The Bowls Development Alliance(BDA) along with their partners Bowls England(BE) and the English Indoor Bowling Association(EIBA) are committed to ensuring there is diversity and equality throughout their organisations and that no individuals (including players, spectators, coaches. officials, administrators and staff) receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of their age, gender, race, disability, religion or socio-economic status. The sport aims to make a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people thus ensuring that the sport of bowls is truly accessible to everyone
They are also committed to reaching, recruiting and retaining people from all communities including those playing, watching, volunteering or working within it and creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for everyone to play and enjoy the sport of bowls.
The BDA Board of Directors has adapted a target of a minimum of 30% of each gender to be represented on their board and are committed to progressing towards gender parity. This is as well as working to achieve greater diversity on the board including but not limited to black, asian, minority ethnic, (BAME) diversity and disability representation.
Over the next three and a half years they will work to foster all aspects of diversity both within its leadership and in the decision-making process.
Board of Directors
The BDA Board of Directors is made up of 3 Non-Executive Independent Directors and with 2 nominated Directors from each partner National Governing Body (EIBA Ltd & Bowls England).
Malcolm Douglas – Non-Executive Independent Director & Chairman
Malcolm was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director and elected as Chairman in May 2017.
Malcolm has a wealth of business experience notably as Group Managing Director of Swatch Group UK Ltd, Managing Director of Polar Electro UK Ltd and Global President of Polar Electro Group. He is now Executive Chairman of Patterson Elliott Management Ltd.
Malcolm's role is to lead the Board, ensuring that the highest standard of probity & governance apply in relations to operations, development of the business, of the organisation and its strategy in accordance with its purposes set out in the governing document and all legal regulatory requirement.
Terry Maywood – Senior Non-Executive Independent Director
Terry was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director in 2015 and elected by the Board as Senior Non-Executive Independent Director April 2017.
Terry has a wealth of experience in the retail sector and has completed many a sporting challenge for charity.
Terry is the Chair of the BDA’s Audit Committee.
Gavin Baker – Non-Executive Independent Director
Gavin was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director in 2018.
Gavin has a wealth of experience in the sports sector.
Peter Thompson – Director, representing EIBA Ltd
Peter was appointed as Director in 2010 to represent the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd.
Peter is the EIBA’s Chief Executive, a position his has held since January 2009. He has 24 years experience of working in Sport predominantly in the areas of Commercial, Marketing and Senior Management.
His role on the Board is to ensure the sport of flat green indoor bowls continues to be an integral part of the BDA but to provide guidance / assistance in Governance and business operations.
Tony Allcock MBE – Director, representing Bowls England
Tony was appointed as a Director in 2010 to represent Bowls England.
Professionally, he is a qualified teacher and was formerly employed by Gloucestershire County Council as Head of several Educational Centres for people with Learning Difficulties. He subsequently ran a successful business before being appointed Chief Executive of the English Bowling Association in 2002. This followed his retirement from World Class Play and a playing career which spanned several decades during which he accumulated 15 World titles. He led the amalgamation with the English Women’s Bowling Association, forming Bowls England, a Company Limited by guarantee by 35 County Associations. Bowls England currently serves over 100,000 affiliated members . Tony is also a Non-Executive Director of the Kennel Club.
Tony’s role (with other Directors) is to oversee the management of the company's business; to be part of strategic and operational decisions to ensure that company meets its statutory obligations.