2019 – London

Andy Bowles works in audience measurement for the broadcast industry. His record includes wins in the Gold Cup and the Camrose. He has played in the Lederer several times before, and has always finished in the top 10. He is a former Chairman of the EBU Selection Committee.

Richard Creamer is London born. After a career in the public sector he now works in an IT management role for Wellcome, the well-endowed trust which seeks to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.

Bridge-wise he has been competing on the London bridge scene for 35 years, increasingly so since the twins returned from uni. And plays in equal measure with 5 partners, of whom Trevor is a relatively recent addition. Other ‘getting-out’ hobbies include shouting at referees for 95 minutes each week when following Charlton Athletic. But generally calm and composed at the bridge table, and always polite to directors.

Trevor Matthews

John Pemberton is a long-standing Young Chelsea regular. His considerable enjoyment of the game has been punctuated by occasional modest successes at club and county level. Twice winner of the Ian Gardiner Trophy (London Teams of Four). Away from the table: a philosopher of science and metaphysician associated with the LSE and Corpus Christi Oxford.

Stephen Popham: This is my 2nd Lederer but my main claim to bridge fame is (very enjoyably) sharing a flat while a student with Andrew Robson and surviving! I’m a passionate (but not particularly good) tennis player and work as an IT consultant.

Mike Scoltock is a well-known London-based player and has appeared in the Lederer on four previous occasions. He passed up a fifth opportunity to indulge his other passion, rugby union (on tour in France).

Mike is a rugby union referee and, when not bridging or playing or refereeing rugby, is a tax partner in a firm of chartered accountants.