gold Cup in 2015. See John’s EBU profile

Alan Mould was born in 1957. He started playing bridge when he was five, continuing all through school and then at Manchester University.

He has had several serious bridge partnerships, in chronological order: with Anil Ruia, Howard Melbourne, and Gary Hyett with whom he won the Gold Cup in 1997 and 1999, and played for Great Britain in the very last European Championships that country played in (Malta 1999). He has also played for Scotland with John Matheson in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 before moving back to England. He now partners a variety of people including John Holland, who he is playing with this weekend.

Whilst not wandering around Europe coaching or captaining Alan works as a middle manager in one of the largest Further Education colleges in the country. Other hobbies include eating out, cooking and the theatre. A few years ago Alan married his long-standing partner (in the non-bridge sense). Monica plays no bridge at all, a fact that both of them are daily grateful for. See Alan’s EBU profile.