Robinson’s passion for sport saw him involved with rugby union as a player, coach and administrator and while he is modest about his own golf game which he plays as a member of Coventry Golf Club, he relishes the opportunity to continue in an executive role in another sport he loves.
"This is a tremendously exciting time for me to join English Women’s Golf," said Robinson. "I’m looking forward to working with the association’s executive staff and with the new management board."
Robinson, who will report to the chairman of the management board, succeeds Pauline Perla who, after a period of handover, leaves to take a career break.
Perla joined the then English Ladies’ Golf Association 10 years ago and has led the charge to transform it into a modern, efficient governing body. Under her leadership a modernisation review was completed last year and the English Women’s Golf Association, a company limited by guarantee, came into being on 1 January 2008.
The timing of the new appointment is in Perla’s view optimum. "I applaud everyone who has worked to make the association a modern, forward-thinking organisation ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century," she said.
"Having signalled my intention to take a break, it made sense to have the new chief executive in place at the same time as the new management board, and I wish them all well in their new roles," continued Perla.
Sarah Miller, 2007 chairman of the association, has worked alongside Ms Perla for the past decade and said: "Pauline has been wonderful. Without her we would not be in the position we are today. She has been totally committed to furthering women’s golf and has encouraged us all to move forward.
"She has been an exceptional ambassador for our game and is greatly respected in the higher eche lons of golf," added Miller.
Ruth Whitehead, chair of the association’s operational board, echoed Miller’s words: "It’s impossible to put a price on Pauline’s contribution to women’s golf. She has been invaluable and we can’t thank her enough for her great vision and dedication."
Mr Robinson takes up the reins on Monday, 28 January 2008 and, adding his thanks for the legacy left by Ms Perla said: "Pauline has laid a great foundation from which to take the next steps in driving women’s golf. The opportunity this presents for all levels of the game is one we must not waste."
Jim Robinson's profile can be viewed here.
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