Karen Tonge OBE

Karen Tonge OBE<br>Chairman
Karen is an experienced Board Member and Chairman and Vice Chairman in the sport, health, public and education sectors. These have included:-Chairman North West Region TTE since 1988; Halton Table Tennis Ltd Chairman from 1999; Cheshire County TT Association. International Umpire since 1988 and International referee from 1997; Member of ETTA Management Committee including Equity, Safeguarding and Teaching & Training1998-2002; Honorary Life Member Table Tennis England.

Member of TTE and ETTU Umpire & Referees Committees, Director for World Championships in Manchester followed by Competition Manager for Commonwealth Games 2002. She has been Director of Sport Cheshire 2001-14 and School Games Ambassador 2014-17 and on Executive Halton Sports Partnership 2001-17, Wealth of Board experience from her time as Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Audit and later Vice Chairman of an NHS Trust; then Chairman Community Health Council and Health Forum. Chairman Children’s Advisory Panel, member of Adoption Panel and School Governor for many years. CCPR DIO Vice Chairman 2005-9 and North West Federation of Sport Chairman. Also was on National Trade Union executive.

Karen tutored for TTE in Coaching & training umpires, Sport England in Running Sport. Currently self-employed Sports Consultant. Karen became involved with Para table tennis with coaching of a player and then as Referee for events. Proud to have been appointed Acting Chairman BTTAD in 2014 and elected Chairman in 2015.

In 2022, Karen was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Paralympic table tennis. She was presented with her OBE by the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle.