England Golf appoints new CEO25th January, 2013 by Alistair Dunsmuir
The director of Derbyshire Sport, David Joy, has been named the chief executive of England Golf, one of the most powerful positions in British golf.
His experience working with legislative and parliamentary bodies proved pivotal to the appointment, which hints towards some of the aims England Golf has for the next few years.
England Golf, the result of the 2012 merger between the men’s and women’s game, is the governing body for amateur golf in England, making it far and away the biggest golf union in Europe, with nearly 2,000 golf clubs and over 760,000 golf club members on its books. Almost every club golfer in England funds England Golf via a small levy in their subscription, and the body plays a major role in introducing the game to people, helping clubs operate as businesses and managing the handicapping system.
David, the former chief executive of Scottish Athletics, replaces John Petrie, who left last year and, like David, comes from a non-golfing background. He will begin work on April 22.
He said: “This is a really exciting time for amateur golf following the merger of the men’s and women’s game. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to join England Golf and to work with the board, the staff team, the volunteers at national, county and club level and our key partners, as we seek to take advantage of the many opportunities for golf development throughout England.”
Derbyshire Sport is one of 49 county sports partnerships in England and provides the strategic lead for sport and active recreation in the county. Within this role David has directed Derbyshire’s relationships with Sport England, Sports Coach UK and many national governing bodies of sport, including England Golf.
David is also a keen golfer and until recently was a member of Trentham Park Golf Club.
Nigel Evans, chair of the England Golf board, commented: “We are delighted that David has agreed to join us. His extensive experience in the governance of sport and working with a variety of stakeholders, including legislative and parliamentary bodies, will be extremely valuable. We are looking forward to David using that experience to bring future development and further growth to England Golf.”