The UK Golf Course Owners Association (UKGCOA), the representative organisation for commercially run golf facilities in the UK, has appointed Andrew Lloyd-Skinner as its full-time Chief Executive Officer.
Having been the part-time Chief Executive of the UKGCOA for the past year and a half, Andrew takes up his role on a full time basis from 1st January 2015.
Andrew, who has been the proprietor and operator of a golf facility in Essex for over 10 years and serves on the UKGCOA Board of Directors, has passed on his responsibilities at his golf business to family members giving him the time to concentrate solely on the UKGCOA.
Speaking of his appointment Andrew said: “Having been involved with the UKGCOA for over 4 years as a member and board member, I have become acutely aware how important it is for golf course owners and operators to be able to access relevant help and advice from the vast experience and knowledge we possess amongst our industry contacts and particularly our Board members, who are all golf facility owners and operators.
“The UKGCOA is now recognised by golf’s governing bodies as the body that represents the interests of golf facility owners and operators, so is regularly consulted on all projects that may have an impact on the commercial interests of golf course operators. I am delighted that I have been offered the opportunity to lead the UKGCOA through the exciting and changing times ahead for the golf industry and especially that I can now dedicate myself to the role on a full time basis.”
Colin Mayes, Chief Executive Officer of Burhill Golf and Leisure, and the UKGCOA’s Chairman, said: “Andy has done a great job leading the UKGCOA over the past 18 months as the part-time Chief Executive, but our Association has progressed to a point where we need a full-time Chief Executive and we are delighted that Andy decided to make himself available after transferring the management of his own golf business to family members. He has a real experience of running a family golf facility and therefore invaluable insights in what it takes to manage a successful golf business today. He has also built up a considerable knowledge base of the issues facing owners and operators and will use this to the advantage of our membership”.
He added: “With Andy leading the Association on a full-time basis this will give us the resource we need to improve the services offered to members and partners”.
Andrew will continue to receive the support of Association Manager Debbie Goddard and colleagues from the Federation of Sports and Play Associations at their offices at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
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