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: Philip I. Powell

I was born in 1950 and educated at Liverpool Institute High School for Boys and Ormskirk Grammar School.

Leaving school at 16 I joined National Provincial Bank in Liverpool and worked for them until 1970.

In 1970 I joined Standard Chartered Bank and went on an initial posting to Johannesburg. I Transferred from Johannesburg in 1972 to Botswana and in 1979 left Botswana and proceeded to Hong Kong.

Over the next 25 years I worked continuously overseas in Bahrain, Indonesia, India, USA, Canada, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Sierra Leone,Gambia,Cameroon,Kenya,Uganda and Zambia retiring in 2003.

On returning to the UK I took up the post of Secretary Manager at Northenden Golf Club, Manchester where I stayed for 3 years. Shortly after this I was Golf Coordinator at Shaw Hill Hotel Golf & Country Club for approx. 3 years.

I have been a member of Hesketh since 1999 and served as Treasurer for several years.

Other interests outside of golf are reading, fly fishing and a continued love of travel.

  Ladies' Captain: Maureen R. Wright

I was born in Liverpool in 1950. I have 3 brothers and a sister.

I attended Brookfield Comprehensive leaving there with qualifications to work in Local Government as a wages clerk .I married John who is also a member of Hesketh and when our first son came along I took a few years break from work then began a new career training as a Dispensing Technician in a local pharmacy. I have worked in pharmacy for over 40 years taking a break again for a few years when our second son was born.

We moved to Southport in 1979, but Golf didn’t start for me until I joined Hurlston Hall 15 years ago, John and I were both members there and I was Captain of the Friendly Team in my last year there.
I joined Hesketh in January 2006 where I have met so many new friends. Since joining I have been Captain of the Ladies Bronze team and served 5 years on committee – 3 of those as competition secretary, something I really enjoyed doing. Along with John I have organised a very successful Mixed Winter League for the past 5 years .I enjoy social golf both with the Ladies Section and in mixed competitions especially the Bank Holiday Competitions and the Home Internationals throughout the year.

Outside of golf I enjoy spending time with the family, walking my dog, spending time with friends, and regular trips to the theatre.

I am looking forward to meeting new people and playing more golf in my year as Ladies Captain. 

Juniors' Captain; Dylan Astin 

I was born in Blackpool in 2002 and have one sister.

I have just completed my GCSE’s at Tarleton Academy and I am enrolled at Runshaw College to do sports science.

I joined Hesketh Golf Club from the age of 8 and have been actively playing in the junior section ever since.

I’m representing Lancashire for the U16’s which I am very proud of.

Outside of golf my interests are following Manchester City FC.

I’m looking forward to representing Hesketh GC as their Junior Captain in SDGA matches



Derek Madden (Chair of Council), Philip Powell (Gentlemen's Captain), Maureen Wright (Ladies' Captain), Jeff Cummins (Treasurer), Peter Watson (Chair of House), Simon Norris (Chair of Greens ), Julie Scott (Chair of Handicap),                                        Jim Breen, Stephen Dundas, Peter Kenny (Co-opt)

Greens Committee:

Simon Norris (Chair), Derek Madden, Jim Breen

Handicap Committee:

Julie Scott (Chair), Stephen Dundas

House Committee: 

Peter Watson (Chair), Peter Kenny

Ladies' Committee:

Mrs Maureen Wright (Ladies’ Captain), Mrs Elizabeth Otto (Ladies’ Vice Captain), Mrs Anne Kime (Ladies’ Secretary), Mrs Suzanne Moran (Ladies’ Treasurer), Mrs Sue Gray (Ladies’ Handicap & Competitions Secretary) Mrs Sile Hamilton, Mrs Sarah Dick, Margaret Melville.

Junior Committee:

Scott Astin

Marketing Committee:


Finance Executive:

Derek Madden, Jeff Cummins, Simon Norris, Peter Watson, Secretary/Manager

The Gentlemen’s Captain, Ladies’ Captain, Chair and Treasurer are members of all committees.