England Golf (EG) is the recognised National Governing Body for men’s and women’s amateur golf in England. In that capacity, it receives funds not only from playing members of golf clubs by way of affiliation fees but also from Sport England and commercial sponsors to assist it to advance its Purpose.

England Golf is a company limited by guarantee with its Voting Members being the county bodies. Clubs and individual golfers are non-voting members.

The England Golf Board is responsible for the direction and oversight of England Golf on behalf of all Members (as defined in the Articles of Association and Rules) and is accountable for all aspects of EG’s activities including the allocation of resources. The Board manages its responsibilities in accordance with a Governance Framework and has, in addition, agreed to comply with the Code for Sports Governance. It delegates the day to day running of the company to an Executive led by the Chief Executive Officer.

In December 2016, the England Golf Board agreed to adopt the Purpose “growing the game of golf in England”. In January 2016, the England Golf Board adopted five organisational Values:

1. Be Honest – acting with integrity, trust, fairness, reliability and transparency
2. Be Supportive – working together to make golf better for everyone, inspiring people to achieve their goals
3. Be Excellent – continuously improving, exceeding expectations and setting high standards
4. Be Responsible – being personally accountable and passionate about driving a strong future for golf
5. Be Inclusive – welcoming and enabling everyone to be involved with golf in England.

Diversity Action Plan

Chairman's Statement

The Board and I place great emphasis on ensuring that its membership reflects diversity in its broadest sense. A combination of demographics, skills, experience and personal attributes on the Board is important in providing a range of perspectives, insights and challenge needed to support good decision making.

We believe that individual leaders, who make up our Board, are a reflection of our values and beliefs about who should be empowered and entrusted with the strategic decisions. We believe that we can achieve more by drawing on the skills, talents, and perspectives of a broader and more diverse range of leaders, and that the diversity of viewpoints that comes from different life experiences and cultural backgrounds strengthens board deliberations and decision-making. We are committed to having a diverse Board including but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability members.

The most effective boards work to build a culture of trust, candour, and respect – none of which is possible without a culture of inclusion. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive culture, providing encouragement for each member to bring their perspectives, identity, and life experiences to the Board. We celebrate our differences, allowing all board members to be equally engaged and invested, sharing power and responsibility for our mission, the board’s and the organisations work.

The Board has adopted a target of a minimum of 30% of each gender on our Board and that of gender parity.

Our Diversity Action plan was approved by our Governance Committee on 29th November 2017 and by our Board on 30th November 2017 and will be reviewed regularly at their next meetings to further develop the Diversity Action Plan.


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