Published: Thursday, 26th September 2019

Warwick District Council has been advised that Tony Allcock OBE, plans to retire from his post as Chief Executive of Bowls England in Spring 2020.

Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger, Portfolio Holder for Cultural Services comments:

“Along with my fellow councillors and officers we have enjoyed a close working relationship with Tony and his team, since the formation of Bowls England in 2008. A relationship strengthened in 2011 when Bowls England began the work to bring together the Men’s and Women’s National Championships in Leamington Spa.  

In 2014, thanks largely to Tony’s unstinting enthusiasm and commitment, Bowls England brought their HQ and the first combined Nationals to Leamington Spa. Many had thought that a combined Nationals was not possible, but not Tony, with the support of his team, he made it happen and we haven’t looked back.

Leamington is the centre of Bowls in the UK, what a legacy!  I would like to wish Tony a long and happy retirement.”

Chris Elliott, Chief Executive, Warwick District Council adds:

“It was Tony who suggested to the team developing the Birmingham bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games that they should consider Victoria Park as the venue for the Lawn Bowls and Para Bowls. With only three years to go to the Commonwealth Games, work is pushing forward, and whilst the sport of bowls will most certainly miss Tony’s leadership; Councillors and officers of Warwick District Council will miss his knowledge, experience and honest advice as we move towards 2022.

Everyone here who has worked with Tony in the last eight years wishes him well in his retirement, and hopes that we will see him at the greens in Victoria Park from time to time.”

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