Caldwell appointed as new R&A captain

Gavin Caldwell, the new R&A captain.
Gavin Caldwell, the new R&A captain.

Londonderry man Gavin Caldwell has been elevated to the Captaincy of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrew’s, it has been announced.

The Waterside man takes up his new post in September.

Mr Caldwell has been nominated as Captain by the past Captains of the Club and will begin his year in office with the traditional driving-in ceremony on the first tee of the Old Course on Friday September 25, 2015.

A former Trustee of Portmarnock Golf Club, Mr Caldwell was club Captain and Chairman of the Walker Cup Committee when it hosted the 1991 match. He enjoyed a successful university golf career and is President of Dublin University Golfing Society. He plays to a handicap of 12.

Mr Caldwell has served on the Amateur Status and Championship Committees of The R&A and was a member of the General Committee from 2010-2013. He has been a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club since 1996.

Mr Caldwell was educated at St Columba’s College and Trinity College, Dublin and embarked on a career in investment management. In 1980, he was appointed as the founding Chief Executive of Ulster Bank Investment Managers, the Irish subsidiary of NatWest Group, a role he held until 2003. He is currently a non-executive director of several Irish subsidiaries of international investment companies.

Residing in Howth, County Dublin, Mr Caldwell lives with his wife Jane and has five children, Robert, Sarah, Sonia, Jennifer and Gillian.