Richard Heath is a formally qualified Sports Manager with a Master of Advanced Studies in Sports Administration and Technology from the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) in Switzerland. He has also attained a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Bachelor of Applied Science and is a former university medallist and scholarship holder. For the last nine years, he has been an AISTS invited lecturer in Sports Management at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
Richard’s work experience encompasses many aspects of the golfing environment, from range-boy at 12 years of age, to greens staff, pro-shop staff and operations manager.
In 2005, Richard worked on a European combined golf and tertiary education study for the European Golf Association (EGA). He then moved into the new EGA Championship Manager role and was responsible for the efficient running of all EGA Championships, the European Amateur Golf Rankings and the selection and management of European and Continental European representative teams.
Since November 2011, Richard has been EGA General Secretary and has since worked to engage the organisation’s first strategic plan, with the initial five-year phase nearing completion one year early. He also sits as advisor on the R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf Ranking Committee.
Richard, 44, is an accomplished amateur golfer with 30 years of representative golf experience and a myriad of amateur tournament titles. He currently plays at the Lausanne Golf Club in Switzerland, where he holds a +4 handicap. Richard is the current European Mid-Amateur Champion.