The Golf Foundation has started the formal selection process to appoint a new Chief Executive and build on the momentum the influential golf charity has achieved in recent years.
Founded by among others Sir Henry Cotton in 1952 as a grant-giving body primarily for schools, the Golf Foundation of today is a golf development charity highly respected for making the game more accessible to children from different backgrounds and abilities, providing them with the technical skills and also the life skills associated with the sport.
The Foundation’s national initiative ‘HSBC Golf Roots’ is connecting with hundreds of thousands of young people each year in schools and communities, facilitating direct links with golf clubs and creating the opportunity for many youngsters to enjoy a new sport at club level for the rest of their lives.
The new Chief Executive will manage a strategy that is at the heart of golf’s drive to grow player participation. HSBC Golf Roots is supported by The R&A, The European Tour, the Professional Golfers’ Association, the Ryder Cup Committee and Trust, England Golf, the British Golf Industry Association’s ‘Grow Golf’ Fund, Sport England, and headline sponsor HSBC. The initiative has ambitious fundraising targets in order to grow and expand its reach.
Former Chief Executive Mike Round left at the end of August to take up a key position with the Ladies European Tour after leading the Foundation team for 14 years.
Golf Foundation Chairman Charles Harrison said: “People in golf recognise the outstanding job that Mike did in his time as Chief Executive. It is really important that his successor also brings the highest values, enthusiasm and determination to the role to ensure that this charity continues to excel and develop in the future.
“The right candidate will have a genuine appreciation of the need to encourage the next generation of young golfers from all backgrounds, the varied skill set to run a highly respected national organisation, and the ability to work well with, and influence, leading figures from the world of golf and business.”
The search for quality candidates is being supported by Sports Recruitment International, and the formal specifications of the job can be found at http://sportsrecruitment.com/jobs/details/1515/chief-executive-officer
Golf Foundation www.golf-foundation.org