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Learn about the people on our board

England Golf’s board is responsible for the governance and overall management of the organisation.

The board membership reflects a diverse combination of demographics, skills, experience and personal attributes which support good decision-making.

The Nominations Committee is responsible for overseeing the appointment of directors.

Three of the board are appointed independent directors and eight are elected directors. In addition the chief executive sits on the board. The company secretary and finance director also attend board meetings as does the England Golf president.

The board meets 4-5 times a year. It also has sub-committees to scrutinise detailed aspects of England Golf’s work. These include an Audit & Finance Committee and a Governance Committee.

Jeremy Tomlinson, Chief Executive Officer

Joining our team as Chief Executive Officer in January 2020, Jeremy brings with him a wealth of experience from both playing the game he loves and a career dedicated to working in golf.

Having both represented and captained club, Wiltshire county & England regional teams, Jeremy has grown up benefitting from the life skills, friendships and opportunities our treasured game of golf provides.

His most recent industry roles include heading up the Titleist & FJ brands for Acushnet Europe Ltd, sitting on the British Golf Industry (BGIA) executive as well as continuing as a trustee for the Golf Foundation. Jeremy’s career in the golf industry has spanned four decades and the depth of his knowledge will be an invaluable asset for him going forward in his current role.

Jeremy is a proud member of Marlborough Golf Club where he plays off a scratch handicap.

Nic Coward, Chairman, 2018

Nic Coward, Chairman

Nic Coward is the first independent chairman of England Golf and brings a huge amount of experience gained in a 20-year career at the top levels of British sport.

Nic has been the general secretary of the Premier League, the chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, joint chief executive of the Football Association and a director of Wembley Stadium. He has been a non-executive director of the FA, was treasurer of the CCPR (now the Sport and Recreation Alliance) and first chair of the global Sports Rights Owners Coalition.

He consults to a number of sports and entertainment businesses across the world.


Wasim Haq, Senior Independent Director

Wasim joined the England Golf board in December 2021 as a Senior Independent Director.

Having enjoyed a successful career spanning four decades, Wasim brings with him a high level of expertise in business management and strategy as well as commercial experience and knowledge of the sports industry and media.

For the seven years prior to joining the board, Wasim acted as managing partner of his own sport-focused executive search business, First Team Partners, and currently holds a number of advisory roles within the sports sector as a member of The FA Council and Inclusion Advisory Board, the LTA Council and as a board member at Essex County Cricket Club.

The married father of two is also a keen golfer – endeavouring to return to a single-figure handicap as a member at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club.

Michael Pask, Independent Non-Executive Director

Michael is an experienced leader in sports, media and entertainment. Before joining England Golf, he was the Senior Vice President at WME IMG. He worked in golf events and built up the academy internationally alongside its golf course design, resort management and advisory businesses.

Michael created an Olympic representation business that managed Sir Steve Redgrave, Michael Johnson and Dame Katherine Grainger.

Michael has a first-class honours degree from St. Andrews University. He participated in an 11-month cycling expedition in the Andes for Leukaemia Research. You’ll find Michael at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, playing off +1.

Carol Alford, Non-Executive Director

Carol brings a variety of skills to the board of England Golf. She lives in Staffordshire with her golfing family, where she’s an entrepreneur and mental toughness coach.

Carol has worked as a chartered civil engineer and IT program manager. She uses her extensive knowledge to help inform England Golf’s digital strategy project. Carol is also a director of Woodhall Spa Golf Management.

Carol has experience at all levels of golf, from grass roots to elite performance. She has been a voting member for Staffordshire and chair of the county development group.

Alistair Booth, Non-Executive Director

Alistair is a semi-retired businessman, who chairs the England Golf Club Managers’ Advisory Group and sits on the Audit and Finance Committee.

He took Business Studies at the University of Hull, then owned a consumer electronics business for 15 years. In 2009 he joined the board of Frilford Heath Golf Club, where he’s been a member since 1994. He became Executive Director in 2010 and Chairman in 2016.

Alistair is a Past President (2018-19) of BB&O and is now Chairman of BB&O Ltd, independent chair of the Greenkeepers Training Committee Ltd (GTC)and an associate member of the Parliamentary Golf Group. He is also a trustee and board member of two charities, BRF and Verite Sport.

Phillipa Cook, Non-Executive Director

Phillipa joined the board in 2019, having been closely involved in county golf in Buckinghamshire for 16 years. She has undertaken a wide range of roles, including those of county captain, website administrator, lead course rater and Voting Member.

She took up golf as a 12-year-old, although the sport initially took second place to dinghy racing, which involved her at national level.

Phillipa’s professional life was mainly spent in accountancy while her volunteer activities, apart from golf, include sitting as a JP and serving as secretary of her parochial church council. She is a member of Woburn Golf Club, where she has been ladies’ captain.

Jill Dean, Non-Executive Director

Jill became a board member in 2016 and chairs the Governance Committee. After taking a degree at Hull University, Jill went on to study law. She became a partner of a provincial practice before setting up her own partnership in 1991. Jill grew the company into a successful LLP and sold it in 2010.

Sport has always been a large part of Jill’s life. She has been women’s captain and director of Temple Golf Club and a voting member for Berkshire. Jill is also a governor of a local school, a churchwarden, and lay chair of the executive of a group of local churches.


Moira Page, Non-Executive Director

Moira Page is a qualified chartered management accountant with a specialist knowledge of financial management and expertise in corporate governance and strategies.

A scratch golfer, she also spent two years as an assistant professional at Glen Gorse Golf Club before moving into her current profession.

Moira remains a member at Glen Gorse and has played for Leicestershire and Rutland county as well as serving two terms as ladies’ county captain and one spell as county president.

Moira was proud to hold the titles of County Champion and Junior County Champion in the same year and has won her county’s championship on no fewer than four occasions.

Kevin Tucker, Non-Executive Director

Kevin joined the board in 2019, continuing an England connection that began 45 years ago when, as a scratch player, he was selected for a regional training squad.

More recent involvement has seen him chair the England men’s selectors and take on the role of England men’s squad manager and team captain, notably at the 2017 World Amateur Team Championship when England were silver medallists.

Kevin is an honorary member at Saltburn-by-the Sea, which he joined 50 years ago, and he is the 2019 Yorkshire President.

Kevin and his wife, Liz, ran their own successful property company for 35 years.

Phil Harvey, Non-Executive Director

Phil has an entrepreneurial background having launched and operated several businesses in the marketing and telecoms sectors.

A member at both Royal Birkdale and Fairhaven, he joined the board of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs in 2011.

In 2015, Phil was elected county secretary and devised and led a two-year initiative to promote participation and club membership among women and girls.

Since retiring as county secretary in December 2020, he has remained active as executive director, a proud volunteer and presently serves on England Golf’s independent golfer working group.

Sue Milner, Non-Executive Director

Sue Milner has retired from a career in office management where she worked for Rowntree/Nestle in York and latterly with a private high-tech firm specialising in international trade.

A keen golfer, Sue joined York Golf Club in 1985 and has been a long-standing club committee member and a representative voice of the Yorkshire Ladies’ County Golf Association in various roles since 2002.

Sue also currently serves on the England Golf Championship Committee and County Golf Advisory Board and is a strong advocate for women’s, girls’ and junior golf.

Her interest in golf has also taken her ‘inside the ropes’ at The Open where she has worked as a scorer on behalf of The R&A on four separate occasions.