Jermine put on tee for Ryder Cup; Finance man with impressive handicap called in as Wales prepares to host event.
SUCCESSFUL executive and international golfer John Jermine is set to take the helm of the company co-ordinating public-sector involvement in Wales's preparations to host the Ryder Cup.
It is understood that Mr Jermine, who won the Welsh amateur golf championship in 2000 and has represented Wales at golf for the past 30 years, will be named as chairman of Ryder Cup Wales 2010 Ltd at a press conference at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club this morning. His appointment follows a worldwide search for the position.
Mr Jermine will oversee the company's role in delivering the public sector's commitment to ensure the success of the event, to be staged at Sir Terry Matthews's Celtic Manor Resort near Newport in 2010.
Public-sector bodies involved in the event include the WDA, Wales Tourist Board, Sports Council for Wales, Newport City Council and Newport Unlimited.
The Europe v America Ryder Cup, which is the world's third biggest sporting event, is being seen as a 'once in a life time opportunity'', to promote Wales as a tourism and business destination to a global audience.
As well as ensuring the event runs smoothly, Ryder Cup Wales 2010 is also responsible for an ambitious programme of golf tournaments in Wales in the lead up to the sporting classic. These include the WPGA Championship of Europe (which starts at Royal Porthcawl today) and the Wales Seniors Open.
It will also maximise the all-Wales economic, tourism and golf development benefits of hosting the event.
Chartered accountant Mr Jermine, 59, started his accountancy career with Western Mail and Echo Ltd.
He then worked for educational publishing company Thomas Nelson, where he was made financial director in 1974 and managing director in 1977.
In 1983 he joined electronic security group ADT where he was appointed operations director. He is also a former chairman of coal mining and waste management company NSM.
Berkshire-based Mr Jarmine is currently a non-executive chairman of furniture retailer Furnitureland which has a pounds 70m turnover and 400 staff across 20 retail stores in the UK.
The Welsh Golfing Union and the Welsh Ladies Golfing Union are also on the board that will run Ryder Cup Wales 2010 Ltd.