The Committee

Louise  Harwood - Chair

Louise Harwood Chair

I have been a member of L,D & DNL netball league for over 30 years and am a B award umpire, EN tutor, umpire assessor and mentor.  I am also Vice Chair of Bedfordshire County Netball Association and the EN Disciplinary secretary for Bedfordshire.  Although I no longer play I still have a passion for our sport and in particular our league and am excited at the prospect of working with some very skilful committee members to build the Luton, Dunstable & District Netball League into the great league we all know it can be.

 

I am married to Dave and have a daughter who is an Assistant Head Teacher and a son who is a Carpenter, both of whom I am extremely proud.  I work in my husband's business as a Financial Director aka Dogsbody/gopher in what started off as a four week consultancy post and turning into 30+ years!

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Eleanor Yeatman - Vice Chair Person

Eleanor Yeatman Vice Chair Person

I’ve always had a passion for netball and have played throughout school, university and my adult life. I have played for Black Pearls since 2012 in our league and second claim to UHY Hacker Young in Bedford. 

During the working week I am a Construction Project Manager for Mercedes-Benz Retail Group, working from Milton Keynes and visiting sites around London. I will also start studying for a HND in Construction Technology in September 2019. 

Over the weekends, I love to get away on city breaks or grabbing a few cocktails on a Friday night after work.
Always drink responsibly!

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Chloe Beggie - League Secretary

Chloe Beggie League Secretary

I have been playing Centre for Dunstable Diamonds Netball Club for 10 years - I was forced into the position purely on the basis of being the youngest member of squad and presumably the fittest at the time of setting up the team! Having played and preferred WA in younger years I have grown to love playing Centre, playing anywhere else on court nowadays just doesn't give me as much freedom to run around!

My day job involves working for one of the worlds best known sporting organisations, The Football Association at Wembley Stadium. I am a PA to the Football Regulation & Administration Director and secretary to a number of Boards. I joined the Luton & Dunstable Netball League Committee Season 2016/17 as I feel as though I can contribute my wealth of knowledge learnt in governing a different sport and hope to transpire this across to our sport and to help run our league.

Taking up the position as League Secretary I hope my minute taking skills are up to scratch!

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Elaine Yeatman - Treasurer

Elaine Yeatman Treasurer

Elaine Yeatman is the Team Secretary for Black Pearls Netball Team, and has played netball and developed the team since 2003, she is also a C Award Umpire, and she has been on the League Committee since 2004 as Umpiring Secretary for 4 years, and is now currently League Treasurer.

Elaine has two children, her daughter is at Manchester University and her son works as a Project Team Assistant.

Elaine is an Accounts Manager in the Construction Industry in Milton Keynes.

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Zoe Tomlin - Match & Affiliations Secretary

Zoe Tomlin Match & Affiliations Secretary

I have been playing in the Luton & Dunstable league for approx 7 years with Luton Tornadoes, of which I am the club secretary for as well. I have played in Bedford, Luton, Aylesbury and Cambridgeshire. 
I have been playing netball since I was 8 years old and played all the way through school and high school. 
At the weekend I like to go out for a gin or three and catch up with my friends and family! 
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Maddy Harwood - Umpiring Secretary

Maddy Harwood Umpiring Secretary

Since the age of 6 I have lived, breathed, played, umpired and coached netball across 2 continents. Having started playing in the UK County leagues at the age of 12 for Surrey I  went on to play, umpire and coached Action Super League netball in South Africa where I live for most of my 20s and early 30s. I’ve sat on various league committees, advisory boards and played for a whopping amount of teams at various levels of the game. As my playing career is now in its ending stages as I near 40, (I am still playing for 2 clubs in 2 different leagues and my knees are feeling years of  netball abuse), I am enjoying a more social level of the competitive community leagues. My passion is now focused on giving back what I have learnt in my travels with our worldwide netball family, all the skills and passion everyone put into my long netball career and bringing it back to developing the community game. Getting women back into sport is something I hold dear and I am so proud to now be part of the LDNL set up. I hope that we can work together to make a difference as we come out of COVID and get women fit and healthy and having fun.

