The judging panel has been finalised for our 2023 Awards Night which is again being held at the Athena in Leicester on Saturday 25th February.
In total, 14 awards will be presented on the evening of which eight have been opened for general nominations.
Ten of the Awards will then be discussed by the expert panel, eight of which be decided by the panel. The Unsung Hero and Fit for the Future Awards will be short-listed by these experts prior to an online vote on the Bowls England Awards website, which will ultimately determine the winners. This public vote will open in January 2023.
Our expert panellists between them bring many years of bowls and sports industry expertise gained through involvement in every aspect of our sport. For some categories, they will be joined by specialists in that field.
David Tucker – Bowls England Chair
Bowls England Chair David will also Chair the Expert Panel. He has more than 50 years of playing experience, has won over 100 Devon caps in the Middleton Cup and been club secretary of Topsham bowls club since the early 1970s. He has been part of the Bowls England board since 2008, becoming Chair in 2020.
Foster Johnson – Bowls England Director of Governance
Foster has chaired the Bowls England Governance Working Party since joining the board in 2020. Foster was previously Chair of the Management Audit and Review Committee and is Durham’s Secretary and County Administrator.
Terri Keen – Bowls England President
Following many years of involvement with club and county bowls, Terri has been President of Bowls England since 2019. She remains an active member of Gerrards Cross BC in Buckinghamshire and is particularly involved in youth development in the County. Her role in the Presidential team means she has visited many clubs around the country in recent years.
John Bell – Life Member
John is a former England international bowler, Team Manager and Performance Director who subsequently spent seven years as President of World Bowls. A multiple National Finals winner, the Cumbrian won four World Championship gold medals and appeared at the 1994 and 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Hazel McCluskey – Sport England
Sport England’s Strategic Lead for Business Transformations, Hazel has worked alongside the Bowls Development Alliance for a number of years so is very familiar with our sport. Working across sport, she understands good practise in club management and growing participation. A former England age-group netball player, Hazel has worked for Sport England since 2010.
Sian Honnor – England Player
A prominent member of the successful Birmingham 2022 England team, Sian has competed at four Commonwealth Games winning gold at Glasgow 2014 and Birmingham 2022, bronze in Delhi and on the Gold Coast. The Kent-based member of The Appleyard BC, who is a regular National Finalist, is also a former Editor of Bowls International.
Mo Monkton – England Women’s Team Manager
Current England’s Women’s Team Manager and former international selector Mo is also a former international bowler who won the European Championship in 2007. Mo coached the Somerset U31 squad for over a decade in addition to being Disability Bowls England’s Performance Director, Team Manager since 2015 and Para Bowls Team Manager at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Jon Cockcroft – Bowls England Chief Executive
Since taking on the role in June 2020, Jon has instigated the development and implementation of Bowls England’s Fit for the Future strategy. He has also instigated new initiatives to benefit the sport such as Bowls’ Big Weekend, Bowls Bash and these Annual Awards. Jon is Bowls England’s representative on the BDA, Coach Bowls and EBACT board.