HOWARD Wells yesterday started the first working week of his final 12 months as head of the Hong Kong Sports Development Board - and is preparing to make way for his local successor. Wells, the SDB's chief executive who has held the top post since the body's inception in 1989, said he is 'relaxed' about stepping down in a year's time. He said that it was SDB policy that a local should take over the reins in 1996 and he has never harboured intentions of continuing the job past his current contract. 'I'm extremely relaxed about the future,' said Wells, formerly chief executive of the Jubilee Sports Centre, now called the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Being a quasi-governmental body, the SDB is not obligated to localise its senior positions towards 1997. But Wells said he supported the localisation policy, although he hopes the Government continues to seek overseas expertise. 'I think it is important to try and continue to utilise international expertise where appropriate or the continuity is lost,' he said. 'Particularly in the area of technical skills which are not presently available in Hong Kong.' One of Wells' final tasks in the job will be to provide Hong Kong sport with its second blueprint for the future - the Strategic Plan. However, he hopes the Plan will be seen as an SDB paper and not personalised towards himself. 'My concern is that the Plan must not be seen as my document but as an SDB document,' Wells said. 'It's no good people saying a year down the line 'Wells is gone now so we can change it'. There must be a firm commitment to the full Plan.' Wells also said that the SDB must start working on ways to convince the Government to inject more money into the development of sport in Hong Kong. This year, the Government has given the SDB more than $70 million and the sum is increased each year in line with inflation. 'Although there are a number of programmes which are on-going, we should present some cogent arguments for an increase in resource allocation to develop new initiatives,' he said. 'I think it will take until the 1997 or 1998 financial year before the Government will make any significant increases in funding the SDB.' Wells is also hoping that the SDB maintains strong relations with the Institute, which was integrated into the SDB in April last year.