The R&A has appointed Phil Anderton as
Chief Development Officer.
Anderton will bring a wealth of experience
and business acumen to the executive management team role having held a number
of senior positions in sport.
Following Duncan Weir’s recent retirement
after 35 years with The R&A, Anderton will take on Weir’s strategic and
operational responsibilities for Golf Development and Amateur Championships. He also will assume responsibility for Sustainability, the British Golf Museum and
for The R&A’s international offices in Singapore and Argentina.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The
R&A, said, “Phil joins us at a time when the importance of developing golf
around the world and building momentum on the growing interest in the sport has
never been more important.
“He is very well placed to harness the
investment we make to grow golf in so many different ways and ensure it is
managed sustainably. Phil will play a key role in shaping our future strategy
and delivering our commitment to ensuring golf is thriving in 50 years’ time.”
Anderton said, “I am delighted to be
starting a new role working for The R&A and it is a privilege to be given the
opportunity to help shape the sport worldwide.
“Our goal is to ensure the sport thrives by
becoming more appealing, accessible and inclusive and The R&A has a huge
role to play in driving that effort. The sport has so much to offer and I look
forward to working with our affiliated national associations, federations and
partners across golf to make this happen.”
Anderton has experience in sporting roles that include football, rugby and tennis. He will be based at The
R&A’s headquarters in St Andrews, and knows the home of golf well having
graduated from the town’s university in 1988 with a degree in management and international relations. He is originally from Edinburgh.
His early career involved roles with
Procter & Gamble and The Coca-Cola Company before he moved into high
profile roles in Scottish and international sport. He was Chief Executive of
both the Scottish Rugby Union and Heart of Midlothian Football Club; Chief
Marketing Officer of the ATP Tour and Chairman of the ATP World Tour Finals;
and Chief Executive of Al Jazira Sports Club in Abu Dhabi.
Anderton has a wealth of knowledge and
experience of implementing and delivering on business strategy in sport. While
at the ATP, he reviewed the golf industry’s work in growing participation at
grass-roots level to help inform tennis. More recently, he has run his own
Golf has been a lifetime interest for
Anderton, both as a fan and as a keen player. He recently joined Gullane and
plays to a handicap of 12.
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