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BIGGA’s Chief Executive to Leave

10.11am 21st October 2010 - People

The Board of the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association is sad to announce that after 17 years of service its Chief Executive, John Pemberton, has given notice of his intention to move on. John first joined the Association in March 1993 as its Accountant, moving up to take the reins as Chief Executive in March 2004.

“The BIGGA Board of Directors wishes to thank John for his leadership and dedication to the job over the years which has resulted in BIGGA significantly increasing in size, profile and industry positioning” comments Chairman, Paul Worster.

John will continue in his current position until the end of April 2011 and will be helping the Board with the recruitment of a suitable successor.



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  • David White


    Seeking the ‘help’ of an employee in the recruiting of his successor, no matter how high his office may have been is, in my view, a recipe for disaster. In my opinion, the best thing that the BIGGA board of management might consider doing in this situation will be to bring in a professional recruiter; someone with a clear and unbiased understanding of the situation [AND the very many professional tasks that are routinely undertaken by greenkeepers] and to then hire a professional man [or woman] who has especially strong skills in PR. This is priority number one. To have made two expensive mistakes in succession is, in my view, two too many. More than anything else, BIGGA needs a powerful communicator.

  • Paul Worster

    Thank you David.

    Naturally the Directors of BIGGA are examining a number of options.

    Could you drop me a line when you have a moment.

    Regards – Paul Worster.

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