TRUSTEES

The England Golf Trust (EGT) has no paid staff and is run by six volunteer trustees:

DI HORSLEY

EGT Chairman

Di is a qualified teacher, mentor, and accredited executive and performance coach, who has worked with a variety of organisations across the private, public and charitable sectors.

She established her own company in April 2006 and since then has used her experience and knowledge gained from working in sport for over 25 years to assist individuals, teams, and companies to reach their full potential. Di is passionate about helping young people to be their best in whatever they do.

She has been a Trustee for the Golf Foundation since 2006, and first got involved with the EGT in 2013. As chairman she has overseen the change to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

STACEY MITCHELL

Regional Development Manager

Stacey was a junior golfer herself, first starting on the local common in Lincoln ‘whacking’ a bag of balls on weekends. She progressed to the local driving range, and pitch and putt course. Stacey eventually joined a local golf club and gained her first handicap at the age of 13.

She came from a working-class family who supported her where they could but did not have lots of disposable income to spend on golf. As a result, she has a real understanding of the difficulties for juniors with regards to getting involved and developing within the game.

Stacey was herself a recipient of a Bursary from the England Golf Trust (previously known as the EWGA Trust), which provided her with great levels of support during her MSc studies. Without this, she would not be where she is today. She is forever grateful to the Trust in helping her achieve her qualifications and her dream of working within Junior Golf Development.

DAVID OWEN

Junior Organiser at Saltford GC in Somerset

David had a 27-year career in the military serving all over the world, before settling with his family just outside of Bristol. He joined the local golf club in the late ’90s, and soon took up the challenge of running the highly active and strong junior section. For the next 20 years the junior section continued to flourish and as well as producing a number of juniors who represented England, the crowning glory was when they won the English Junior Champion Club Competition twice in the space of three years (a feat that has not been matched by any other English Golf Club).

More recently he has set-up the Somerset First4Golf Mini Tour which is a series of 6 competitions for under 12-year olds without CONGU handicaps. Each competition typically attracts 30 to 40 children all between 6 and 11 years of age.

David is passionate about making the game of golf both an accessible and affordable sport for all youngsters regardless of background and brings a wealth of ‘coal face’ knowledge to the Trust around the day to day issues of young people of all ages playing golf at club and county level. He has been a Trustee of EGT for five years.

IAN WATKINS

England Golf (EG) Board of Directors, EG Governance Committee, and Chair of the EG Championship Working Group

Ian spent 10 years as a Police Officer before moving into the Insurance Industry where he worked for 25 years in various sales, marketing, and Director level roles. He also served as a Corporate Trustee of multimillion-pound final salary pension schemes. He took on the role of Gloucestershire’s County Golf Secretary in 2000 and is also Co-Chair of the Gloucestershire Golf Partnership.

Ian is the 2020/21 President of The South Western Counties Golf Association, and has been a qualified international Golf Referee since 2000.

MARGARET BERRIMAN

Margaret has spent most of her working life in educational publishing, latterly at Heinemann where she was publishing director. She specialised in vocational education allowing her to engage with schools, further education colleges and young people across the country.

Margaret is a keen but erratic golfer and has been actively involved at County and national level since 2000. Currently she is proud to be president of Berkshire County Ladies Golf Association.

Her involvement with the Trust began in 2006 when it was still the ELGA Trust. She has seen it evolve into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation – now giving grants to both boys and girls as well as young men and women. Margaret wants young people to get as much enjoyment from golf as she has, to see it as a recreation for life and for them to become the sort of committed and enthusiastic golfer which she believes she has been and remains.

CRAIG WAGSTAFF

Chartered Accountant

Craig worked for The English Golf Union from 1999 until retirement in 2017, firstly as their accountant and then as Finance Director following incorporation in 2005. Within the role he worked with many golfing bodies and was responsible for the administration of the Trust after the merger of the EGU and EWGA in 2012.

He has played golf since the age of 12, and although reaching a handicap of 2 in his 20s, now only plays for exercise and social interaction. He has served on various golf committees in UK and Kenya, where he lived and worked for 6 years in the 1980s.He is still a director of Woodhall Spa Golf Management Ltd and independent member of the Audit Committee for British Canoeing.

DEBBIE WARREN

Having previously practised as a solicitor for many years in both the private and public sector, Debbie now works in higher education.
She began playing golf at a young age, representing England Schools and becoming British University Champion and County Champion.  During her student years, golf began to take a back seat, but support from then newly-created ELGA Trust encouraged Debbie to continue with the game at a time when other priorities might easily have taken over.  Debbie continued to play, whilst juggling the competing demands of family and work and is now thoroughly enjoying playing seniors golf.
Debbie hopes to use her personal, professional and golfing experience to support young golfers, so they too can develop a life-long passion for the game.

CHRISSIE OWENS

Now retired, Chrissie is a highly experienced commercial marketing consultant with clients across multiple sectors including consumer goods, sport and the hospitality industry. This included 20 years of experience working with two the of largest global drinks companies, Coca-Cola and Diageo.

As a keen golfer she has been able to mix business with pleasure, working on contracts with the English Women’s Golf Association, Ladies Golf Union and then England Golf creating and managing the highly successful national marketing campaign, Get into golf.

Chrissie initially trained as a musician (French horn) at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and then at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies. Now based in Norfolk, she continues to enjoy performing with many orchestra’s and ensembles across East Anglia.

Utilising her skills and experience Chrissie holds board and committee positions on local and national organisations, Norfolk Ladies’ County Golf Association, Orchestra of Academy of St Thomas and England Lacrosse.

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