Our Board

David Balden CCM

David Balden CCM

Chairman

Caledonian Club, Club House Manager
Joined CMAE in 2002
CCM achieved in 2008

I have worked at the Caledonian Club since 1992, starting as a Trainee Manager and working my way through the Clubhouse to my position to today as Club House Manager – a post I have been in for 10 years.

 

Tristan Hall CCM

Tristan Hall CCM

Marketing and Documentation

Sunningdale Golf Club, General Manager
Joined CMAE in 2008
CCM achieved in 2010
LHC Board Member since February 2014

BSc in Outdoor Leisure & Recreation Management.  First role as a General Manager was at 24 and over the past 12 years have progressed to my 5th GM role at Sunningdale which commenced on 1st May 2015.  Joined CMAE in 2008  and passed the CCM exam in October 2010.

Gabrielle Boase

Gabrielle Boase

Honorary Secretary

Datchet Water Sailing Club, General Manager, Company Secretary, Centre Principal
Joined CMAE in 2012.

I am a qualified Chartered Management Accountant, originally from Ireland where I graduated with a Business Degree from Limerick University. I moved to England in 1985 and worked for large multi-nationals in the Fast Moving Consumers Goods Sector for 15 years. I have enjoyed running Datchet Water Sailing Club for the past ten years. I am married with two children, enjoy attending a Rock Choir and I am an active member of my local community running Village charity events.

Alastair Curbbun CCM

Alastair Curbbun CCM

Regional Education

Brooks’s Club London, Assistant Secretary
Joined CMAE in 2001
CCM achieved in 2008

Involved in CMAE education seminars since 2003. Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and CCM, worked in 5 star hotels and then Brooks’s. Has stayed at Brooks’s for 27 years same position!

Conrad Winter

Conrad Winter

Membership Officer and Treasurer

The Travellers Club, Assistant Secretary
Joined CMAE in 2003

After moving to London in the 80’s to finish a management training course with John Lewis, I joined the Travellers Club in 1988. Originally employed to help improve the Club’s liquor control system, I have been lucky enough to work in nearly all area of the Club.  I have, at various times, overseen the Reception and Bedroom operations, been Membership Secretary, worked in the Club’s Coffee Room (our name for our Restaurant) and managed the banqueting business.

Nigel Cartwright

Nigel Cartwright

MDP Courses and Liason with EPB

European Club Education Foundation
Chief Executive Officer & EPB Compliance Officer
Joined CMAE in 2001
Board Member since 2002

I was one of CMAE’s 6 founder members in 2001, whilst General Manager of the Pfizer Sports & Social Club and Head of the Pfizer Fitness Centres in the US. I was on the main CMAE Board from 2002/3 till 2010 as President of the L & HC Region, and as 1st Chair of CMAE’s EPB (Education Policy Board).

From 2013 to 2015, I was Head Facilitator for the EPB, running the MDP courses in England & Europe.

Finally, I am the CEO and a Director of the European Club Education Foundation (ECEF) which is now working to attract funds across Europe, to continue development of CMAE’s MDP education pathway and to provide bursaries for delegates and subsidies for courses.

Nigel is a keen tennis player, runner and married to Jenny. They currently enjoy lots of time with their 5 grandchildren

Chris Lomas CCM

Chris Lomas CCM

Regional Education

Worplesdon Golf Club, Secretary
Joined CMAE in 2007
Board Member since 2009

Chris Lomas is Secretary of Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey. He joined CMAE in 2007 and was elected to the board for the London & Home Counties Region in 2009. Chris has been in situ at Worplesdon for 5 years and prior to that was Course Manager at The Berkshire Golf Club for 11 Years.

Leighton Walker

Leighton Walker

Burford Golf Club, General Manager
Joined CMAE in 2008
LHC Board since November 2016

I have a passion for constantly improving facilities and started my Golf Management career in Adelaide, Australia where I am originally from, before moving to the UK in 2005.  A first position with Burhill (now BGL) at Thornbury near Bristol was followed by Ross-on-Wye and Chippenham before landing at my current club, Burford, a members club and fine parkland layout located in the Cotswolds. I am a keen Golfer playing off a handicap of 2, along with enjoying good wine, food, travel and Aussie Rules football! I am currently educated to Management Diploma level.

Edward Plunket

Edward Plunket

Boodle’s, House Manager
Joined CMAE in 2013
LHC Board since 2016

I started my career in restaurants and hotels and after 2 years in the Caribbean joined the Club world in 2001 as Coffee Room Manager. I have been House Manager at Boodle’s since 2004. I started on the CCM pathway in 2013 and have completed 4 stages so far and will continue working towards CCM.