Penny Maguire retires after 15 fantastic years

30th June, 2021

Penny Maguire, a familiar face to all bowlers over the past 15 years, has retired from Bowls England.

Penny’s unwavering enthusiasm and passion for the sport has seen her play an integral role over the years. As Business Development Manager, her main priority was the financial health of the company. Alongside this, she drove the Bowls England National Finals, intent on providing an incredible experience for bowlers at the pinnacle of the summer season.

She also was instrumental in the development of the Visually Impaired Bowlers World Blind Bowlers Championship in 2013, and put a lot of personal effort into raising the funds for the event, whilst also organising it operationally.

Together with Tony Allcock OBE, our previous Chief Executive, Penny led the company for many years, diligently and professionally.

Jon Cockcroft, current CE of Bowls England, said “Penny’s contribution to the sport has been incredible, across so many areas, and she will be sorely missed by us all. A great colleague and friend, she has fully deserved her retirement to the delights of South Wales.

“We look forward to welcoming her back to the National Finals in August for a proper send off.”

Penny’s departure, along with those of Dawn Chapman, Jamie Chestney and John Hughes over the past 12 months, as well as the transition of Adam Durnin to a full time role with Coach Bowls, has necessitated a staffing process which is now complete. You can find the full centralised staff team, and their responsibilities, here.

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