Sandy Jones joins England Golf board29th July, 2013 by Alistair Dunsmuir
The long-running chief executive of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), Sandy Jones, has joined the board of England Golf.
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
It has been a period of change for the organisation, as it was formed following the merger of the English Golf Union and the English Women’s Golf Association last year.
A few months after the merger its chief executive, John Petrie, resigned, and he has now been replaced by the former director of Derbyshire Sport, David Joy.
Jones has joined the existing 12 directors of the England Golf board as a co-opted member for at least the next two years.
The appointment suggests that the amateur and professional game will be working closely together over the coming months.
Jones commented: “I am delighted to have been asked to join the board of England Golf. This is a very exciting, as well as challenging, time for our game and I look forward to working with the England Golf team as they develop their future strategy to encourage more people to play golf and to inspire existing golfers to play more.”
David Joy added: “We are delighted that Sandy has agreed to serve on England Golf’s board. This step will further strengthen the excellent partnership which already exists between the PGA and England Golf, as we work together to develop golf in England.”
Nigel Evans, the chair of England Golf, also welcomed the news. “This is an innovative appointment and a very positive step for England Golf. Sandy will bring a different perspective and years of experience to our discussions as we begin to plan our new future,” he said.
Sandy Jones’s involvement with the PGA goes back over 34 years and he has led the association in its work to identify and support the needs of over 7,500 qualified member coaches worldwide in his role as chief executive since 1991.