I am very lucky to have my dream job working to give back to the most vulnerable within our communities in Bedfordshire. As a HR Manager for the YMCA Bedfordshire I spend my days empowering and supporting staff who give their lives to the betterment of our local communities and to help those whose lives have spun into chaos and neglect. I find a lot of joy and learn so much from the people I meet They often have very little to give materially but so much light exists in some dark worlds -  I’m truly humbled to be able to call this my job as it doesn’t feel like a job. 

I don’t have a lot of spare time out of netball and work but I love keeping fit at my bootcamp and circuit training sessions other than that I can be found growing healthy food on our allotment and more importantly cooking and eating that food.

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Debbie Mcdermott - Tournament Secretary

Debbie Mcdermott Tournament Secretary

I have been playing netball since the age of 11 and was lucky enough to have been selected to play for Bedfordshire County for many years. In my teens I was also selected to attend a 'School of Excellence 6 Weeks Netball Programme' which I thoroughly enjoyed!
I joined Caddington Netball Club in the LDDNL when I was 14. After several years the club disbanded and Red Devil's was created. To date, I still play/run Red Devil's netball team who have been very successful and won many awards along the way.
I currently play for 5 netball teams across different counties.
I am a mum to 3 beautiful children and have worked at Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited for 20+ years.
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Gemma Owen - Cup Secretary

Gemma Owen Cup Secretary

My name is Gemma. I've been playing netball since school and then again at university until I joined Dunstable Diamonds when it was set up 10 years ago. 

I have run Dunstable Diamonds for the last 5 seasons as well as being a C Award umpire.

My job is a senior physiotherapist specialising in amputee rehabilitation and when I'm not doing that I look after my two bunnies Pluto and Jupiter.

This is my 3rd season as a committee member and looking forward to being more involved in the running of the league for the season ahead.

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Melissa Treharne - Communications Officer

Melissa Treharne Communications Officer

Melissa Treharne plays for Red Stripes and has done for over 10 years now and was Captain for 4 years. Used to be a competitive disco dancer but now just keeps that to the occasional dance when out. Has worked in the Health and Fitness Industry for over 20 years now and is passionate about people being active and fit.  Has been on the committee for a few years now.

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Nasem Khan - Youth development Officer

Nasem Khan Youth development Officer

I have been a member of L,D & DNL netball league for approx. 25 years. As a volunteer I set up a team in 1997 and over time became involved in coaching and officiating, achieving my UKCC L2 qualification in 2009 and became a B award umpire in 2015. During this time I have played and officiated in all the leagues across Bedfordshire and officiated in the East Regional League and at other regional and county events.  I have also been involved as a coach and team manager with the Bedfordshire Netball County Academies supporting the development of youth players within the county.

Although I now only play part-time, I still actively coach and umpire.  I am a club coach, plus deliver Back to Netball and Walking Netball sessions in the local community. I have a passion for our sport and in particular our league and the development of youth players.

I am vice chair of Luton Tornadoes Netball club, a development club with junior, youth and adults sections.

I am excited and looking forward at the prospect of supporting and working with the new league committee. I hope that my experience and knowledge can help build the Luton, Dunstable & District Netball League into a strong, competitive and progressive league and build on youth development.

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Vicki Crowston - Committee Member

Vicki Crowston Committee Member

My name is Vicki. I am originally from Southampton and moved to Luton  for work after university.  I got back into netball about 10 years ago after not really playing much since school and then joined Red Stripes 6 years ago. I'm so glad I did as it allowed me to meet so many more people in the area and make some great friends.   

I work locally at the airport for easyJet. I have been with them for 12 years and working as a Project Manager for the last 5.  Working in travel really helps me with my travelling habit and I usually try to get away several times a year. Unfortunately since COVID hit, that's not so easy ! 

 It’s my first year on the LDDNL Committee and I am looking forward to working with the team and developing the league.

 

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Jenny Bush - Committee Member

Jenny Bush Committee Member

Netball has been a huge part of my life for over 40 years. I moved to Luton for my first teaching post at a Secondary school, and was soon playing/umpiring 3 or 4 times a week in leagues and for Beds, (with some memorable mixed tournaments and great netballing holidays too.) Most significant are the people I’ve met and friends made through netball.
I coached schools, league teams and the county U14 youth squad. No longer able to play, (my body tells me regularly, so I swim instead) - I continue to umpire myself and support beginner umpires.
I continue to work for Luton Council in schools supporting staff to support young people. I've previously held several roles on the committee and look forward to finding ways together to encourage more women to continue playing.

 

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