Anderton will bring a wealth of experience and business acumen to the executive management team role having held a number of senior positions in sport.
Following Duncan Weir’s recent retirement after 35 years with The R&A, Anderton will take on Weir’s strategic and operational responsibilities for Golf Development and Amateur Championships. He will also assume responsibility for Sustainability, the British Golf Museum and for The R&A’s international offices in Singapore and Argentina.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “Phil joins us at a time when the importance of developing golf around the world and building momentum on the growing interest in the sport has never been more important.
“He is very well placed to harness the investment we make to grow golf in so many different ways and ensure it is managed sustainably. Phil will play a key role in shaping our future strategy and delivering our commitment to ensuring golf is thriving in 50 years’ time.”
Phil Anderton said, “I am delighted to be starting a new role working for The R&A and it is a privilege be given the opportunity to help shape the sport worldwide.
“Our goal is to ensure the sport thrives by becoming more appealing, accessible and inclusive and The R&A has a huge role to play in driving that effort. The sport has so much to offer and I look forward to working with our affiliated national associations, federations and partners across golf to make this happen.”