Heather was born in London in 1966. She lives in Dorset with her husband of 21 years, Jeremy. Heather is a professional bridge player, teacher and writer.
Heather's parents, Mike and Hazel Dunstan, both avid bridge players, introduced bridge to their teenage children, Heather, Cathy and Peter. The Dunstan children quickly absorbed the finer points of the game and enjoyed a high standard of Kitchen Bridge.
Heather soon graduated from the home game to the international scene. Her team from York University won the Portland Bowl and represented England in the Entente Cordiale in 1987. At York, she also acquired a Music degree and Heather still enjoys playing the piano.
At the age of 24, Heather began playing for the Ladies team. The highlights of Heather's international career occurred in 2008 and 2012 at the Mind Sports Games in Beijing and Lille where the England women won the Gold medal. She was also part of the winning England Women's team in the 2016 European Championships. Heather also won the Silver medal in the Venice Cup in Bali in 2013 and European Championships in 2014, won the Bronze medal in the Venice Cup in 2015 and the Olympiad in Istanbul in 2004, and won the World Mixed Teams in Rhodes in 1996. She has also won four European Championships, the first two (1997 & 1999) for Great Britain in partnership with Liz McGowan, the third (2001) for England with Nicola Smith, and the fourth in 2012 with Nevana Senior. In addition, she has won a record 13 Lady Milne trophies; eight of them partnering Sally Anoyrkatis, and five in partnership with Nicola.
Heather fondly remembers her early days playing at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. One of the first times that she played at the Club, she was sitting by herself at the bar looking through the hands when a kind, bearded fellow sat down. He offered witty and insightful comments about a few perplexing hands. Heather nearly worked up the courage to ask him for a game but in the end was too timid. David Burn eventually became a close friend and semi-regular partner. Together, they won the prestigious Brighton Pairs in 2001.
Heather continued to forge friendships and hone her bridge skills at the YC. In addition to David, she met and formed a successful partnership with Rob Cliffe with whom she won the Grand Master Pairs in 2004 and 2006, and the Premier Grand Master Pairs in 2007 and 2008.
Undoubtedly, Heather's most significant and enduring partnership has been with Jeremy Dhondy. They married in 1992. The winners of the European Open mixed teams in Antalya 2007 and the Hubert Phillips Bowl (1997), Jeremy and Heather regularly play on several teams together.
Heather is a member of the EBU board, has served as Chairman of the EBU Selection Committee, and is chair of the Tournament Director Development Group.
Last updated: June 2016
Read Heather's, A day in the life of... - October 2011
Major International Appearances
Women's European Championships: 1997* 1999* 2001* 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012* 2014 and 2016*
Venice Cup: 1995 1997 2000 2001 2003 2005 2007 2011 2013 and 2015
Women's World Olympiad: 1996 2000 2004 2008* 2012* and 2016
* = 1st place
Camrose trophy selections: 2015
Lady Milne Trophy Selections: 1990 1991 1992 1993 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2004 2005 2006 and 2007
Brighton Pairs, Harold Poster Cup Winner: 2001
The Hubert Phillips Bowl Winner: 1997
Tollemache Cup winner: 2000 and 2017