Stephen Lewis will succeed Charles Harrison as Chairman of the Golf Foundation at the charity’s Annual General Meeting in April 2016. Lewis was previously the CEO of Crown Golf, and has spent a career in the health, fitness, and golf management worlds, during which time he has held a number of key senior posts. He is a graduate of Nottingham University where he obtained a degree in psychology.
Harrison will have completed seven years in the role when he steps down next year. He said, “The Trustees are delighted to welcome Stephen to the Board, and are sure that his business and golf management experience, allied with his clear love of the game, will be most helpful in the further development of the Foundation as the leading golfing charity in the UK associated with grassroots development.”
The Golf Foundation was founded by Sir Henry Cotton and colleagues in 1952. Through its ‘HSBC Golf Roots’ programme the charity offers children and young people golfing opportunities which can be pursued at a golf club under expert supervision. Often beginning with school, inner city and other community golf projects, young people can ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in golf through this community-to-club pathway.
While a key focus is the ‘Skills for Life’ benefits that golf offers children from all backgrounds, HSBC Golf Roots is helping the Foundation’s national partners to grow the game. Last year the initiative led to 3,600 new club junior members being introduced by the Golf Foundation, a 45 percent increase from the year before.
Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said: “The senior management team and I believe Stephen Lewis can continue the strong chairmanship it has enjoyed under Charles’ leadership, and look forward very much to welcoming him to the Board.”