Board Announcements

14th December, 2021

We have attached below full details of announcements made at the Counties Conference in relation to the Board, Presidential Team and the Disciplinary Working Party.

Board elections: Members-Elected

We recently advertised three member-elected director positions ahead of the 2022 Annual General Meeting.  Stephen Hemsley (Lancashire) was re-elected unopposed for a three-year team as Director of Finance.  Following a ballot of members, Margaret Docherty (Cumbria) and Foster Johnson (Durham) were re-elected as Director of Competitive Events and Director of Governance.

  • Stephen Hemsley joined the Bowls England Board in 2017, as Director of Finance he has lead the Board level on Finance, Sponsorship, Commercial Contracts and Property.  He has been active in Bowls Administration at Club, County, Regional and National level over the last 30 years.
  • Margaret Docherty, Director of Competitive Events, started playing our sport in 1978, before becoming County Secretary of Cumbria Women’s Bowling Association in 1994 a position she still holds today. She returned to the Board, where she has held a Director position since the formation of Bowls England in 2007.
  • Foster Johnson first joined the Board in 2020, since then as Director of Governance; he has chaired the Governance Working Party.  Before his position on the Board, Foster was the chair of the Management Audit and Review Committee.  Foster is the Secretary and County Administrator for Bowls Durham.

Bowls England would like to thank Julie Leake (Dorset) and Patrick Canavan (Hampshire) for their interest in the Director position.

Board appointment: Independent Directors

Following the recent Independent Director interviews, we are delighted to announce the three-year appointment of Dr Jonathan Doust (Sussex) and the three-year re-appointment of Dr Anna Molony (Warwickshire).

  • Jo Doust, who has recently retired as a Head of Department at the School of Sport & Service Management at the University of Brighton, has been a member of Gildredge Park Bowls Club for three years.  With 13 years of Board, experience at national level including spending seven years as a non-executive board member at the English Institute of Sport through the London and Rio Olympic cycles, he is looking forward to helping deliver on the new ‘fit for the future’ strategy and seeing bowls enter a new era of success.
  • Anna Molony joined the Bowls England Board in 2018, in this time she has provided the organisation with an independent oversight of the work of the Board and Staff, facilitated the Management Audit & Review Committee and represented the Board for The Friends of English Bowling. A UK Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney with over 20 years’ experience, she is excited to see the Bowls England ‘Fit for the Future’ strategy implemented to develop the sport and grow participation

Both Jo and Anna have been integral parts of the Bowls England Governance Working Party over the past year.  Their three-year term will begin at the Bowls England AGM on the 19th February 2022.

Junior Vice President 2022

During September, we advertised for the Junior Vice President (JVP) position. This role is a key ambassadorial position for Bowls England. The honour comes with the responsibility to represent our organisation and the sport in a manner which reflects our ambitions and values. The priority each year normally goes to the opposite gender to the current JVP, in order to keep a gender balance on the Presidential team.

There were no female nominations however we have made the decision to open the nomination process to any male candidates. Nominations must either be supported by a county association or recommended by the Board.

Job description and nomination form can be found here 

Management and Audit Review Committee

As detailed at the County Conference, MAR will resume as we develop an implementation plan for the Governance Working Party’s recommendations.

  • MAR is tasked to review Bowls England’s Risk Register and will also consult with Counties about governance across the sport and their role in the Fit for the Future strategy.  A full scope for this work will be developed by Bowls England in conjunction with MAR Chair, Steve Walker.
  • MAR is made up of four area representatives and facilitated by Anna Molony on behalf of the Board. Steve Walker (North), Tony Ellis (East) and Kath Lloyd (West) currently sit on the Committee.  There is currently a vacant position for a representative from the South.  We are encouraging applications from any interested parties.  Anyone interested should contact Steve Walker in the first instance ( who will be able to provide more information on the position.



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