Board Members

President

Darryl Clout
Darryl CloutPresident

Darryl has had a long involvement at both professional and volunteer levels with sport and sporting administration. He is the former Head of NSW Sport and Recreation and a former NSW Institute of Sport Director. He formerly held roles as a Board member and President of Softball Australia as well as Vice President of the International Softball Federation. He was appointed to the Bowls Australia Board in 2012 and was elected President in 2017. He was also elected to the Board of Commonwealth Games Australia in 2018 and is Chair of the Heritage and Awards Committee.

Gerry Baker
Gerry BakerWorld Bowls Regional Director for South Africa

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.

Claudius Lam
Claudius LamWorld Bowls Regional Director for Asia

Since he started bowling in 1996, Claudius Lam has been actively involved in the development of bowls in Hong Kong. Over the years he established the umpire and coach training and accreditation system, liaising with the government on the provision of new greens and actively promoting the sports through the media.
He has been actively helping with the development of the sport in China and Macau, involving the building of greens and training of umpires and coaches. He also held positions on the umpiring and coaching committees of Macau Lawn Bowls Association and China Multi Bowls Association during their start up period.
On a 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.

Brett O'Riley
Brett O'Riley World Bowls Regional Director for Oceania

Brett has had a lifetime family involvement with bowls. Over more than 50 years this has included roles as a high level competitor, coach, journalist, broadcaster, administrator, supporter, sponsor and selector. Brett has been World Chair of the PBA and on the board of World Bowls Tour, a board member of Bowls New Zealand, and played in two national finals. His current club Takapuna, where he is involved in various roles, was NZ Club of the Year in 2021. In parallel Brett spent 20 years in senior roles globally in the technology sector, before returning to New Zealand in 2009. Since then he has held senior executive and governance roles in the public and private sectors. Brett is currently Chief Executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association and on several boards. Brett is committed to sustainably developing the game at all levels, particularly in his Oceania region.

Hazel Wilson
Hazel WilsonWorld Bowls Regional Director for Europe

Hazel managed the Welsh Women’s Bowling Team from 2008 until 2022. Commonwealth Games Team Leader for Welsh Lawn Bowls in Glasgow, 2014 and Gold Coast 2018. Former international player winning a British Isles Singles Title and many national titles. Welsh Women’s Bowling Association Secretary since 2018.She has worked in Further Education for 19 years in various areas including teaching IT, Project Management, Change Management, Quality and Student Support ensuring that students access the support they need. Have recently been appointed Project Manager for the Additional Learning Needs Education and Training Project.She has experience of many administration roles with community and welsh organisations, including management of various websites and development of social media sites.

Regional Director for Europe and rep resenting: Cyprus, Czech, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkiye and Wales.

Sue Beatt
Sue BeattWorld Bowls Regional Director for Europe

Sue is now retired but has over 30 years experience in HR and Learning and Development, having owned and run two training and consultancy businesses, one of which operated globally. She has been a club bowler for over 20 years. In 2014 she joined the Board of Bowls Scotland and in 2016 she was appointed as the first ever female Chair, a position she held until November 2022. In this position, she has helped the Board become fully skills-based. Sue is Chair of the Scottish Sports Association, a membership organisation which represents and champions Scottish Governing Bodies of Sports.

Regional Director for Europe and representing: Cyprus, Czech, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkiye and Wales.

Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Neil Dalrymple
Neil DalrympleChief Executive Officer
Neil held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Bowls Australia (BA) from May 2007 to December 2022. During his tenure at BA, Neil spearheaded numerous innovative strategic and operational changes in the organisation, which have greatly impacted on the sport of Bowls in Australia.
Neil’s focus has been, and continues to be, ensuring the ongoing sustainability and vitality of the sport of Bowls, both in Australia and internationally.
While at the helm of BA, Neil oversaw the ongoing professionalization of the organisation. He has been deeply engaged in strengthening the relationships between BA and each of the Australian State and Territory Associations, as well as relationships with other key partners, such as the Australian Sports Commission and World Bowls.
Under Neil’s leadership, BA expertly managed the continued improvement of Australia’s elite bowler squads, culminating in Australia’s Jackeroos’ most successful performance to date at the 2012 World Championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and the best performance abroad at the 2016
World Bowls Championships and 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Among Neil’s many innovations as CEO, a stand out is undoubtedly the creation of the very successful Australian Premier League – a biannual competition for professional teams, now known as the Bowls Premier League (BPL), which has attracted a wealth of new spectators and fans to a short form and highly exciting version of Bowls.
With an eye to broadening the reach and appeal of Bowls for participants and spectators alike, Neil and BA secured weekly coverage of the sport via The Bowls Show screening on free-to-air and pay-tv platforms.
Neil and the BA Team also masterminded the relocation of BA’s flagship annual competition, the Australian Open, to the Gold Coast in partnership with Tourism Events Queensland and the Major Events Gold Coast.
Recognising the central role Bowls clubs and players play in the viability of the sport, Neil has also worked actively to ensure club sustainability, creating a nationwide network of Regional Bowls Managers.
Neil has previously held roles with NT Cricket (CEO) and Softball Australia (CEO), as well as two separate periods working for Cricket Australia, and has an excellent understanding of and strong commitment to the myriad health and wellbeing benefits engagement with sport has for all Australians, regardless of gender, background or ability.
Neil has an inclusive and pragmatic approach to sports administration; he is strongly committed to organisational transparency and good corporate governance and has been highly successful in his endeavours within Australian sport for nearly three decades.
Bronwyn White
Bronwyn WhiteExecutive Assistant
Irene Attard
Irene AttardCommunications and Marketing Coordinator

Committees

Laws Advisory Group

Allan Thornhill (England) (Chair)
Mark Cowan(Australia)
Roger Black (Scotland)
Michael Johnson (New Zealand)
Jeanette Williams (South Africa)

Coaching Advisory Group

Graeme Rees (New Zealand) (Chair)
Karen Murphy (Australia)
Derek Dillon (Canada)
Allen Harvey (Cyprus)
Mal Evans (England)
Adam Martin (Scotland)
Rita Shek (Hong Kong)
Simon Botha (South Africa)

Life Members

Eleanor Allan (Scotland)
John Armstrong (Scotland)
Kerry Clark CNZM, OBE (New Zealand)
Betty Collins OAM (Australia)
David Johnson (England)
John McArdle (South Africa)
John Bell (England)