The collaboration will see the association work with Chair Network and BIGGA to help more than 8,000 private member golf club directors across the UK The GCMA are delighted to have formed a strategic collaboration with Chair Network, the largest community for the UK's volunteer private golf club directors. They've been joined by BIGGA and the three organisations will combine to develop the knowledge and education of the more than 8,000 private member golf club directors throughout the UK. That will include supporting the working relationship between club employees and volunteer directors and talking about best practice around industry topics. Chair Network was founded in 2018 by Eddie Bullock and Jane Carter. It represents all sectors of the private golf club structure, from club chairs and club directors in course management to food and beverage and business and operations. As well as raising awareness and knowledge, the trio will also work together to develop a 'Be A Better Golf Club Director' course. Delivered online, it will support new and existing golf club directors with education on how to support their clubs in the best way possible and make an impact as they join Boards or take on new Chair roles. Pat Farag, Chair Network Advisory Board Chair, who is also chair of Enfield Golf Club, said the collaboration was an important step in the growth of the body. "COVID-19 has brought both significant pressure and ongoing challenges and demonstrated how a close working relationship between both employer and employees is crucial to the long-term prosperity and survival of a golf club," she said. “Chair Network is a peer-to-peer community allowing volunteer directors at every level to network and learn from each other. By working together with GCMA and BIGGA, we will also bring insight and learnings from the professional workforce. All of our respective memberships have a common interest in seeing the golf club industry thrive.” Tom Brooke, GCMA chief executive, said: “Chair Network provides a channel directly to Golf Club Boards and their directors. Our role is to promote the value of a professional golf club manager and how a Board can work with its professional team. "The GCMA supports the ambitions of Chair Network to develop an effective support network for volunteers and we are delighted to add our professional insight and that of our Members.” For further information, email [email protected], call 07802 626866 or visit www.chairnetwork.golf Do you subscribe to the GCMA’s weekly E-newsletter? Make sure you’re not missing out on the latest in the world of golf club management. Click here to join in
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