Strategic marketing consultant Anabel Sextonhas joined the board of the England Golf Partnership (EGP) as an independent non-executive director.
The EGP brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England National Lottery funding. It aims to increase participation in golf, from grass roots to elite level, and make England the leading golf nation in the world by 2020.
Anabel, who has extensive interests in sport, has played golf since childhood and has enjoyed a long career within the golf industry. She said: “This is an exciting time for golf and it’s great to be involved in growing the game. I am very enthusiastic about the work of the EGP and its campaign to inspire more people to Get into golf and I look forward to working with the team.”
Bill Bryce, the chairman of the EGP, commented: “I’m delighted Anabel has agreed to join the EGP management board. After an extensive recruitment process, Anabel will be an excellent addition to an already impressive team. Her experience, knowledge and skills are well suited to our needs and we look forward to her contribution well into the future.”
Anabel started her career in golf with IMG, working with professionals on the Ladies European Tour, before moving into video production and distribution working, among others, with Ian Woosnam on his instructional video.
She set up her own agency in 1998 and took on the PR contract for TaylorMade adidas golf, along with the Wales bid for the 2010 Ryder Cup. Her successful work with TaylorMade led to her selling her agency and taking on the role of their European Brand Communications Director, a position which she held until 2001.
Since then, Anabel has worked extensively as a non-executive director at board level. She served for four years as a director for the Sport & Recreation Alliance, a year on the board of England Netball, has advised Sport England on the distribution of funds to women’s projects, and has just completed her ninth year as a governor of MillfieldSchool in Somerset where she is now deputy chair and governor for sport.
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