Ken Burton, BowlsWales Board

Following a Board Meeting last night, BowlsWales has announced that Interim Chair of BowlsWales, Ken Burton has retired today from the BowlsWales Board.

Ken had been involved at BowlsWales from the very start, from the Steering Committee to the formation of the body in 2017, and since then had played a prominent role in promoting bowls throughout the country, working tirelessly with the National Governing Bodies.

We hope Ken can look back on his time with BowlsWales with fond memories. We would like to thank him for his contribution and commitment to BowlsWales and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.

Therefore, we are pleased to announce that Richard Palmer has now been elected as the new Chair of Bowls Wales.

Rebecca Rothwell, Relationship Manager at Sport Wales, said “On behalf of Sport Wales, I should like to thank Ken for his commitment, hard work and kindness during his time as Interim Chair of BowlsWales. May I also take the opportunity to formally welcome Richard into the role of Chair. His is an exciting and important appointment, one that will benefit greatly the sport of Bowls in Wales.”



Richard said “I am honoured to have been elected as Chair following Ken’s recent decision to step down from the Board. I plan to do my utmost to fill his shoes and I’m looking forward to working with the National Governing Bodies, clubs and grass roots bowlers in the future. I want to see an ongoing and open dialogue across the bowls community in Wales and I’m keen to hear from anyone with an interest in the sport. There are many challenges ahead – not least as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – but together I’m sure we have the skills, experience and enthusiasm to make a real difference to the sport in Wales.”



During the meeting we also heard that David Harding had decided to step down from the board of BowlsWales. The BowlsWales Board is grateful to David for all his efforts and his enthusiasm during his period as a Board member. In a short time, David made an outstanding contribution to the Performance group and the Board as a whole. We are sorry that he has decided to stand down from the BowlsWales Board but thank him for all his hard work.

Everyone at BowlsWales would like to thank Ken and David for their dedication to the sport of bowls.

Of course, this now means that there are two vacancies for Directors – these will be advertised over the coming weeks – watch this space!