Meet the first managers to receive GCMA Accreditation

GCMA Accreditation

The first managers to receive GCMA Accreditation status have been announced.

Since the launch of GCMA Accreditation in September 2022, association staff have been assessing applications from members keen to receive formal recognition of their abilities as golf club managers. 

North Hants’ Rob Climas was the first member to receive GCMA Accreditation, alongside Stuart Leech and Scott Clark, and the rest of the first intake have now been confirmed.

GCMA CEO Tom Brooke was excited to announce the full list of successful candidates, saying:  “GCMA Accreditation is a key strand of our Association’s strategy and the central piece of our Professional Development service to members, so we’re delighted to see so many members putting themselves forward and taking part in this new programme, which is the first of its kind in Golf Club Management. It’s fantastic to be able to formally recognise the depth of knowledge, talent and achievements from within our membership for the first time, and we look forward to working with our members to further develop the programme and uptake in the coming years.”

The first accredited managers are:

Aaron HarrisGillingham1
Adam BodimeadeHartley Wintney3
Adam GrintGerrards Cross3
Adrian WoodLongcliffe1
Andrew WebsterBeverley & East Riding2
Bethan PopelLong AshtonA
Bill TownsonEssex Golf Union1
Brad McLeanGog Magog3
Bradley MooreThe DykeA
Christopher HugginsYeovil3
Colin WhiteEnville2
Dan AtkinsCalverleyA
David AddisonKilmarnock2
Ed RichardsonHankley Common3
Gareth MorganMinchinhampton3
Grant MastertonLiphook 1
Hamish MacKayWeston-super-Mare1
Jack BrevittMoseleyA
James LevickSt Austell2
John JacksonHaydock Park2
John MortAstbury1
Jonathan PearsonHorsforth1
Jonathan TarlingChelmsford1
Louis BoothLincoln1
Mark AlldenDruids Heath3
Matthew BowmanBraintree3
Matthew HartLinks NewmarketA
Matthew MayfieldHarewood Downs3
Matthew ParsleyConwy3
Melanie DrakeKings Hill3
Reece MayberryCaldecott Hall1
Richard DevineWoodsome Hall 3
Richard JaggerBrough3
Richard Penley-MartinDenham3
Rob ClimasNorth Hants3
Scott ClarkBoyce Hill3
Simon WilliamsSherwood Forest2
Stacy DruryStowmarketA
Steve HuntKings Hill2
Stuart LeechFormby3
Susan TurnerSeacroft2
Susie WaldockAberdovey1
Tom SheffieldMinchinhampton1

GCMA Accreditation is flexible, inclusive, and designed to represent the value of GCMA members to golf the industry, while providing a clear and achievable route for career development.

It aims to value and recognise the wide range of backgrounds, skills, knowledge, experience, learning and qualifications that contribute to making a successful golf club manager.

Members could apply for one of four Levels – ranging from GCMA Aspiring Manager (Level 1) to GCMA Accredited Manager (Level 3), and entries to the programme will reopen on May 1 this year.

Learn more about GCMA Accreditation here.

By GCMA Content Team

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