Quiz Masters

Liz Ashton 

Liz started her working life as sports teacher, then a law lecturer before ending up as a criminal defence solicitor with her own firm.  

She played several sports at county level as well as competing on her horses. Following a life-changing injury, Liz retired from her law practice and took the leap to return to her greatest love, singing.  

Liz is well known now as a professional singer, most notably as the lead singer of the hugely popular Motown Pirates band. She lists her greatest achievements as having her daughter, Kate, and raising a large amount of money in one special night for Pancreatic Cancer UK. The one-off ‘UK Tribute to Aretha Franklin’. Brought together the UK’s best singers, musicians and a gospel choir, not to mention all the stage crew, sound and lighting who all agreed work for nothing. 

 “I have sung to audiences of thousands but that night, with a crowd of just 1,000, remains the best night I have ever experienced professionally in terms of the love in the room and the generosity of the people there.” 

Booked almost 2 years ahead Covid-19 has decimated the entertainment and hospitality industries, like so many others.  Almost overnight, all Liz’s bookings for the entire year were cancelled or postponed. To fill the gap, Liz has been singing live online in lockdown for the NHS to 20,000 views and writing this quiz book for charity.  

Chris Coley 

​Chris Coley has been well known in Gloucestershire sporting circles since his days at Cheltenham College and has played cricket, rugby and football for Cheltenham. With his cricket hat on, he was in the Cheltenham side that won the National Knockout Final at Lord’s against Stockport and has been an active playing member of MCC and Gloucestershire Gypsies. 

He has been involved in sports quizzing since the late 1960’s, appeared three times on the BBC’s Brain of Sport programme hosted by Peter Jones in the early 1970’s, and has previously published seven quiz books. In a previous life he taught English at Stout’s Hill School, Uley, where his most celebrated and indeed gifted pupil was a certain Stephen Fry! 

On “retiring” from teaching, he became marketing manager at Gloucestershire CCC and then set up his own sports sponsorship/ corporate hospitality business in Cheltenham with his brother Ian, who attended six Olympic Games, as either coach/manager of the British Olympic clay pigeon shooting team. He is still very much involved with the Cheltenham Cricket Festival but his main sporting passion now is horse racing (and playing virtual lockdown Scrabble with his co-author). 

Chris has been involved for the past twenty years as an owner with over 150 winners so far and is now the business partner of Fergal O’Brien, the much-respected local trainer.