UK BOARD OF TRUSTEES

SIMON GOLDBERG

SECRETARY

Simon is a partner at the London based UK firm Simons Muirhead & Burton. He is Head of the Commercial and Corporate Practice for the law firm, and his clients are from a broad base of book and magazine publishers, film and television companies, agencies and sporting bodies.

Key clients include Dennis Publishing, Time Out Magazine, Agatha Christie Limited, LADbible, Watford Football Club, and the Professional Squash Association.

Over the last few years, Simon has been the main external legal advisor for the PSA in the UK, advising in relation to Squash Shop, media rights and sponsorship deals, regulatory matters and the formal legal merger of the Men’s and Women’s Tours. Simon and his firm have also been instrumental in assisting the establishment of the PSA Foundation.

Simon graduated from University of Cambridge in 1984 and from the College of Law in 1986. He is currently a part-time visiting lecturer in Media Studies at Warwick University. He is a member of MCC, a life Fellow of Zoological Society of London, a trustee of the Death Penalty Project, and an avid (vintage) squash player.

ALICIA McCONNELL

Alicia is based Dublin and is currently self-employed, working on selective consulting projects, non-profit strategic development initiatives and developing diversity and inclusion criteria. She was formerly the Director of Training Sites and Community Partnerships for the United States Olympic Committee where she worked in a multitude of capacities. 

Her main responsibility was to cultivate collaborations with community organizations throughout the United States which accessed additional resources, services and facilities for athletes and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs). She developed and implemented numerous Olympic and Paralympic Training Sites which serve national athletes and teams and Community Olympic Development Programs which created sport opportunities for underserved youth.

Alicia has an extensive background as an elite athlete and coach, in program development and management and in non-profit strategic development and governance. She authored the Youth Sport Development Strategy for the USOC, broadened the scope of Athlete Services particularly in transition from sport into work, initiated the USOC and NGB Young Professional Mentor Network and launched the USOCs LGBT Employee Service Group.

Alicia is passionate about community service and creating opportunities for those less privileged. She is very active in her new community of Dublin, Ireland and in sport. She serves as a Trustee for the Professional Squash Association Foundation, volunteers for Sporting Pride Ireland and DePaul Charities in Dublin.

Alicia grew up in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 18 Alicia won all three titles of Junior, Intercollegiate and Women’s National Squash Champion. She won the World Junior Championships in 1980 (unofficial) and went on to win the US Nationals for seven years in a row from 1981-1988. In 1988 Alicia achieved her highest world ranking of 14 and in 1984 she also earned a spot on the US National Women’s Lacrosse Team. She has competed in six world championships and one Pan American Games (when squash was added in 1995 where she won silver and bronze medals).

BRIAN MacDOUGALL

Brian has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1994. He started his HK career as a squash coach and has been active in the squash community ever since. He organised a PSA event in 1995, held a PSA ranking of 181 in 95/96, was a HK squash league committee member for 12 years and was part of the organising committee for the 2014 World Masters Championships held in HK.

Brian has worked in the hedge fund industry since 2000 and eventually became Co-Founder/Executive Director of a fund management company which he eventually sold. He is currently Responsible Officer for an investment management company as well as being involved in numerous businesses, such as co- founder of Coco Color Company, a growing start-up founded in 2014, and a coconut oil processing business in Africa.

Brian is also a certified executive coach working across a variety of industries. Brian’s mission is to help fellow business executives excel in their roles as well as their private lives. He especially enjoys working with start-up companies.

MICHAEL HILL

Founder and Chairman of Rackets Cubed, they run integrated Squash, Tennis, Education (Maths) and Nutrition Programmes for local disadvantaged inner-city school children. Partnered with LTA’s Tennis Foundation, England Squash, and PSA World Tour.

Rackets Cubed programmes are currently hosted at 6 locations across London and Yorkshire including the National Tennis Centre, Reeds School, Roehampton University, and the Roehampton club. In each 2 hour session, the children do an hour of Maths / STEM, an hour of Rackets Sports and are then fed an evening meal. These run up to 3 days a week, for the whole school year.

Michael has a long history as an investor in selected Technology / Healthcare and Philanthropic Enterprises. Previously Vice Chairman of Barclays Investment Bank, and Global co-Head of Healthcare Investment Banking. Prior to that Mr Hill was Global co-Head of Healthcare Banking at Citigroup, and 11 years at Goldman Sachs (NY, London and Frankfurt).

MBA from INSEAD and MA in Engineering Science from Oxford University.

ALEX GOUGH

ALEX IS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE PROFESSIONAL SQUASH ASSOCIATION (PSA). HE JOINED THE PSA IN 2008 AFTER A 15-YEAR CAREER AS PROFESSIONAL SQUASH PLAYER, WHERE HE REACHED A HIGH WORLD RANKING OF FIVE, REPRESENTING WALES AT THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AND WINNING A BRONZE MEDAL.

Gough, who holds a first class honours degree in mathematics from Cardiff University, was instrumental in the set-up of SQUASHTV and its subsequent commercial success.

Sarah-Jane Perry

Perry is the current PSA Women’s President and is also one of the leading players on the Women’s Tour. 

SJ will help bridge the need of the PSA players in line with the overall objectives of the PSA Foundation as well as being an active voice for the PSA Foundation in helping to achieve our objectives. SJ’s input as the PSA Women’s President will be invaluable when discussing our player wellbeing and equality objectives, as well as her role with the Birmingham Commonwealth Games being key to helping us grow our grassroots and community engagement activities.