BowlsWales Board Members

BowlsWales is governed by its Board of Directors, which is ultimately responsible for the management and conduct of the organisation. Our Board Members help set the strategic direction to enable us to work towards achieving our vision at BowlsWales, namely to manage, develop and grow our sport.
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Simon Colwill- Interim Chair

Portfolio: Information Technology
simon.colwill@bowlswales.com

Simon lives in Gorseinon with his wife and 3 children. He is an IT Service Management Consultant and a former member of the Royal Air Force, with over 20 years’ experience of delivering IT services and capabilities.

He is a member of Briton Ferry Steel Combine B.C. along with other members of his family, with his most recent highlight playing alongside his father and nephew in the 2019 national finals triples competition. As a member of BowlsWales, Simon is keen to use his knowledge to further promote and support the game for the benefit of all those involved in Bowls.

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Tom Hancock

Portfolio: Finance
tom.hancock@bowlswales.com

Originally from Newport, Tom grew up in Rhiwderin and attended Bassaleg School, he currently lives in Caerphilly with his partner and two children. Tom is a Director of a Hair & Beauty Wholesaler with over 15 years’ experience in the industry, he is hoping to bring his skills and experience in Business management and Finance to the BowlsWales Board.

A keen Bowls player, Tom began his career nearly 25 years ago at the age of 10, playing at his local club Pontymister Welfare B.C with his Grandfather and Grandmother. Whilst playing for the club he enjoyed many successes, most notably numerous County Titles and representing Wales at Junior International level from the age of 15. After an enjoyable time at Pontymister Welfare and making Lifelong Friends Tom relocated to Crosskeys Welfare B.C where his love for Bowls continued to grow, At the age of 21 Tom was crowned Welsh National Singles Champion and picked up a Bronze medal at the 2010 World Champion of Champions.

Tom is thoroughly looking forward to working with the Board, contributing to the ongoing development of Bowls in Wales and spreading the word that Bowls is a sport that is available and accessible to all.

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Zoe Thacker

Portfolio: Equality
zoe.thacker@bowlswales.com

Zoe was born in Dorset and, after graduating Cardiff Metropolitan University worked as a Development Officer for the Local Authority (Sport Cardiff). In 2009 she joined Wales Golf, formally Golf Development Wales, and over the course of 10 years has helped to influence corporate and strategic planning and implementation most notably via the 2020 Vision for Wales Golf.

Zoe champions equality and diversity and, in her additional role as equality lead, has taken an active lead for Wales Golf in the delivery of an inclusive golfing framework. Zoe is passionate about helping people and organisations to grow and develop, and has taken on numerous voluntary positions. Most notably as a member of the FAW Equality Steering Group, Secretary for FAB (Females Achieving Brilliance) Wales, and Secretary for LGBT Sport Cymru. 

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Anneli MacDonald

Portfolio: Performance
anneli.macdonald@bowlswales.com

Over the last 15 years Anneli has worked across the sporting landscape running national and international events including World Championships, national championships, and mass participation events. She currently works for the British Paralympic Association, leading on the pre-Games Preparation Camp for the Tokyo Paralympics. A key part of this role is working in partnership with Japanese stakeholders and National Governing Bodies in the UK to create the perfect environment for athletes to train in Japan.

Anneli lives in Cardiff but on weekends she can usually be found recharging her batteries at the beach. A keen runner and open water swimmer, Anneli moved to the UK from Tasmania in 2004 and moved to Wales in 2018.

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Ceri Davies

ceri.ann-glen@bowlswales.com

 

Born and bred in Sandfields, Port Talbot, Ceri started playing bowls with her family and very proud of her working class Welsh roots. She has played for both Wales & Australia from 1991-2008 and return to the sport and to Welsh representation in 2023. She is a four time World champion and Commonwealth Games medallist.

The Cardiff University graduate is a qualified psychologist and level 5 Coach with a masters degree in coaching. Ceri lives in Scotland with her husband Ian, two children Dylan and Nieve and three dogs: Bale (after Gareth Bale), Bella Boo and Daisy-Delta.

Ceri has held multiple leadership and performance advisory posts across Olympic, Paralympic and professional sport, with expertise in Strategic Planning, Risk, Talent ID & development. In addition to her work with high profile clients, she also constructed the British Archery pathways which are now producing the best performers in the World. Ceri also became the first female coach to take a male Table Tennis player to a World Tour title. She has supported the Australian Sport Commission with their Women in Sport work, and has been a programme director for the Scottish Association for Mental Health. After losing her brother Gareth Davies (former Welsh bowler) to suicide, is passionate about supporting men with their mental health.

Ceri remains an active Executive Director of a High Performance Consultancy firm. She now works predominantly in Finance: from Hedge Funds, to Retail and Commercial Banks, leading and advising on High Performance Risk Management.

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Adam Park

adam.park@bowlswales.com

 

Adam has ten years’ experience working in the Welsh Sports sector, working with a variety of National Governing Bodies. His current role is Head of Performance for Welsh Boxing where he sets out the strategic intent of the Performance Programme and oversees operational delivery.

In previous roles within NGBs Adam has led on coach education, officials’ education, tournaments & events, community pathways and regulation. This experience will allow Adam to support in his non-executive role in a wide range of areas within Bowls Wales.

Adam is excited to carry out his term with the Board, as the son of two keen bowlers, Adam has a vested interest in developing the sport. Adam is looking forward to contributing to the ongoing development of Bowls in Wales using his differing experiences in Welsh NGBs ensuring the strategic goals of the organisation are met and the sport flourishes in Wales.

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Mike Doody

mike.doody@bowlswales.com

 

Mike has lived all his life in the Newport area and has been involved in sport from an early age, playing Rugby and Cricket at a high level.

A keen bowler for over 40 years Mike has played outdoor, indoor and short mat bowls. He has had a wealth of experience on the administrative side of the game having been Chairman of the Dragon League Short Mat Bowls, Secretary of Newport Indoor Bowls Association, Secretary of Machen Bowls Club and Director of Newport Indoor Bowls and Leisure Ltd. His abiding memory in the administrative side of Bowls will always be the year he was elected as President of the Welsh Indoor Bowls Association in 2019.

His wife Jean is also active in playing and administering in the game of Bowls.

Mike is keen to ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy a game of bowls and to develop the game therefore ensuring the game is there for future generations.

Mike is excited for the opportunity to give something back into a sport that has given and stills gives me enormous pleasure.

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Chris Spriggs

chris.spriggs@bowlswales.com

 

Chris was born and raised in Llanelli and lives with his wife and twin sons along with his 2 dogs.

Chris's career stems from sports development and spent 10 years at Scarlets as a rugby development officer, and has experience in coaching for 20 years.

Bowls is a big part of his life and he started playing at age 12 with his father and had represented his county at the young age of 17. After suffering brain injury Chris had to stop playing bowls for many years.

Since returning to bowls Chris has played at Havelock Park and had the honor to play and captain Wales Para teams outdoor as well as indoor tests series. Biggest honour in representing Wales at Commonwealth Games 2022..

Chris is looking forward to using his experience and working with all board members to promote the Bowls Wales brand and help to promote bowls in all forms on equal levels