Richard Dixon - Chief Executive   Richard Dixon
Chief Executive
Gillian O'Leary - Director of Performance   Gillian O'Leary
Director of Performance
Fiona Davies - Research Officer   Fiona Davies
Research Officer
  David Wilson
Championship Manager
Daniel Farmer - Club Services and Coach Education Manager   Daniel Farmer
Club Services & Coach Education Manager
Linda Stokoe - Administration Officer   Linda Stokoe
Administration Officer (Finance)
Laurie Evans - Administration Officer   Laurie Evans
Administration Officer
Nicola Miller - Administration Officer   Nicola Miller
Administration Officer (Championships)

Richard Dixon, Chief Executive

richard.dixon@golfunionwales.org

Richard was appointed CEO of the GUW in 2007 following the merger of the Welsh Golfing Union (WGU) and Welsh Ladies Golf Union. Before this he was Secretary of the WGU a position he occupied since 1992. A former scratch player Richard is still a keen golfer and currently a member of Whitchurch GC having previously been a member of Brecon, Cradoc, Welshpool, Llanymynech and Monmouthshire golf clubs.

Gillian O'leary, Director of Performance

gillianoleary@golfunionwales.org

Gillian joined the GUW in December 2016 and is responsible for leading and managing player development, provision of coaching and the competitive programme for elite players and national teams.

Dr Fiona Davies, Research Officer

fiona.davies@golfunionwales.org

Fiona commenced a two year contract with the GUW in November 2013. She is responsible for designing and carrying out research among golf clubs, golfers and potential golfers and disseminating the findings, as well as analysing publicly available data which may give insights into the golf market. Prior to joining the GUW, Fiona spent over 20 years in academia, where she specialised in sports marketing research.

David Wilson, Championship Manager

David.Wilson@golfunionwales.org

David joined the GUW team in January 2016 and is responsible for the management of Championships run under the auspices of the Golf Union of Wales. After graduating from Birmingham University reading Applied Golf Management Studies, he spent three years working for The PGA and their National Tournament Department prior to moving to the GUW. David also holds AA status PGA Membership and is a level 3 qualified R&A referee.

Daniel Farmer, Club Services & Coach Education Manager

dan.farmer@golfunionwales.org

Dan joined the GUW Team in May 2013 and is responsible for managing Club Services, Coach Education, Handicapping and Course Rating throughout Wales. Club Services incorporate all aspects of golf facility management and best practice whilst working closely with other UK and European organisations such as the R&A, GCMA, BIGGA etc. Coach Education is responsible for increasing the quality of golf coaches (both PGA Professionals and volunteer) and golf coaching to meet the needs and demands of all golfers in Wales whilst working in partnership with the Professional Golf Association (PGA). Dan has achieved a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales, Newport and a MSc Information Management and Computer Science from Loughborough University.

Linda Stokoe, Administration Officer (Finance)

linda.stokoe@golfunionwales.org

Linda has responsibility for aspects of the Union's financial and accounting arrangements and for providing day to day administration support for all aspects of the Union's business.

Stuart Stenhouse, Administration Officer

laurie.evans@golfunionwales.org

Laurie joined the Golf Union of Wales in May 2016 and is one of three administration officers who assists the Union in achieving its objectives through carrying out general administration duties. Laurie's role is predominantly concerned with the Teams and Performance department and includes co-ordinating all logistics concerning squads and teams, ordering and distributing clothing and equipment and liaising with suppliers, coaches and support staff.

Nicola Miller, Administration Officer

nicola.miller@golfunionwales.org

Nicola has been with the Golf Union of Wales since August 2012 and is one of three administration officers who assists the Union in achieving its objectives through carrying out general administration duties. Nicola's role is predominantly concerned with The Championship Department and includes the administration and entries of our Championships along with assisting the Championship Manager in any areas that contribute towards the running of our events.

