Directors

Hew Chalmers MBE

First elected 2014 — Current term ends 2021

Hew Chalmers, from Scotland, was elected to the World Curling Federation Board in September 2014 for an initial three-year term.

Chalmers was a board member of the European Curling Federation from 2010 until 2014.

From 2010 until 2019, Chalmers held the position of Director for the British Olympic Association, acting as the winter sport representative.

From 2006, Chalmers has held the position of Director for the British Curling Association.

Chalmers is the board lead responsible for the Development Assistance Programme, which is available to the World Curling Federation Member Associations to aid them with development projects centred around increasing curling participation in their country.

In September 2017, Chalmers was re-elected to the role of Director for another four-year term.

In the United Kingdom New Year 2019 Honours List, Chalmers became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for ‘Services to Olympic Sport’.


Cathrine Lindahl

First elected 2016 — Current term ends 2020

Catherine Lindahl, two-time Olympic Winter Games gold medallist (2006 and 2010) from Sweden, was elected to the World Curling Federation Board in September 2016 for a four-year term.

Lindahl chairs the Finance Commission, which oversees the finances of the World Curling Federation and acts as an internal audit group.

Lindahl is the vice-chair and board liaison of the Athletes Commission, which ensures all competitions and rules are fit for purpose. Lindahl, has been a member of the commission since its inception in 2013.

In September 2020, Lindahl’s initial four-year term draws to a conclusion and her position as Director is up for election.


Toyokazu Ogawa

First elected 2012 — Current term ends 2023

Toyokazu Ogawa, from Japan, was elected to the World Curling Federation Board in April 2012.

As part of the World Curling Federation Board restructure in 2014, Ogawa was elected as Director for an initial one-year term. Ogawa was re-elected to the position of Director, for a four-year term in 2015.

Ogawa is the chair and board liaison of the newly formed Technical Commission, which ensures outstanding ice conditions at all World Curling Federation events. The commission also assists Member Associations in improving existing, or building new, dedicated curling facilities.

In September 2019, Ogawa was re-elected, unopposed, to the role of Director for another four-year term.


Beau Welling

Elected 2018–2022

Beau Welling, from the United States of America, was elected to the World Curling Federation Board in September 2018 for an initial four-year term.

Welling was a Board Member of the United States Curling Association from 2007 until 2018.

In 2010, Welling was a founder of the Palmetto Curling Club in Greenville, United States.

Welling chairs the Strategic Review Group and is the board lead on the Federation’s Strategic Forward Plan.