2022 – London

(L-R) Andrew Dyson, Nick Sandqvist, Nathalie Shashou, Glyn Liggins

Andrew Dyson has worked in several senior positions in the investment management industry for 35 years and is currently finishing his stint as CEO of PGIM Quantitative Solutions, a $120bn US asset manager which he has led since 2017. Before work and family took over, Andrew played very bridge very seriously in the late 80s and early 90s including 2 Gold Cup and 2 Spring Foursomes wins, and representing Great Britain the 1995 European Championships (all bar one with his Lederer partner Glyn Liggins). As he returns to the UK, Andrew is rekindling his passion for high level bridge again!

Glyn Liggins is a bridge pro living in Queens Park with his wife Sarah. He has represented his country in each of the last five decades, beginning as a junior player partnering Andrew Robson. He started playing with Andrew Dyson in 1989, and went on to win back-to-back Spring 4s and the Gold Cup, and represented GB in the 95 Europeans. Andrew took a sabbatical from bridge in the late nineties and Glyn represented England partnering each of Joe Fawcett, Peter Crouch, William Whittaker, Espen Erichsen and Alex Hydes until they had had enough of him!

Glyn is back playing with Andrew and looking forward to getting back to face-to-face competition.

Nick Sandqvist grew up in Sweden and represented that country as a junior before moving to London in 1995, where he played rubber bridge at TGR’s for 10 years. He then teamed up with Janet de Botton, partnering Artur Malinowski, with whom he won a number of international medals and narrowly lost the World Championships in 2007 to an Italian team including Fantunes.

Nick was the manager of the Young Chelsea BC for many years and created and ran the London Super League for 17 years. He’s now stopped running it, but there’re two healthy leagues going strong in two different clubs. In 2021, Nick was selected as squad leader for the England U26 juniors, who’ve already had some impressive results. When not playing bridge with his favourite partner, Nick enjoys honing his Backgammon skills.

Nathalie Shashou started playing bridge with her girlfriends at the age of 40, pregnant with her fifth child. She waited until the end of her bridge lesson with Glyn Liggins and headed straight to the hospital to give birth.

In 2014, after playing with Nick Sandqvist, one of the greatest players ever [… he may have helped writing this bit] in a charity event, they became friends, and then bridge partners, and have gone on to win and not win a handful of national events.

Since finding her passion, playing for her country has been a dream of Nathalie’s. She connected with Sally Brock just before the Lady Milne 2021 trials and the pair secured second place. They were duly selected and England won the event.

Nathalie lives in London with her husband Joseph (who she’s been with since she was 19). They have five children, and more recently, a beautiful granddaughter. She was raised in both London and France and loves languages. Before falling in love with bridge, Nathalie was a house designer and project manager. When not playing bridge, she enjoys walking her two dogs in Regent’s Park, reading, doing jigsaws, crossword puzzles and travelling the world.