Sue Whittaker, past EWGA chairman, passes away

Sue Whittaker

Sue Whittaker, who was the first management board chairman of the English Women’s Golf Association and who played a key role in the merger which formed England Golf, has passed away.

Sue, who lived in Northumberland and was a member at Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, had been suffering from cancer for almost a year.

She was a lifelong golfer and, when she joined the EWGA in 2008, she spoke of her enthusiasm about the opportunity to develop women’s golf in England.

"Being involved with the development of women’s golf – getting more women to play and developing their potential to the fullest possible extent – is a very exciting prospect," she said.

During her three-year term of office Sue was closely involved in the merger process which brought together the EWGA and the English Golf Union to form England Golf, the governing body which today represents all amateur golf in the country.

She brought a wealth of experience to her role, having been a journalist and holding a host of public appointments, both local and national.

Among them, she was chair of two NHS trusts, a non-executive director of the Public Guardian Board, a disciplinary panel chairman for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and had been a magistrate, chairing sittings of the Berwick-upon-Tweed bench.

Her work in public office and on boards included lobbying Government ministers, taking part in trade delegations and developing an expertise in human resources, governance and financial matters.

Sue’s husband, Derek Webster, was Lord Mayor of Newcastle Upon Tyne and, as Lady Mayoress, she took part in visits and trade delegations to countries including China, Kenya and the USA.

Sue is survived by her husband and their son, Lex. The funeral will take place at the West Road Crematorium, Newcastle Upon Tyne, on Thursday, March 20 at 1.30pm