He took up his new role at the Annual meeting of England Golf (19th April 18), held at its Woodhall Spa headquarters.
Desmond, who succeeds Cambridgeshire’s John Williams, is a renowned rules expert. He has refereed at eight Open Championships, the Walker Cup, the Palmer Cup, on the European Tour, European Senior Tour and at English amateur events. He has been a member at his much-treasured club, Bamburgh Castle, for half a century and has been captain and club champion and is an honorary Vice-President. He has also been President of the Northumberland Golf Union.
In addition, Desmond has been a board member of the former English Golf Union, represented England on the Council of National Golf Unions and sat on the R&A Rules and Championship Committees and on the PGA Rules Panel.
Information taken from the England Golf Website