Cameron in and Kilby out at UKGCOA
The manager of Duff House Royal Golf Club in Scotland has been named as the general manager of the UK Golf Course Owners Association (UKGCOA).
James Cameron’s role will be full-time, the first time UKGCOA, which was set up in 2010 to introduce comprehensive market data and share best practice to benefit UK golf courses, has had such a post.
It means that Jerry Kilby, executive director of UKGCOA, will stand down in order to concentrate fully on his role as chief executive of the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE).
James, who has been at Duff House Royal for the last three years, said: “It is testament to the work of the UKGCOA that it has shown growth during a challenging time for the golf industry. I am excited to be taking the helm and look forward to meeting and working alongside members and corporate partners.”
Jerry Kilby added: “The UKGCOA’s rapid growth has led to the necessity for full-time management and James has the experience and expertise to bring considerable value to the organisation.
“I have been privileged to be involved with the set-up and launch of the UKGCOA and I’m proud of what the organisation has achieved in that time and how quickly it has grown.
“I’d like to thank all UKGCOA members, the board and UKGCOA sponsors for the support I have received in this role and offer my best wishes to the new management team of James and Andy in their new positions.”
As part of the changes, North Weald Golf Club owner and UKGCOA board member Andy Lloyd-Skinner has been appointed as the new vice-chairman of UKGCOA and will offer part-time support to James Cameron.
Colin Mayes, chief executive officer of Burhill Group, and the UKGCOA’s chairman, said: “On behalf of all the members I’d like to extend a warm welcome to both James and Andy. We look forward to what we hope will be a long and successful future with the UKGCOA.
“I’d also like to thank Jerry for all his hard work getting the organisation to the position that it currently occupies in this country’s golf industry.”