Board Structure

President & CEO

John Bell
John BellPresident
World Bowls Director for Europe 2012 – 2014.
Represented England between 1978 and 1998 worldwide winning: 4 World titles, 1 European, 4 British Isles, and 6 National titles. Performance Director for 2010 and 2014 England Commonwealth Games Team in Delhi and Glasgow– with 24 of 27 players involved winning medals. England Team Manager from 2000 until Present. Life member of Bowls England and Cumbria Bowling Association. Former Head of Tourism for Carlisle City Council.
Gary Smith
Gary SmithCEO
Chief Executive since the formation of World Bowls in 2001.
Previously Bank Manager with Barclays Bank and a Marketing Manager of the Bowls Division of a global sports equipment company.
Represented both England and Scotland in an international bowling career covering over three decades, gaining over 100 caps. Numerous national and international indoor and outdoor titles. World Indoor Pairs champion and a Commonwealth Games Pairs Medallist.

Board Members

John McArdle
John McArdleRegional Director
Regional Director for Africa and the Americas and supporting the following countries: Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, USA

Regional Director World Bowls 2012- Present.
Previous administrations: Chairman-Eskom Rosherville Club 1982 – 1997, President-Near East Rand Bowls 1997-1999, President Bowls-South Africa 2001-2005, President-African Bowls 2001-2005, Deputy President-World Bowls 2006-2008, President-World Bowls 2008-2012, Vice President-CMSB 2008-2012

Holds Life Memberships: Eskom Club Rosherville, Federation of Eskom Clubs, Alberton Bowling Club, Near East Rand Bowls, Erkuhuleni Bowls, Bowls South Africa, World Bowls.

Garry Collins
Garry CollinsRegional Director
Regional Director for Europe and representing: Cyprus, England, France, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Turkey and Wales.

Represented Guernsey internationally for 15 years and been a sports administrator for 19 years, he was President of the British Isles Bowls Council in 2015 and currently a Director of the Guernsey Commonwealth Games Association. Previous careers in banking, accounting and works part-time for a Trust Company in Guernsey. Elected onto his local parish and holds public office.

Claudius Lam
Claudius LamDevelopment Director
Since started bowling in 1996, Claudius Lam has been actively involved in the development of lawn bowls in Hong Kong. Over the years he established the umpire and coach training and accreditation system in Hong Kong, liaising with the government on the provision of new greens, as well as actively promoting the sports throught the media.

He has been actively helping out on the development of the sport in China and Macau, involve in the building of greens and training of umpires and coaches in these two places. He also held position in the umpiring and coaching committees of Macau Lawn Bowls Association and China Multi Bowls Association at their start up period.

On regional level, Claudius assumed the duty to assist the World Bowls Regional Director in Asia and Oceana in 2016 to help the Asian countries to develop the sport.

Scott Roberts
Scott RobertsDevelopment Director
Regional Director for the Americas and reporting to John McArdle supporting the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Falkland Islands, Jamaica and USA.
Regional Director World Bowls 2018 – Present
Represented USA between 2010 – Present. US Open Singles Champion 2015. US National Singles Champion 2016. World Indoor Cup Bronze 2016.
Digital Project Manager for over 15 years. Previously a Software Engineer for 10 years.
Member of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach in Southern California.
Claire Leonard
Claire LeonardDirector
Claire is a Director with Newcastle upon Tyne’s highly successful Hunter Johnstone Marketing Solutions organisation, where she uses her extensive skill set in strategic results-driven marketing consultancy, business development and business-change project management. She has worked with the World Bowls Board since 2013, where she has advised and contributed to the delivery of the marketing requirements set out in the Strategic Plan.


Laws Committee

See under Laws & Umpiring

Athlete’s Commission

Chair – Karen Murphy (Australia)
(Committee currently being formed)

Finance Committee

President – John Bell
Chief Executive – Gary Smith
Financial Planning Consultant – Howard Pryse

Coaching Steering Committee

Karen Murphy – Chair
Trevor Davis
Dr Simon Botha

Appointments Committee

President &
Regional Directors

Life Members

Eleanor Allan (Scotland)

John Armstrong (Scotland)

Kerry Clark CNZM, OBE (New Zealand)

Nancie Colling MBE (England)

Betty Collins OAM (Australia)

David Johnson (England)

John McArdle (South Africa)

Ian A Munro (Scotland)