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Ian Pattinson to become new Independent Chair

England Golf is delighted to announce that former lawyer Ian Pattinson will become the organisation’s new Independent Chair subject to his appointment being ratified at the annual general meeting on Thursday 20 April.

Ian will take over from Nic Coward who departs after six successful years in the role, a period during which he showed tremendous support, leadership and direction, notably throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ian has been selected after a meticulous appointment process headed by England Board member Wasim Haq, who also Chairs the Nominations Committee. A number of high-calibre candidates were interviewed but Ian’s considerable golf experience, knowledge and support for England Golf’s strategic values and direction won through.

Formerly Chairman of The R&A between 2018 and 2022, Ian also previously chaired the Rules of Golf Committee and the Equipment Standards Committee and also became Co-Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the International Golf Federation.

In addition to his committee and board duties, Ian has acted as a Rules Official at all four men’s major championships on multiple occasions and the Curtis Cup, Walker Cup and Solheim Cup. He also acted as Rules Advisor to BBC TV for The Open from 2004 to 2015 and in the same capacity to Sky Sports from 2016 to 2018.

In April, Ian will become President of his home Club, Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club, of which he was Captain in its Centenary year and is an Honorary Member.


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