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David Tucker



David Tucker was appointed Chair of Bowls England in February 2020 and was re-elected unopposed in October 2022. He has been a member of Topsham BC, Devon since 1965 and has made over 100 appearances for his county in the Middleton Cup. David’s professional career was in Local Authority administration finishing as Senior Education Officer for the Local Management of Schools unit for Devon County Council. He has brought his Public Administration expertise into bowls at club, county and national level. The prime example of this for David was being a member of the Match Organisation Committee for World Bowls 1992. Before becoming Chair, David was Bowls England’s Director of Policy and Management and subsequently Governance.

Stephen Hemsley

Director of Finance


Stephen Hemsley joined our Board as Director of Finance in 2017. A keen bowls player since 1974 Stephen started playing in Salisbury, Wiltshire, continuing when he later moved to Kent and again when he moved to Lancashire in 1989 joining Bolton Flat Green Bowling Club. Over 30 years, Stephen has been involved in Bowls Administration at Club, County, Regional and National level. Stephen has brought to the Board a wealth of commercial business experience, he spent his working life in the Healthcare sector. Stephen’s career in the NHS culminated with the position of General Manager with Bloomsbury Health Authority and, in the private sector, as Development Director (a Board role where he was responsible for business planning and strategy) with Affinity Healthcare.

Adam Tanner

Director of Development


Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2012, Adam Tanner has practised in-house, with a particular focus on contractual work. From 2016, Adam was also responsible for the legal work of a leading commercial vehicle provider. Adam’s bowls background is from the County of Wiltshire, where Adam has performed both a range of administrative and managerial roles. Adam joined the Bowls England Board in 2014, as our first Independent Non-Executive Director, and was elected as our first Director of Development in 2018. Adam’s recent areas of focus include the 2021 launch of the ‘‘Bowls’ Big Weekend’’, to enhance player recruitment and Adam currently chair’s the Disciplinary Working Party.

Foster Johnson

Director of Governance


Foster Johnson, came into our sport of bowls in 1980 following the termination of a sporting careers in basketball and cricket, which Foster played and represented at both town and junior county level. In 1992, Foster became Bowls Durham Secretary and has held this role alongside County Administrator ever since. Foster’s natural inclination is governance and policy issues, fuelled by his local government career. This steered Foster to be part of a number of past Bowls England Committees and latterly Foster was Chair of the Management Audit and Review Committee. Appointed as Director of Governance in 2020, Foster was re-elected to the position in 2022. In addition to the range of duties attached to the post he has, during this time, chaired the Governance Working Party review of Bowls England governance procedures and practices.

Mal Evans

Director of Coaching


Malcolm (Mal) Evans, Bowls England’s Director of Coaching, has become the first person to complete the Level 3 coaching qualification with Coach Bowls in 2021. Since then, Mal has made a positive impact on Warwickshire’s Johns Trophy squad over the past few years developing a bespoke, tailored programme to develop the players as well as focusing on team dynamics and interactions. Mal is also involved in assisting with our High Performance Programme for our top bowlers in England.

Margaret Docherty

Director of Competitive Events


Margaret Docherty joined our Board at the formation of Bowls England in 2008, formerly holding the position of Director of Competitions. Margaret has bowled since 1978, representing at both Club and County level. Margaret, who worked as assistant Competition Manager for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, was previously a member of the English Women’s Bowls Association (EWBA) Championship Committee (97-07), EWBA President (06) and EWBA Executive Assistant (07-08). No stranger to Bowls Administration, Margaret has been County Administrator for Cumbria since 2011.

Dr Anna Molony

Senior Independent Director


Dr Anna Molony sits on our Board as Senior Independent Director. Over the course of her professional career, Anna has worked at a strategic level in two companies that she has founded and successfully grown. As a facilitator of the Management Audit & Review Committee, she has also been involved in carrying out successful reviews of the Management Accounts, Risk Register and Business Continuity Plan amongst others. Anna has played a pivotal role as a member of Avenue (Leamington) BC in providing a more modern outlook for the club including gaining sponsorship deals with local businesses and the installment of a full-colour club kit in 2020. She also represents Warwickshire at County level.

Jonathan Doust

Independent Director


As an independent member of our Board, Jonathan (Jo) Doust is involved in the strategic development, strategy and aims of Bowls England, ensuring the organisation meets its vision, mission, and objectives. Jo brings a wide experience of sport organisation, development and support at all levels from participatory to elite. A former Board member of the English Institute of Sport, supporting Team GB in the Olympics and Paralympics. A past University Professor of sports science and head of department in three separate Universities, Jo has published numerous research papers. He led the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science for six years. Jo is currently Chairman of Gildredge Park Bowls Club in Sussex and plays regularly in club matches and competitions.

James Wurr

Independent Director

James, who was appointed on a three-year term in April 2023, brings a wealth of sport-based experience from his role at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, where he is Head of Football Regulator Operational Delivery. He was previously a Senior Events Operations Consultant at the Rugby League World Cup 2021, and before that the Head of Sports Participation again at DCMS. A graduate of the London School of Economics with a Master’s from Birkbeck College, he has also worked for the Department of Health and Social Care and in the charity sector.

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