Women’s Golf Leadership Group

As I announced at our Conference in November, I’m pleased to confirm the GCMA will launch the Women’s Golf Leadership Group in 2018, as part of our commitment to achieve a more inclusive culture within golf.

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The Women’s Golf Leadership Group, which met for the first time at Foxhills on Wednesday 21 March, is part of our commitment to achieving greater gender equality in the GCMA community.

The group reflects the overall aspiration for golf club management to be genuinely inclusive and embrace gender diversity in the broadest sense.

It recognises that to achieve this aspiration there needs to be a cultural shift that properly enables women to flourish at all levels of the industry. The GCMA has seen a big rise in female members over the last couple of years – almost 100% increase since 2012, and with 20% of our members now women, it’s clear there is a fundamental shift in the demographics of our membership.

The group will exist initially to bring like-minded people together to share the challenges they have faced, and provide a forum to look specifically at what barriers exist within the current culture of golf club management. The vision for the group is to develop best practice and create consistent opportunities to advance gender balance throughout 2018, with a view to developing a wider programme of events and initiatives in 2019.

It should also be noted that three of the last four GCMA Golf Club Manager of the Year winners have been female, and the group will also champion the achievements of women in the industry. The key themes of the Women’s Golf Leadership Group are to embrace diversity, ensure inclusive leadership, encourage collaboration and be proactive in addressing the under representation of female golf club managers with innovative plans and strategies.

The first step towards achieving this objective is to identify key priorities for change to enable all those who have a stake in the future of our industry to get behind clearly defined calls to action.

Key leading women from our industry, the PGA and BIGGA are invited to join female members of the GCMA for thought leadership presentations and facilitated networking. All female members have received an invitation to attend and participate in an open and frank discussion about the current challenges. This will then serve to identify the nature and scope of work required with owners, boards, committees, golf club members and others within the golf club management community.

If you would like to attend or send key female individuals from your organisation please email marie@gcma.org.uk or call 01275 391153.

Bob Williams
GCMA Chief Executive

We were one of the first signatories to the R&A’s Women In Golf Charter.  Our pledge, which can be viewed on their website is as follows:

The Golf Club Managers’ Association is proud to be an early signatory to the R&A’s Women In Golf Charter.

The men and women we support in management and leadership positions around the UK Regions are passionate about thedevelopment and future of the game.  We recognise that to successfully manage the clubs we need to strive towards sustainable gender diversity.

As well as being an early signatory to the Charter we are pleased to be providing specific support for the  female members of our association and women in the industry by

  • Creating a collaborative and cross industry network under the banner of The Women’s Golf Leadership Group
  • To establish a Women In Leadership programme as a key initiative for developing a platform for female leaders in golf club management
  • To appoint at least one female director to the Board of the Association in 2018 and look to increase this over the next two years
  • Develop a programme to raise awareness among the golf club community about the unconscious bias/differences that women working in golf, face everyday.
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