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

Gerry Baker
Gerry BakerRegional Director
Represented South Africa at international level for 25 years of unbroken selection. Most capped South African player.
Won numerous provincial and domestic medals.
Played in 6 Commonwealth Games – a South African record across all sporting codes – winning 3 medals including the Gold medal in Delhi in 2010.
Played in 5 World Championships winning a silver and two bronze medals.
In the business world qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is currently CEO of a business that supplies equipment and consumables to the printing and graphic arts industry.
Garry Collins
Garry CollinsRegional Director
Regional Director for Europe and representing: Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Wales.

Represented Guernsey internationally for over 17 years and been a sports administrator since he was 18 years old. Garry was elected President of the British Isles Bowls Council in 2015, with having held several roles within the Guernsey Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Europe bodies over the last 16 years. Previous professional careers in banking, treasury and accounting, Garry is also an elected public official for his parish.