The CA is please to announce that James Hawkins has been appointed Editor of the "Croquet Gazette" to succeed Gail Curry with effect from the September 2001 issue. The July issue will be a co-operative effort to assist in the handover from Gail to James.
James Hawkins, from Liverpool, came to the Association game in 1985, as a member of Southport and Birkdale Croquet Club, later joining Bowdon. He has played for many years on the CA Tournament Circuit, in both handicap and advanced events. He successfully captained the winning Southport Longman Cup team in 1992. His work as Publicity Officer for the 1994 WCF World Championship at Carden Park resulted in widespread coverage for the game both in print and on radio. Playing regularly at Championship level, he is the current Captain of the Lancashire Inter Counties Association Team, and a member of the Lancashire Inter Counties Golf Team. He was formerly Development Officer for the North West Federation, and is a CA handicapper, Grade I coach, tournament referee and championship manager. He is currently Chairman of the Tournament Committee at Southport Croquet Club. An advocate of both short croquet and golf croquet as well as handicap and advanced play, he has recently been appointed to the CA Working Party investigating the introduction of Gateball to the UK. After graduating from Cambridge University, James has worked in varied environments, from charity fundraising to stockbroking, and has specialised in PC applications development. He has spent several years in the direct mail and telemarketing industries, designing business solutions using spreadsheet, database and web design systems.
As chairman of the Magazine Committee, I welcome the appointment, which is being ratified by the Executive Committee of the CA Council, and wish James well in his task of taking the Gazette forward over the next few years. I also wish to record the appreciation of the CA to Gail Curry for her successful tenure over the past six years, and wish her well for the future.