Dwellcourt Group | Our People
Dwellcourt Group is the leisure division of a diverse group of 10 privately owned companies based in Epsom, Surrey combining leisure, retail, catering, fresh produce and property interests.
Group companies, Leisure, catering, business, Kingswood Golf & Country Club, Silvermere Golf & Leisure, Hilliards, Finance, IT, HR support
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Our People


Jeff Hilliard

Acting Chairman

Jeff has been involved in the family business for 30 years and has recently taken the role of acting chairman after the passing of his father and founder of Dwellcourt, Tom Hilliard OBE.

Jeff has seen the group grow from its humble beginnings to the large operation it is today playing an active role throughout, offering commercial support and guidance along the way.

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Jeff has a strong technical background specialising in property, I.T. and people development. He also has vast experience in mergers, acquisitions and disposals and management of large capital projects.


Terry Sims

Managing Director Golf Retail Group, Silvermere Golf & Dwellcourt Board Member

Terry is a well-established name within the golf industry who joined Dwellcourt as Managing Director of Golf Retail Group in 2013. Based out of Silvermere in Surrey, Terry oversees the operations for the busiest retail outlet on any golf complex in Europe.

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Prior to Silvermere Terry qualified as a PGA Professional at Wentworth and gained invaluable experience at Worplesdon Golf Club,  Brunei and at Kingswood Golf & Country Club, all of which helped build his knowledge of varying retail environments.

In 2004 Terry identified a niche in the market and created Left Handed Golf, a hugely successful retail outlet and online store which he ran for ten successful years at Kingswood Golf & Country Club before relocating the store to Silvermere, allowing him to branch out to a wider retail landscape.

With an ever-keen eye for opportunity, Terry led a full overhaul of the facilities at Silvermere including a multi-million pound investment in a state of the art driving range, construction of four technology studios and the implementation of TopTracer technology.

With a hands-on management style, Terry has forged a range of successful retail partnerships; the numerous shop-in-shop retail concepts within the Silvermere Golf Store such as Under Armour and Adidas, the launch of Planet FootJoy, and a longstanding golf retail concession with a national high-street chain from 2013-2019 are but a few of his initiatives that have helped grow the business from £5m to £12m+ turnover in just six years.


James Bowry

Group Finance Director & Dwellcourt Board Member

James is a Chartered Accountant who started his career as an auditing and tax manager looking after a portfolio of clients from a diverse range of industries. In 2011 he made the leap into industry working as a finance analyst for a Fortune 500 company before following his passion for sport joining Harlequins (rugby) as Financial Controller.

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As his role developed he became pivotal in the commercial side and was heavily involved in key projects such as a £500m stadium redevelopment, setting up a financial bond, creating and growing a new charitable foundation and exploring new commercial opportunities in the USA.

James joined Dwellcourt in 2017 and currently oversees all aspects of finance for the group as well as focusing on new opportunities to add businesses to the growing portfolio.


Sarah Thompson

Head of HR

Sarah is an MCIPD, commercially aligned HR Leader with over 20 years’ experience from Boardroom to Start-up. Her career spans working with companies from SMEs to FTSE 100.

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Starting initially as an HR generalist, she then developed to Strategic HR and business partnering where she specialises in aligning HR Operations to business strategy.  Her experience, whilst predominantly gained in UK employment law and practice, has also been gained in multi-state US, APAC, EMEA and LatAm employment practice including the People infrastructure and operational set-up for overseas offices.

Working on projects that involve anywhere from five to several thousand staff, Sarah’s successes include driving the growth and development of SMEs’ people practices and infrastructure, building organisational competence and elevating employee engagement and capability to the next level.

A future forward HR Leader, she has also driven and delivered on several projects for the acquisition, implementation and embedding of HRMIS and People Portals as tools to add value and align HR commercially.

Sarah has brought her wide ranging skills and experience with her to the Dwellcourt Group where for the last three years she has added value to the People Agenda as a crucial part of the Senior Management Team.


Steve Turnbull

Dwellcourt Non-Executive Director

Steve is a qualified accountant with over 20 years commercial experience working for both national and multinational companies. Having started his career with Discovery Inc he joined Dwellcourt in 2010 as Finance Director and was instrumental in making the role more commercial and forward thinking.

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He was responsible for raising finance and delivering multi million pound projects in this time including a hotel and driving range.

Steve has also led and delivered several management buy outs (MBOs), disposals, acquisitions and joint ventures being involved in all aspects from due diligence, valuations, funding and integrating teams and systems.

Steve left Dwellcourt in 2018 to join Eventist Group but is still a non-executive board member offering support and guidance to the board and group.