Executive Team

Nick Pink, Chief Executive Officer

Nick was appointed CEO of England Golf in March 2016 following four years as European Manager for the International Cricket Council (ICC). In his first 18 months in the role, Nick launched a new strategy to grow the game in England following a period of consultation, restructured the delivery team to focus on supporting golf clubs and worked alongside the PGA and Golf Foundation to enable England Golf to become the lead body responsible for public funding through Sport England.

He also recruited the organisation's first independent chair and two new independent directors and committed to working with national partners, county organisations, golf facilities and other home unions to advance golf in England. Previously Nick worked for organisations including UK Sport, Youth Sport Trust and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Passionate about all sports, he is a keen golfer, and holds a single figure handicap, and he also plays cricket and hockey. He is looking forward to introducing his young son and daughter to the world of sport.

 

Tanya Allen, Marketing & Communications Director

Tanya joined England Golf in January 2017, bringing over 20 years' experience in building profitable, lasting relationships with commercial and public sector organisations and leading multi-disciplinary teams of marketers, writers, designers, event managers and PR and digital specialists.

In her previous role as Deputy Director of External Relations at The University of Nottingham, Tanya led corporate marketing and student recruitment marketing activities. Before this, she worked for Pera Consulting where she was responsible for the marketing and communications elements of publicly-funded projects for UK and international governments and agencies, including the EC. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an EC-approved Key Expert in PR and communications.

Away from the office Tanya can be found either finding her feet on the golf course, seeking out the fastest runs on the ski slopes or on the touchline watching her son play rugby.

 

James Crampton, Director of Championships

James took over as Director of Championships at England Golf in 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union, where he was Deputy Championship Manager, and the English Women's Golf Association.

Having moved into golf administration after a period as a professional golfer, James was initially Assistant Championship Secretary at the English Golf Union. He went on to a club services role as Standard Scratch Score (SSS) and Handicapping Secretary, where he sat on the Board of the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) and the R&A Amateur Status Committee. He has refereed at the Open Championship and many other professional and amateur events and represented England as a player all over the world, winning numerous amateur competitions.

James is a member of Spalding Golf Club and maintains a handicap of +2. When he's not out on the golf course he's most likely to be running, reading or travelling.

 

Nigel Edwards, Performance Director

Nigel was appointed Performance Director of England Golf in January 2012 following five years in a similar role for the Golf Union of Wales. A world-class amateur golfer, Nigel made the move from civil engineer to golf administrator in 1999, when he took up the role of Golf Coordinator with the Welsh Golfing Union.

Nigel's extensive knowledge and experience of administering and playing golf at the highest level means he has great empathy with players, coaches and managers. Capped 155 times by Wales, he represented Great Britain & Ireland four times in the Walker Cup and reached a career-high World Amateur Golf Ranking of #2 in 2006. He was appointed Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Captain in 2010 and led the team to victory in 2011 and 2015.

A keen sportsman, Nigel enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding and mountain biking as well as watching rugby union and spending time with his family.

 

Rod Findlay, Director of Business & Legal Services

Rod moved to England Golf in 2014 having gained experience at Sport England, four national sport governing bodies, two professional sports clubs and in private legal practice. For over eight years he worked in senior positions in rugby league, including Head of Legal at the Rugby Football League.

Before moving into sport in 2005, Rod was a partner in a specialist law firm in Newcastle. As a member of the Board of the Ladies Golf Union in 2016 he negotiated its merger with the R&A. He was also a Non-Executive Director at Badminton England and continued to advise them on the National Badminton League until its launch in 2014.

Rod is currently a Senior Lecturer in sports law at Northumbria University and an External Examiner for sports law and practice programmes at Leicester's De Montfort University. Rod plays golf at Rudding Park Golf Club and is also a keen runner and mountain biker.


 

Richard Flint, Participation & Club Support Director

Richard became Participation & Club Support Director in 2013 with a remit to manage the strategic direction of the department through a network of national and regional managers and 35 club support officers. During his previous eight years at England Golf he had been Membership Secretary and then Development Manager.

He is a Non-Executive Director of the Greenkeepers Training Committee and the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU), which develops and maintains a golf handicapping system that provides CONGU® handicaps for all players of the clubs affiliated to the National Unions. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Rounders England. A successful amateur golfer for 32 years, Richard represented Worcestershire first team and has a current handicap of 2.

His other abiding passions are competitive running – he has three marathons under his belt – and West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

 

Simon Wilson, Finance Director

Simon joined England Golf in March 2017, where he is putting financial reporting to use to help the organisation achieve its wider strategic aims. A qualified chartered management accountant, Simon’s 25-year career spans roles in retail, leisure, gaming and the Civil Service, where he was Head of Management Accounts at the Office of the Public Guardian.

He gained extensive technical accounting experience in private practice where he held managerial roles including tax manager and head of audit and accounts production and in a commercial setting as financial controller.

Simon plays golf at Edwalton Golf Club and enjoys history, after avoiding studying it at school, although he has failed to persuade his wife and daughter of the joys of visiting castles and battlefields.

 
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