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About the Staff

Andrew Robson

Andrew Robson

From small beginnings above a pub in Chelsea in 1995, Andrew has recruited a fabulous team which, under his leadership, make bridge uniquely fun, friendly and non-threatening. At its heart, ARBC is a teaching Club and Andrew has devised all the courses and is constantly fine-tuning them. You will see Andrew most Wednesdays and at other odd times when he is not running charity events and master classes around the country, playing tournaments or writing his daily Times column or weekly for Country Life. To read more about Andrew click here.

Caroline

Caroline Brooman-White

The heart and soul of the Club, Caroline teaches and supervises with a wonderful enthusiasm for the game. As co-director of the Club (with Andrew) she has watched the Club develop from small enterprise above a pub to major success story with its own dedicated premises. Come on Monday evening, Tuesday morning or Friday morning (among other sessions) and you will see Caroline work her magic.

David

David Bakhshi

The main teacher of our structured courses, David has such a clear, yet relaxed style, that his students rave about his classes - and invariably come back for more! David has the rare talent of being a brilliant teacher and a top player. In the world's top 100, David is a regular member of the English Bridge team. Next to Andrew and Caroline, David has been part of the team for longest, and his contribution is invaluable.

Nick

Nick Boss

Whether making sure the Club runs smoothly, supervising beginners, or playing at the top level, Nick's efficiency, plus his clear-thinking and logical approach, and his love of the game, always shines through. Nick, a man of vision, is a great asset both to the main Club and to our offshoot at the Notting Hill Harbour Club where he runs a Supervised Practice and a Duplicate every Wednesday. He will sometimes be found winning a Bridge Tournament with...

Richard

Richard Johnson

Nick's Bridge partner - and what a partner! Richard's "flair-Bridge" is legendary; and highly successful. His supervision and Duplicate directing are both efficient and enthusiastic and he has become a really accomplished and inspirational teacher. Many of our weekend courses – more and more popular - are taught by Richard. His easy, relaxed manner ensures a happy time for all.

Lorna

Lorna Heaton

Lorna's vibrant personality always lightens up the mood, whether it be at the Club, where she is integral in organising the courses and giving her pearls of wisdom at the table, or alongside Jack Stocken on our Bridge Club Weekends and Holidays. Along with Caroline, Lorna was originally a Club member before Andrew recognised that her talents were perfectly suited to working in the Club.

Natasha

Natasha Clarke

Natasha, always gentle and enthusiastic, is a teacher by training, as is evidenced by her great communication skills when supervising and teaching. She is a really super addition to the team, particularly concerned with ensuring that our less experienced players have a very special time.

Grazyna

Grazyna Wrobel

Grazyna's bubbly optimism lights up any table. And her Bridge has improved out of all recognition. Seamlessly moving from behind the Bar, to supervising, to helping out in a class, to making sure the Club is spick and span, Grazyna is very, very, special.  Come on Tuesday evening to our Supervised Play – or the many other sessions she makes so worthwhile - and you’ll find out why she is valued so highly.

Martin Jones

Martin Jones

Crisis – what crisis? Martin’s affable and calming presence, his smooth directing and helpful supervising, make him an invaluable member of staff. Martin runs our new Start the Week Duplicate on Monday Morning.

Jack Stocken

Jack Stocken

After working tirelessly at the Club for some seven years, Jack has moved to the Yorkshire Dales with his wife Annabel and baby daughter Sophie. Pleasingly, we have not lost him, for the ever-popular Jack has taken over the running of the ARBC holidays, which go from strength to strength.

Heather Bakhshi

Heather Bakhshi

David's wife Heather is a great asset to the Club. Heather runs our Thursday morning Duplicate in a most efficient way and always with a smile on her face.

 

Pip Railing

A former England Junior Squad member Pip can be found running most of the club duplicates. WIth a sharp wit and even sharper logical mindset he is the go to for a plethora of questions ranging from, "How should this hand be bid?" to, "How do I put my phone on silent and by the way whats the cricket score?"

 

Paddy Buckley

Paddy Buckley

Our host on Friday nights, Paddy's day job is a teacher at Ludgrove School. He has a easy-going manner and charm that ensures a lovely, relaxed atmosphere.

Peter Stocken

Peter Stocken

A legendary figure. Father of Jack, Simon and Zeb, who have all had long stints at the Club, Peter is a jigsaw-puzzle maker from Yorkshire, always lending a willing hand when he can find an excuse to come down to London. Peter writes the hand analyses for Tuesday and Thursday evenings in his own inimitable style. Win the Tuesday- Thursday evening Ladder and you are the holder of the Stocken Cup, newly named after the family that has had so much involvement in the Club.

 

Emma Hyde

Loyal member ever since its inception almost ten years ago, Emma is now very much part of the team, an invaluable supervisor on a Monday night or in any crisis.

Martin Lee

Martin Lee

Our friendly Monday Afternoon director, works full time running bridge events, not just here but through out the SE. He is also able to equip and supply your special bridge event, up to 60 tables! Please see his website www.thebridgestore.co.uk

Jane Brydon-Brown

Jane Brydon-Brown

Loyal supporter of the Club as a member, Jane now gives her pearls of wisdom on our Friday morning Special Hands session.

Shahriar Bakhtiar

Shahriar Bakhtiar

Bridge is never dull with Shahriar around. Whether supervising or playing, he injects an energy and an eccentricity that can make even a One Notrump contract look exciting.

Nicky Caine

Nicky Caine

Our fabulous efficient bookkeeper who is so much more than that. Nicky is the only member of staff who has ben with Andrew since the very beginning in 1995 – even Caroline came a year later.

Kiril Delev

Son of the England Ladies star and widley respected Nevena Senior Kiril has a natural talent for the game and aspirations or climbing to the very top.

Daniel Jones

A more enthusiastic, optimistic and efficient barman you would rarely find. Daniel is always cheerful and fun to be around (shame about his dress sense though...).

Lena Grygorashchenko

Lena Grygorashchenko

A kind, smiling face who runs the bar in a most effective way. Lena's bridge is more than adequate too.

 

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