Following a WPBSA Board meeting on Thursday, July 22, Jason Ferguson has been appointed as Chairman of the WPBSA.

Ferguson, a former professional player who spent four years ranked among the world's top 32, was co-opted on to the Board in May. This will be his second spell as WPBSA Chairman.

He is currently non-executive Director of the award winning Sherwood Environmental Village Limited including the Chairman of Audit for the company as well as currently holding public office as the Mayor of his home town, Ollerton, Notts.

Ferguson said: "I am delighted to take up the position of WPBSA Chairman. I have been passionate about snooker throughout my life, so it's fantastic to be involved at what is an incredibly exciting time for the sport. My fellow board members and I will be working extremely hard to fulfill our roles in snooker's brave new world."

David Douglas, the former Detective Chief Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police who joined the Board in April, is now Vice-Chairman. Six-times World Champion Steve Davis is also a director.

Having been given the green light in a players' vote last month to go ahead with his blueprint for snooker's future, Barry Hearn has resigned from the WPBSA Board and taken up position as Chairman of the World Snooker Limited Board. Brandon Parker has also resigned from the WPBSA Board (these resignations become effective at the end of July). The WSL Board comprises:

Barry Hearn (chair)

Brandon Parker

Steve Dawson

Eddy Hearn

Nigel Oldfield

Miles Pearce

Jason Ferguson (WPBSA representative)

The WPBSA will now proceed with constitutional changes to update the existing articles to meet its new requirements as a regulatory body, responsible for matters including rules, drugs testing and billiards.