On behalf of the Committee can I welcome you to Fire Sport UK Golf Section. Firstly, what a privilege and a pleasure it is for me to assume the role of Chair of this section.
I was appointed as Chief Fire Officer for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service on 1st December 2011. I joined the Fire and Rescue Service in 1990 and have worked in every rank and department across the Service. Shortly after the Fire and Rescue Service was devolved to Welsh Government, I was seconded in 2005 to the Welsh Assembly Government as Policy, Operational and Technical Advisor.
In 2005 I attained a MSc in Public Management at the University of Glamorgan, and completed the Fire and Rescue Service Executive Leadership Programme at Warwick Business School in 2010. In 2015, I was awarded a Fellowship by the Institute of Fire Engineers. In 2018 I was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal by Her Majesty, which was a fantastic day for the family at the Palace.
Golf is one of my many sporting passions; I truly relish the challenges that playing golf gives me, but I also enjoy the social aspect of the sport. I strongly believe that not only does sport provide us with good physical health, but it also improves our mental health and wellbeing. Taking part and competing within the Fire Sport UK Golf section also gives us an opportunity to meet new friends and expand our fire family.
Our committee members Matt, Kev, Kevin and Mick work extremely hard to deliver outstanding events at iconic courses throughout the UK for us. We are also very fortunate to have such a strong regional structure and commitment from everyone that makes our regional golfing tournaments and competitions such a great success. I am looking forward to meeting you as we host our events and I wish you well with your game.
Huw replaces Paul Walker who has been appointed CFO of the Camen Islands.
There is some important information on handicapping and the requirements for competitors, for updates and advice for 2019 click here. Please can all secretaries make themselves familiar with these new rules. This information has been added to the 'Rules' section on the website.
I have also included the current CONGU guidance on the Unified Handicapping System (click on image), this guidance will be particularly useful to secretaries when reviewing and amending handicaps. Mick Topping