Executive officers

President – Lord Rothermere

The Chairman of the Daily Mail and General Trust and a very dangerous high handicapper who caught the attention of the Handicap Committee after a stunning win in the Centenary Inter Company competition in 2010. Hits the ball long and straight and would be an even lower handicap if able to find more time to play. He commissioned the “Centenary Book” that records the 100 years since his great, great Uncle, Lord Northcliffe, founded the Society and the highlight of his golfing career was an emphatic victory, with partner Lisa Heywood, in the Centenary Inter-Company for the Harmsworth/Mulchrone trophy.

Vice President – Vere Harmsworth

Newly elevated to the role of Vice President, Vere is a fairly recent recruit to both the game of golf and the Society, but don’t be deceived that this is any hindrance to appearing in the winner’s enclosure.  Showing impressive golfing prowess and making full use his 24 handicap, his smooth golf swing and ball striking ability makes him a force to be reckoned with, as displayed leading his carefully selected team into second place at his first Christmas Scramble.  Then challenged by the President  at the annual Inter-Company competition, he Captained a “Northcliffe” team against his father’s Chairman’s Team of elite golfers in a Ryder Cup style competition and took the honours by winning the main trophy of the weekend. As well as supporting the regular golf days he will be concentrating work on his golf swing and getting his name on some more of the Society’s silverware.

Chairman – Vyvyan Harmsworth

Vyvyan Harmsworth joined DMGT in 1982 after 17 years in the army and his military training has proved to be invaluable in marshalling the golfing troops on the Inter-Company competitions. He first worked as a researcher with the Company’s investment team, became development manager of The Field magazine and then took on the mammoth responsibility of helping to move all of Associated Newspapers’ titles out of Fleet Street into their present home in Kensington.

In 1989 he was appointed Director of Corporate Affairs and, at the request of the late Lord Rothermere, he became Chairman of The Northcliffe Golfing Society. He has been instrumental in developing it’s success over the years, including overseeing the highly successful Inter-Company tournament, taking over the Captaincy of the Chairman’s team when Lord Rothermere is unable to attend.

His enthusiasm for the Society is endless and he has a wealth of knowledge on both the history of the Northcliffe and his family’s support and involvement with it.  A highly competitive 17 handicapper, Vyvyan is married to Alexandra and has three children. His love of golf does not end with the Northcliffe. He is a member of Royal St. George’s at Sandwich in Kent which has just voted to allow women to become members and is a past President of the Press Golfing Society.

Captain  –  Nick Stevens

It’s not often that the Society has someone who regularly hits the ball so long and straight, in the right direction to the hole and finishes things off with an accurate putt, but if you are a 2 handicapper like Nick then this has to happen to maintain your standard of play.   Nick may play off 3, but the penalty for the high standard is that golf handicaps are there to equal the game out and those off higher handicaps receive a bucket-load of shots in all the competitions.  It’s a good test for our low handicap Captain, but rest assured, he plays you off level on the 19th and with all those shots the higher players receive – under the Society’s strict handicapping system – the drinks will not always be on them!

Secretary – Garth Burden

Garth Burden took over as the Society’s secretary and treasurer in September, 2001, following his retirement from the Daily Mail’s Managing Editor’s office and many years as the Captain.   He joined Associated Newspapers as a reporter on the Daily Sketch in 1969 – can he be that old? –  and moved over to the Daily Mail in 1971 for it’s re-launch under Editor Sir David English.   Garth, a notable ‘Wooden Spoon’ winner in the past was invited by the late Lord Rothermere to become Society Captain in 1987 at a time of declining attendances and a dearth of funds.  Since then the Society has prospered and now offers ‘a tremendous fixture list at competitive prices’ he insisted on pointing out.  After his first year as Captain he asked who would be taking over from him to be told that he could only step down as Captain as and when the President let him. A 17 handicapper, he is married to Jayne, a fine golfer herself who has been made an Life Member of the Society for all her help with fielding members calls while Garth has been out practising on the golf course. He was a Board member of Northwood Golf Club, a regular fixture in the Society’s golf events and is a member of the Press Golfing Society.

Treasurer – Will Flint

As someone who regularly juggles the Company’s finances and tax affairs, Will is the perfect choice to oversee the Society’s accounts and is able to produce yearly figures that match his scorecard in competitions … neat, tidy and perfectly added up. For a 14 handicapper, Will is usually up there amongst the prize winners including a memorable win on the tough Royal Cinque Ports links course at Deal. Renown for being one of the steadiest hitters of the ball, Will definitely avoids taxing rounds due to wild shots that make adding up his score difficult without his calculator.

Other Committee members:

  • Lisa Heywood, past Captain and Pension Fund member
  • Roland Agambar, Mail Newspapers
  • Martin Smith, Metro
  • Craig Fawcett, Metro
  • Barry Theobald, Colour Studio
  • John Tucker, Mail Newspapers
  • Lee Terry, Mail Newspapers
  • Clive Heard. Former Treasurer
  • Ian McGowan, Handicap Guru