David Mitchell-Gears MBE

Chair

David Mitchell-Gears MBE

David Tucker

David as Director of Governance takes the lead at Board level on all aspects of Governance relating to the Articles of Association, Rules and Regulations, Protocols, Safeguarding, Celebration Matches, Greens Maintenance and oversee of the organisation of Company Meetings and Dinners.

My Career
I started as a trainee administrator with Devon County Council, Education Department in August 1965 and spent my entire career working in education finishing as Education Officer/Team Leader for the local Management of Schools Unit.
Bowls has been a big part of my life both playing and administratively and I have enjoyed all aspects. I am currently General Secretary of my own Club and Treasurer and Middleton Cup Manager for Bowls Devon. I like to think I am putting something back into our great game.

Hobbies
In my spare time I enjoy playing bridge, gardening, cooking and being involved with the local community.

David Tucker

Margaret Docherty

Director of Competitive Events

Margaret Docherty

Adam Tanner

Director of Development

What are your hobbies and interests?
Bowls has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I previously played regularly at clubs within Wiltshire. I now focus on my Bowls England commitments, as well as managing the Wiltshire Men’s Under 25 teams.

I am also a big fan of Swindon Town Football Club, and have followed them up and down the country very many times!

Fun Fact
When I was a student, I spent a year living in Germany, and studying German Law. Though I’m certainly no expert on the subject any more!

Claim to fame
I once played a round of golf with Glenn Hoddle. I can’t remember who won…

Adam Tanner

Stephen Hemsley

Director of Finance

Stephen, as Director of Finance takes the lead at Board level on Finance, Sponsorship, Commercial Contracts and Property.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I have been playing Bowls since 1974 and since 1978 have been involved in Bowls Administration at Club, County, Regional and/or National level so this is clearly a significant part of my life.

I enjoy attempting to play golf and watching sport, particularly Rugby Union and international Cricket.

Fun Fact
Many years ago, when employed as a Catering Manager, I asked the principle guest at a function, actor Edward Woodward, well known at the time as Callan in the TV series of the same name, “Would you like red wine, or white Mr Callan”.

Claim to fame
I once appeared in the national press dressed as a Tudor Gentleman.

Stephen Hemsley

Dr Anna Molony

Independent Director

Anna’s role as Independent Director includes providing independent oversight of the work of the Board and Staff, and facilitating the Management Audit & Review Committee.

Tell us about your career
I am a patent attorney and work with technology companies to protect their inventions, mainly on telecoms networks and computer software. I set up my first patent attorney business in 2003, sold my shareholding in that business in 2013 and then set up my second patent attorney business, which I’m still running. I’m also a trustee of a charity, Values Academy, that runs a school for young people who are at risk of social exclusion.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I love playing bowls – I’ve finally found my sporting niche! I also love watching bowls, rugby and golf. Away from sport, I tap dance, make ceramics and I’ve recently started to play the piano again.

Claim to fame
When I was a teenager I acted alongside Scottish actor Ewen Bremner, who played Spud in the films “Trainspotting” and “T2 Trainspotting”.

Fun Fact
My phone cover is Pantone #272D70 blue, Doctor.

Dr Anna Molony

Mal Evans

Director of Coaching

Hobbies and interests
Apart from the obvious with Bowls being a real passion I also have a number of other interests that keep me fully occupied. I am a season ticket holder at Worcester Warriors Rugby club and I am also a Level 3 Coach for Snowsport England which enables me to visit many ski resorts in Europe and North America during the winter months.

Fun fact
As a sixteen year old member of my local brass band I once played a solo with Prince Charles in attendance.

Claim to fame
I have skied the highest skiable mountain pass in the world – the 28km long Valle Blanche on the Mont Blanc massif from Courmayer in Italy to Chamonix in France

malcolm-evans
Mal Evans

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