Officers and Officials

Honorary Life President: Derek Holden

Derek Holden was born in Southport, educated at King George V School, and joined Hesketh Golf Club in 1950.  He became the Club’s youngest captain in 1967 and was invited to be captain again in 1985, the Club’s centenary year. He served on the Council for fifteen consecutive years, five years as Chairman, and in 1989 was honoured with Life Membership, to be followed by Honorary Life Presidency in 2006.  Having been proposed by Arnold Bentley, he was delighted when, in 1982, he was accepted for membership of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.  He was elected President of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs in 1997 and has served on their Executive ever since.
A keen amateur photographer, he has taken many of the photographs that record the history of the golf club, some of which are to be seen in various locations within the clubhouse. 
In 2012 he played an important role in launching a successful appeal to acquire what had become known as the Hitler Trophy, probably the most important artifact in the history of Hesketh Golf Club.

  Gentlemen's Captain: Roger W. Baron

A list of all our previous Gentlemen's Captains is available - Please click here.

  Ladies' Captain: Linda B. Ring

Linda was born and raised in Southport. She attended Churchtown Primary School, Southport High School for Girls and King George V Sixth Form College. She went on to study Accountancy and Quantitative Techniques at Stirling University. 

Linda started working in finance for the National Health Service (NHS) in 1984. In 1994, she qualified as a public sector accountant with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. She worked in NHS finance for over 35 years, retiring in July 2020 hoping to play more golf. 

Linda married her husband David in 1992 and they celebrated their pearl wedding anniversary in 2022. 

Linda has played sport all her life enjoying many happy years at Churchtown Badminton Club and Carlton Tennis Club. She started playing golf and followed her family in joining Hesketh Golf Club in 2008.

Linda has represented Hesketh Golf Club in the Ladies Handicap Shield Team and the SDGA Mixed Team. She was given the opportunity to captain the Ladies Handicap Team in 2022. 

Linda is the second member of her family to be given the honour of being Ladies Captain for Hesketh Golf Club, following her mother, Barbara Wright, who was Ladies Captain in 2005.  

A list of all our previous Ladies' Captains is available -  Please click here.

  Juniors' Captain: Emma J. Wilson

Emma was born in Ormskirk in 2008 and has lived in Halsall, West Lancashire all her life.

She attended Halsall St Cuthbert's Church of England Primary School and is studying for her GCSEs at Ormskirk High School. She enjoys playing all sports and has represented West Lancashire and her schools in various teams and disciplines. 

Emma joined Hesketh Golf Club in 2018 and has been playing regularly in the junior section. She has represented the club in the SDGA Summer League team in previous years. 

Emma feels proud and honoured to represent Hesketh Golf Club as Junior Captain for 2023 and hopes to meet many juniors and members at the club throughout her year in office. 

A list of all our previous Juniors' Captains is available -  Please click here.


Board of Directors:

  • Ian Garden (Chair of Board)
  • Jeff Cummins (Finance Director)
  • Melvyn Kamel (Membership & Marketing Director)
  • Julie Scott (Handicap & Competitions Director)
  • Dave Harrison (Compliance Director)
  • Ian Clark (Green Director)
  • Meegan Switzer (Hospitality Director)
  • Roy Sinclair (House Premises Director)

Green Committee:

  • Ian Clark (Green Director)
  • Peter McVicar (Course Manager
  • Martin Edge (Club Secretary Manager)

Membership & Marketing Committee:

  • Melvyn Kamel (Membership & Marketing Director)
  • Martin Edge (Club Secretary Manager)
  • Liza Smallman
  • Jon Main
  • Harry Ormesher
  • Simon Greenhalgh

Ladies' Committee:

  • To follow
  • To follow
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Junior Committee:

  • Scott Astin (Professional)
  • Jane Coulthard (Club Welfare Officer)
  • Martin Edge (Club Secretary Manager)
  • Darren Wilson (Junior Organiser)
  • Emma Wilson (Junior Captain)

Heritage Committee

  • Keith Hick  (Club Historian)
  • Derek Holden (Honorary Life President)
  • Denise McInerney
  • Bradley Ormesher

Handicap Committee:

  • Julie Scott (Handicap & Competitions Director)
  • Phil Rosenthal
  • John Moss
  • Jane Coulthard
  • Angela Grugel
  • Martyn Senior

Social Committee:

  • Meegan Switzer (Hospitality Director)
  • Roger Baron (Gentlemen's Captain)
  • Linda Ring (Ladies' Captain)
  • Martin Edge (Club Secretary Manager)
  • Karen Courtney (House Manager)

The Gentlemen’s Captain, Ladies’ Captain, Chair, Finance Director and Club Secretary Manager are members of all committees.