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Debbie Jevans is in the running to be SW19's FIRST-EVER female chair

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 06/10/2022 Mike Dickson for the Daily Mail

A first female chairman of Wimbledon could be the upshot from an unusual spell of turmoil at the All England Club.

Former British player Debbie Jevans is one of two names in the frame for what is now expected to be a change of leadership next year. Three senior personnel at director level have left the All England in the past two months, leaving gaps in the management team. 

Meanwhile, the huge development scheme on neighbouring golf club land continues to meet with heavy local opposition and faces further delays.

Debbie Jevans could make history by becoming Wimbledon's first-ever female chairperson © Provided by Daily Mail Debbie Jevans could make history by becoming Wimbledon's first-ever female chairperson Jevans was a former British tennis player - and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1979 © Provided by Daily Mail Jevans was a former British tennis player - and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1979

It appears current chairman Ian Hewitt will be gone by next summer’s tournament after four years in the position. He has presided over a troubled period which has seen Covid disruption added to by bitter squabbles which saw Wimbledon lose its ranking status due to the refusal to admit Russian players in the summer.

It appears his successor will be either Jevans or Kevin Havelock, a senior executive at corporate giants Unilever. Jevans has the greater tennis pedigree, having reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1979. She has since had management roles at the London Olympics, the 2015 Rugby World Cup and English Football League.

Were she to become the first woman as chairman, joining Sally Bolton as chief executive, it would mean two females becoming the most powerful members of the club.

Last week commercial director Gus Henderson abruptly left the All England club after just 15 months. That followed the departure of estate director Robert Deatker, and the exit of marketing and communications director Alexandra Willis, who has taken a role at the Premier League. 

The club have, however, recruited a new marketing and commercial director, Usama Al-Qassab, who will start this month.

It appears current chairman Ian Hewitt will be gone by next summer's tournament at SW19 © Provided by Daily Mail It appears current chairman Ian Hewitt will be gone by next summer's tournament at SW19 Read more
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