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Bridge Directors & Hosts

Andrew Kambites

Andrew Kambites is a bridge grand master. Among his recent successes on the national scene are winning the Tollemache cup and Pachabo cup for Gloucestershire.

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Andrew has written over 20 instructional bridge books, some as sole author, and others in partnership with such illustrious names as Eric Crowhurst, Ron Klinger and Hugh Kelsey. Andrew has written bridge articles for the EBU magazine, English Bridge, for 25 years.

Andrew was on the EBU directors' panel as a senior congress director before recently retiring from that role.

Andrew has been very active as a bridge teacher, teaching at all levels from beginners to experts. He wrote many of the books for the EBU project, Bridge for All, has provided a hand bank for use by bridge teachers and is an honorary life member of EBUTA (the EBU teachers' association). Andrew has assessed bridge teachers, and has taught and assessed potential club and county directors for the EBU.

Andrew has also been involved in providing material for two bridge computers, the BBC bridge companion and the Saitek pro bridge 500.

Andrew has been directing and running seminars for First for Bridge since retiring as a maths teacher in 1997. His poor, long suffering wife is still working but plans to retire soon. They have two sons and three grandchildren who provide a far greater challenge than any bridge player could manage.

Barry & Maggie Watts

Barry and Maggie Watts are experienced First for Bridge Hosts who work alongside our Directing Teams to ensure a good quality bridge holiday.

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They are both retired professionals who have played club bridge for many years. Both have been extensively involved in organising Bridge and corporate events of various kinds. Barry is an ex-Army Officer and a retired local government officer. He is an established club Director.

Maggie is a retired teacher, charity events organiser and is currently the Area Chairman for The Arts Society, an international Arts Charity.

Barry and Maggie aim to ensure that you have the best possible holiday whether you come with a partner, in a group or you come alone. It will be well organised, relaxing and fun. They look forward to meeting you!

Nigel & Pauline Durie

Nigel and Pauline are both retired professionals – Nigel from teaching and Pauline from teaching via a long nursing career. They have played bridge together for over 30 years, are both National Masters and have represented the North East in county matches.

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Nigel is an experienced county director and has been the chairman of his local club for longer than he cares to remember. Over the last few years he has run a very popular ‘supervised improvers night’ guiding and encouraging relatively inexperienced players to gain confidence in their ability to play at a higher level. Pauline is a club director who has experience of organising local and county congresses and has been actively involved in promoting bridge in the North East. Their main interests in life outside of bridge are travel and their two delightful granddaughters.

Their aim is to ensure that guests leave us smiling and with good memories of stunning locations, enjoyable bridge, and of making new friends.

Mark Hooper

Mark is a bridge Premier Life Master, having played competitively for over 30 years. After retiring from a career in IT, Mark has been able to indulge his passion for bridge. While allowing time to play more bridge, he also threw himself in to other aspects such as to bridge directing and teaching.

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He is an EBU qualified tournament Director, and an EBU accredited bridge teacher, teaching beginners at his local bridge club. He continues to play lots of bridge at a high level, having represented Dorset in major competitions such as the Tollemache, the Corwen and the Pachabo. Mark can be seen at most of the major bridge congresses across the South of England.

Rob Richardson

Rob has extensive experience in the travel industry in both UK and continental Europe. He is semi-retired, these days working part time. He has formally worked as a Police Officer, a newsagent, and in the banking (well before banking was considered a disreputable occupation).

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Rob did not start playing bridge until he was in his 40's. He quickly started to win at his local club and progressed to competing in county and EBU events, mainly these days playing with his wife Rosa, who he considers unfortunate to still be in full time employment. Their most notable success to date is winning the pre congress pairs at the EBU's Scarborough congress this year (2016). They are both qualified bridge directors and teachers.

Eddie & Kathy Williams

Eddie & Kathy have been playing Bridge for over 30 years. For the last twenty years they have been lucky enough to have bridge as their occupation, running bridge holidays, teaching bridge, organising county events, directing tournaments locally, county wide and nationally.

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Both are on the national panel of the EBU tournament Directors. They have five children between them and three grandsons, so lead a very full and hectic life.

David & Gill Gold

David is a retired solicitor and Gill is a retired teacher. They have played bridge for longer than they care to remember, and have been active for many years in the running, and teaching, of bridge in the north east of England.

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David is currently the chief tournament secretary of the North Eastern Bridge Association, and has been a club and county director for many years. Gill has for several years organised the Association's annual bridge congress.

Colin Simcox

Colin Simcox is an EBU Panel Director who can be seen at many events, especially across the West Country and Wales.

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Colin was fortunate to learn bridge whilst at school, now some 40 years ago. He has been playing regularly ever since, and has represented Somerset in the Tollemache Cup on many occasions, as well as the Corwen Trophy and Pachabo. A former Space Planning manager, Colin is now retired and undertaking a large DIY project. He and his wife Marilyn enjoy travelling to warmer climates in their trusty motorhome.

Jacky Baker

Jacky is very happy to be joining the First For Bridge team once more. With husband Bob she worked with Arena for many years and has wonderful memories of the many holidays they were involved with and the lovely people they met along the way. She is a retired teacher and for many years also helped with the running of her local playgroup.

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She has been playing bridge for as long as she can remember and enjoys playing at every opportunity. With Bob she had many triumph's at congresses around the country and has also played for the county on several occasions. Her three children are a great support to her although she is still trying to persuade them that they need to take up bridge!

James & Jane Tullett

James has run his own furnishing business for over 30 years from his base in Norfolk. He has travelled the world furnishing people’s homes, from New York to Singapore, Kuwait to Switzerland. More recently, with his good friend and fellow First for Bridge host, John Barker, they have established the Norfolk Bridge Academy. Between them they have over 100 pupils learning to play and enjoy the wonderful game of bridge.

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James has been playing bridge for over 30 years and is regularly picked for his county, and also enjoys playing in congresses around the country (when his less competitive wife Jane lets him).

Jane has worked as a manager for over 12 years at her local university and then the NHS. She brings her organisational and interpersonal skills to the forefront to make an excellent hosting team with her husband James. Jane is a member of the am-dram group in her village and is also the youngest member of her red hat chapter based in Norwich. Her greatest pleasure is looking after her granddaughter two days a week, now that she has retired from full time employment.

Jane and James have travelled extensively in recent years to explore exotic parts of the world, such as Peru, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. They both enjoy meeting new people, with the emphasis on fun and laughter, which may possibly include a drink or two.

Anne Wright

Anne is a new First for Bridge Host who works alongside our Directors with the aim of ensuring that everyone enjoys their bridge holiday. Anne is friendly and approachable and enjoys her bridge; playing in several competitions near her home in Leicestershire.

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Anne is a qualified bridge Director and she looks forward to welcoming bridge players of all standards on the First for Bridge holidays.