David Mitchell-Gears MBE has announced that he will retire from his post as Chair of Bowls England in November 2019.
A bowls player since 1965, he helped to form Bowls England when the English Bowling Association (EBA) and English Women’s Bowling Association (EWBA) amalgamated and has been its Chairman since its inception in 2008.
In addition to his extensive contribution at national level, Mr Mitchell-Gears also continues to play an active role at his club, Clacton BC, and support his County Association, Essex.
He was awarded with the MBE for services to the sport of lawn bowls in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014.
Mr Mitchell-Gears said: “Since the formation of Bowls England, we have made great progress in modernising the sport on and off the green for this and future generations. The time is however right to stand down and pass the baton on to my successor. I am confident that they will inherit a robust organisation that is ready to take on whatever challenges may lie ahead.”
Tony Allcock OBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, added: “I have worked closely with David since I was appointed Chief Executive of the English Bowling Association in 2003. There are very few who have given more to a single sport than David for such an extended period of time. I am sure he will be missed greatly but we wish him well in his retirement.”
The position of Chair of Bowls England will be advertised shortly and elected in accordance with the Articles of Association, for a three-year term starting at the AGM in February 2020.