Board of Trustees
Stephen Lewis – Chairman
Stephen has held senior positions in the golf, health and fitness and hospitality industry for nearly 40 years. His first love has always been the game of golf which has given him tremendous pleasure and lasting friendships over the 50 years he has played the game. Stephen passionately believes in the Golf Foundation's founding principles of helping young people to be active by introducing them to the joys of golf and developing their life skills.
Deborah’s career began in retail where she progressed from Management Trainee to becoming a director at both Littlewoods and Sears PLC. A move into the charity sector, saw Deborah join the Enterprise Programme at The Princes Trust where she spent 10 years helping unemployed young people to set up their own businesses.
Deborah started playing golf as a teenager and loves the personal challenge, the team aspect, the fresh air and social opportunities. She became a Golf Foundation trustee to bring a different business perspective to the charity, and to try to enable more young people learn, enjoy and play the game. Deborah is also a trustee of Learning through Landscapes, a charity that helps schools make better use of their outdoor spaces for children's learning and development.
Ian Armitage has worked in the private equity industry for over 35 years and has played golf for over 54 years. Most of his time is spent working with not for profit enterprises that serve the school system in England.
Kevin studied Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Strathclyde University before returning to Glasgow University to study Scots Law. He trained as a solicitor, before joining The R&A in 2000 where he worked in the Rules department for 16 years. During this time he refereed many amateur and professional events (including The Open), conducted Rules Schools all around the world, and was responsible for The R&A’s online Rules materials. In 2016 he transferred to The R&A’s Golf Development department. The R&A is a proud supporter of the Golf Foundation and has been represented on the Board of Trustees for many years.
Nick is a committed life time golfer and semi-retired businessman who is ready to give something back to help young people from all backgrounds enjoy golf. As a member of two golf clubs, Royal St George's and The Berkshire, a past Captain and low handicap golfer he plays regular competitive golf. Nick’s business background has given him an insight and appetite to make the work of the Golf Foundation more visible and relevant to more golf clubs.
Nigel is a passionate advocate for junior golf and has been fully involved in the sport since 1980, first within his local county of Cheshire and subsequently with the English Golf Union. He has been Tournament Director of the Telegraph Junior Golf Championship for the past 15 years, which is arguably the largest junior event for boys and girls in the world with over 25,000 entries each year. Nigel was Chairman of the EGU/England Golf from 2009-2014, President of England Golf in 2015 and was awarded an OBE for services to amateur golf in 2014.
Norman believes that “golf is a sport for every age and every ability” and uses his experience and expertise to help the Golf Foundation encourage more young people into the game. Norman has been involved with PGA External Relations for over 34 years in a variety of roles including Assistant Chief Executive and in the management of the Ryder Cup Europe. He has held a number of senior roles in golf that include being Director of the England Golf Partnership, the Professional Players Federation, PGAs of Europe and a Board member of Golf Development Wales.
Norman is an amateur golfer, past Captain and President of Chorley G C, present Board member, member of the Lancashire Union Executive and past player and past County Senior Captain. He is also a Member of Royal St David’s GC and has represented the club in the European Amateur Clubs Championship.
As a former Chair of the BGIA, Nigel became a Golf Foundation Trustee in 2017 as part of his new role on the BGIA Executive Board. Nigel is extremely honoured to hold two such positions; he is not only passionate about playing golf but growing awareness and support for the game. As MD of his own golf distribution company, Nigel is only too aware of the obstacles that exist for everyone involved in the business; from the manufacturers to the players, and wants to continue to fight for changes in the mind set surrounding the game and the wonderful benefits it can provide for everyone.
Di Horsley established her own company, ClearView Futures, and has used her experience and knowledge gained from working in sport for over 25 years to assist individuals, teams and companies to reach their full potential. She is a qualified teacher and an accredited executive and performance coach and mentor. Di worked for Sport England for 20 years. As the golf client manager she led the establishment of the England Golf Partnership, the development of the first golf Whole Sport Plan as well as leading the initial work on Golf Mark, the ELGA/EWGA Performance Plan and a Golf Volunteer Strategy.
Di is a Trustee for the Golf Foundation, Chair of the England Golf Trust and a Board member of the Advantage Creative Fund working to support SME’s in creative industries. A keen golfer she is a member of Branston Golf and Country Club.
Sir Robin Miller
Robin is a Non-Executive Chairman of Edge VCT plc and Brave Bison, and Director of Premier Sports Holdings, Gemini Network Media, Crash Media Group, Digital Group Limited, Gruppo Media Limited, Bikesportnews.com and a Trustee of the Golf Foundation. Robin was formerly Chief Executive (1985-98 and 2001-03) and Chairman (1998-2001) of Emap plc, a leading international media group in consumer and trade publishing, commercial radio, music TV channels and events.
Robin enjoys playing and watching golf and, through his association with the Golf Foundation, helping to encourage youngsters from all walks of life to experience the benefits and fun of the game.
Stephen is a graduate of Oxford University and a qualified lawyer. He has worked for 20 years at CEO and Chairman levels with publicly quoted engineering companies with substantial overseas interests. Subsequently, he has developed a leading international Market Research Group focused on the Sport and Sponsorship Industries. As a junior, Stephen played golf for England, and as a student captained the Oxford University Golf Team. He is a member of The R&A.
Nick is a Chartered Accountant and a partner in RSM, one of the leading global accounting firms, where he is National Head of Charities. His clients include some of the UK's largest charities having also worked overseas on projects in Germany, Ireland and Romania with RSM International. Nick holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting and is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Scriveners of the City of London. A keen golfer, playing throughout his life, Nick is a member of The Golf Foundation's Finance Committee. He has previously held similar voluntary positions for hospice and education provider charities in Kent, a county in which his family has had a continuing presence since 1390.
Sally Stewart works in the International Policy Department of the European Tour, having started at the Tour in 1986 in Tournament Operations. She was involved in the Challenge Tour from its inception in 1989. Sally represents the European Tour, a core funder, on the board of the Golf Foundation. She is a keen golfer and a member of Hankley Common Golf Club.