Tennis is played at Petworth House by courtesy of the National Trust and the Rt. Hon Lord Egremont. It is controlled by the Board of Directors, including a nominee of Lord Egremont, who owns the estate.
Lord Egremont is the President of PHTC, and there are nine Vice-Presidents, all of whom have given distinguished service to PHTC over many years. These are N.W. Smith, D.J.E. Foster, B.L. Ellis, D.R. Brazier, Sir John Ritblat, M.E. Fairbarns, D.J.L. Godfray, J.C. Francis, S.W.Newton, C. Armstrong-Smith and H.C. Rawlings.
PHTC has had six Chairmen since it was formed in 1960. The founder was Andy Dawson and he was the prime mover in the reopening of the court in 1960. In 1962 he became the first Chairman and served until 1974, when Eddie Harrison took over, serving until 1987. Then Captain Johnnie Coote became Chairman through to 1993, succeeded by Jack Phelps to 1994. David Godfray then became Chairman and held the office until he stood down in 2010.
Since 2010 the Chairman has been Philip Robinson, and the Vice-Chairman Robert Dolman. The Board also includes twelve further Directors and is responsible for controlling club policy matters as follows:
Day to day management is the responsibility of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman, Andrew Falk (Hon. Secretary), Julian Wilkinson (Hon. Treasurer), Lucy Hutchinson (Hon. Membership Secretary) and Christopher Swan (Hon. Fixtures Secretary).
Other Directors are Simon Knight (the nominee of Lord Egremont), Charles Fuente (Legal Advice – Corporate), Carole Muir (Child Protection), Andrew Page (Youth Programme), Nigel Draffan (Health & Safety), David Fortune (Court Maintenance), Robert Muir (Legal Advice – Property) and Jon Petersen (IT & Communications).