The newly appointed General Manager of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association is 40 year old Ian Evans from Aberbargoed, South Wales. Ian, a pigeon fancier for 31 years, is married to Rebecca and has a thirteen year old son, Ellis.
Ian is currently employed as the Programme Manager of the £13.4m South East Wales Community Economic Development Programme which has supported social enterprises in exploring alternative revenue streams and diversifying their businesses to make them financially sustainable.
Ian, 40, has also been Regional Finance and Development Officer with Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and Senior Accountancy Assistant with Caerphilly County Borough Council.
As the son and grandson of pigeon fanciers Ian has been around the hobby all his life. He has always had a keen interest in the administrative and governing role of racing, having undertaken numerous roles with his local club and federation including secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, finance officer and auditor.
He has also volunteered at school events to raise awareness of pigeon racing among young people, and organised and manned the RPRA’s display unit at the Big Cheese event in Caerphilly, as well as writing and disseminating various articles via the BHW.
‘I am delighted to be given the opportunity to represent our wonderful hobby in such an important role and look forward to the challenges ahead,’ said Ian. ‘By building on the hard work and achievements of Stewart Wardrop and the committee, and by working together, we can secure a bright future.’
Ian takes up his post on Monday 14th November.