President Vice President Caspar Grauballe Gary Johnston Council Michiel van der Vaart

Date: Thu 20 Apr 2023

EIGCA Annual General Meeting brings changes in leadership

At our 2023 Annual General Meeting in Belek, Turkey on 20th April, members elected a new President and Vice President to lead the Institute, and a new configuration of the Council.

Caspar Grauballe, from Denmark, was elected President and Gary Johnston, from England, Vice President.

Caspar has served on EIGCA’s Council since being first elected in 2015, and supported Tim Lobb’s Presidency for the last two years in the role of Vice President. Gary Johnston first served on the EIGCA Council from 2011-2014 and was re-elected in 2017. Gary will now support Caspar Grauballe’s Presidency, in the role of Vice President.

On being elected President, Caspar says: “Tim moved the Institute a long way towards a more modern approach and helped form a strong connection to our sister organisations, the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and Society of Australian Golf Course Architects (SAGCA). During my Presidency I will focus on:

1. Further increasing collaboration with other industry bodies and our sister organisations to have a broader voice in and outside the golfing world.
2. Raising awareness of EIGCA with our Patrons to ensure that we are seen as a natural partner for them when it comes to questions on golf course architecture
3. Delivering an education programme that is fit-for-the-future and bring in new and highly qualified architects to the Institute
4. Continuing to modernise the Institute’s operations in close cooperation with the EIGCA Council and staff.

“I am delighted that Gary Johnston has been elected Vice President and I look forward to working with him to keep the momentum of the Institute moving forward and ensure EIGCA is a relevant part of the future of golf.”

As per the Institute’s Articles of Association, Paul Kimber resigned, as the longest serving Council Member and stood for re-election, David Bily resigned as he had not previously stood for election having replaced Gareth Williams in June 2022 and stood for re-election. Tim Lobb resigned from his position on Council. An election at this AGM saw Paul Kimber and David Bily elected, alongside Michiel van der Vaart who was elected to Council for the first time.

EIGCA’s full complement of eight Council places are filled by:

1. Caspar Grauballe (Denmark)
2. Gary Johnston (England)
3. David Bily (Switzerland)
4. Niall Glen (Scotland)
5. Kari Haug (USA)
6. Paul Kimber (Scotland)
7. Christian Lundin (Sweden)
8. Michiel van der Vaart (The Netherlands)

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