Golf Development Wales Staff

Hannah Fitzpatrick, Director of Golf Development   Hannah Fitzpatrick
Director of Golf Development
Dilwyn Griffiths, Development Officer (North)   Dilwyn Griffiths
Development Officer
(North)
Zoe Thacker, Development Officer (South)   Zoe Thacker
Development Officer
(South)
Sian Simmons - Administration Officer (part-time)   Sian Simmons
Administration Officer (part-time)
Stuart Finlay - Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Facilities Officer   Stuart Finlay
Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Facilities Officer
Kim Boulden   Kim Boulden, Community Golf Development Co-ordinator (North)(part-time)
  Theo Baker, Community Golf Development Co-ordinator (South)

Hannah Fitzpatrick, Director of Golf Development

hannah.fitzpatrick@golfunionwales.org

Hannah was recruited in 2002 as part of the original development team that formed Golf Development Wales as a result of the successful Ryder Cup bid. Prior to joining the team she studied a BA Hons Degree in Sport and Human Movement Studies, and then took the role of Golf Events Co-ordinator at the Celtic Manor Resort. Hannah was the South Wales Golf Development Officer from 2002 – 2009, and was then promoted to Director of Development, leading and managing the dynamic Golf Development Wales team. Hannah is responsible for writing, developing and monitoring the implementation of the Golf Development Wales strategy (currently ‘Securing the Future’), which saw the introduction of the internationally recognised club Business Support Scheme. Her role also includes developing and maintaining constructive relationships with key partners, and securing and maintaining existing and future funding.

Dilwyn Griffiths, Development Officer (North)

dilwyn.griffiths@golfunionwales.org

Dilwyn has worked with Golf Development Wales since 2004 and prior to joining the team worked in various capacities in the Sports Development industry since 1996, most notably contributing to the Welsh bid to bring the Ryder Cup to Wales in his capacity of Sports Development Officer for Gwynedd Council in 1999. Dilwyn's main area of responsibility is ensuring the security of club's of clubs in Wales as businesses using the GDW business scheme as well as ensuring the growth of the game through the provision of funding for coaching, volunteer recruitment/training and partnerships between clubs and the Local Authorities. Dilwyn is responsible for the North Wales area.

Zoe Thacker, Development Officer (South)

zoe.thacker@golfunionwales.org

Zoe has worked with Golf Development Wales since 2009 with regional responsibilities for South East and South Central Wales. Zoe has achieved a BSc hons and MA in Sports Development and Coaching. Prior to joining the team she worked in various capacities in the Sports Development industry since 2007, most notably coordinating development at the Ryder Cup legacy site in her capacity of Golf Development Coordinator for Cardiff Council. Zoe’s main area of responsibility is ensuring the security of club's in Wales using the GDW business scheme as well as ensuring the growth of the game through the provision of funding for accessible and inclusive coaching, volunteer recruitment/training and partnerships between clubs, Local Authorities and key partners.

Sian Simmons, Admininstration Officer (part-time)

sian.simmons@golfunionwales.org

Sian has been with the GUW since June 1992 and for the last 6 years has been the Administrator for Golf Development Wales. Sian is also the Safeguarding Co-ordinator responsible for helping ensure that children and young people involved in golf have a safe and positive experience.

Stuart Finlay, Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Facilities Officer

stuart.finlay@golfunionwales.org

Stuart has been with Golf Development Wales since April 2012 and is the Mid and West Wales Development Officer. Stuart’s main responsibility is to ensure the security of clubs in Wales as businesses using the GDW business scheme as well as ensuring the growth of the game through the provision of funding for coaching, volunteer recruitment/training and partnerships between clubs and the Local Authorities. After completing a BA in Sports Development Stuart went on to work for both Rhondda Cynon Taff as a Sports Development Officer and Cardiff County Council as the Golf Development Officer Local Authorities before joining GDW.

Kim Boulden

Kim was recruited in 2014 in the brand new role of Community Golf Development Co-ordinator for North Wales. This role is to ensure that golf is more inclusive and visible in the community, to increase awareness of the opportunities in golf and to ensure there are strong links to schools, key delivery partners, community groups and local authorities. Kim joins us as a qualified PGA professional and her previous role was an instructor at Abu Dhabi Golf Club and co-ordinator of the clubs junior program.

Theo Baker

Theo Baker joined the GDW in November 2016 in the as Community Golf Development Co-ordinator for South, West and Mid Wales. This role is to ensure that golf is more inclusive and visible in the community, to increase awareness of opportunities in golf and to ensure there are strong links to schools, key delivery partners, community groups and local authorities.

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