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Joy vacates England Golf position

Organisation begins the search for a new chief executive following surprise resignation

ENGLAND GOLF is on the look-out for a new chief executive following the resignation of David Joy.

Joy, who has been at the helm of amateur and grassroots golf in England since April 2013, is standing down to take up a similar position with British Canoeing.

Announcing Joy’s departure, England Golf chairman Graham Yates commented: “I must thank David for his enthusiasm and support for England Golf and its aspirations. Significant progress has been achieved during his two-and-a-half years in office, particularly with the launch of the ‘Strategic Plan for England Golf, Raising Our Game’.”


That ‘Strategic Plan’ was designed to ‘call on all who are involved in the sport’ to work together to ‘create a brighter future for the game’. It aimed to create more players, more club members, stronger clubs and winning golfers, as well as outstanding championships, an improved image of the game and excellent governance.

Yates added that it would be ‘business as normal’ until a new appointment is made. “Arrangements are being put in hand in this respect with immediate effect,” he said.


David Joy joined England Golf, following the merger of the former English Golf Union and English Women’s Golf Association, bringing with him over 25 years of management experience within national and local sports organisations, more than 12 of which had been as a chief executive.

Taking the job, he remarked: “This is a really exciting time for amateur golf following the merger of the men’s and women’s games. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to join England Golf and to work with the board, the staff team, the volunteers at national, county and club level, and our key partners as we seek to take advantage of the many opportunities for golf development throughout England.”

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