Former referee Alan Chamberlain, who retired from the circuit earlier this year, has been co-opted to the WPBSA board.
"Over many years, Alan has worked at the highest level of impartiality. He will play an important role on the board in our function as owner and governer of the rules and regulations of the sport," said Jason Ferguson, the WPBSA chairman.
It makes sense to have someone with a thorough knowledge of the rules sitting on the board as they can take feedback from players and officials regarding any that may need to be tweaked or clarified.
Also invited to join the board is Zhang Xiaoning of the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association.
Sindhu Pulsirivong, the long time president of the Billiards Sports Association of Thailand and the man responsible for the many events staged there over the years, has been made WPBSA president.
These two latter appointments foreshadow a greater move into Asia, with more tournaments likely in both China and Thailand.
"Snooker is already very popular in Thailand but there is still great potential for growth. We are of course a global governing body and it is our belief that we need to open our doors further to the growth of snooker in the whole of Asia," Ferguson said.