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THE Gloucestershire Cricket Board is delighted to announce the recruitment of six new non-executive directors who will play key roles in the development of the recreational game in the county.

The GCB intends in 2021 to become a charity – the Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation – as part of a five-year strategy, titled Inspiring Gloucestershire, to deliver an even wider range of programmes and reach new audiences.

And these new non-executive directors will in time become trustees of the new foundation which will continue to develop the next generation of cricketers and make a positive impact on the health and well-being of children and adults across the county.

The six were selected after an advertising campaign and thorough interview process, and were voted into their roles at the GCB’s annual general meeting last week.

Chief Executive Steve Silk said: “We’re absolutely delighted to make this announcement.

“Our nominations committee put in a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes, whittling down a high number of applicants to meeting 14 wonderful people and then identifying six non-executive directors who bring to the table a wide range of different skills and experiences that will help us in both the short- and mid-term.

“It’s a very exciting time for the GCB, and the expertise and guidance of these six people will provide invaluable expertise and guidance as we move forward and meet the ambition of our five-year strategy.”

Andy Shield, who was voted in as chairman after serving in an interim capacity for almost a year, added: “We have always been lucky to have excellent non-executive directors, and these new appointments will ensure that an already high-performing board will now be able to push forward on all fronts.”

Pete Boorman was re-elected as vice chairman with Phil Carter continuing as finance director.

Our new non-executive directors are:

Sybil Ruscoe is probably best known as the first woman to present cricket on British terrestrial TV with the BAFTA and RTS award-winning C4 Cricket and C4 Cricket Roadshow. A launch presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live, she was also co-presenter on Radio 1’s Simon Mayo Breakfast Show, presented the legendary Top of the Pops and more recently presented Farming Today on BBC Radio 4. Sybil, who has lived in Stow-on-the-Wold since 2005, remains passionate about cricket and also loves golf, horse racing, her allotment, singing and the countryside.

Justin Hopwood is Chief Commercial Officer for the Mike Burton Group, one of the world’s leading commercial ticketing businesses in the sports sector. His responsibilities focus on the company’s joint venture businesses with the British & Irish Lions and the RFU. Justin was Sales and Marketing Director at Lancashire Cricket Club and Emirates Old Trafford for four years until the end of 2019, as well as a director of the Lancashire Cricket Foundation. Away from work, Justin is a Bristol City season ticket holder and is also on the committee of Severnside Tritons Swimming Club which is based in Thornbury and Stroud.

Razi Ahmed’s career has primarily been in financial services and management consultancy, driving change to improve individuals, teams, organisations as well as communities. He currently works at Lloyds Banking Group leading a strategic initiative to transform the way they work and where he is recognised as an inspirational BAME role model. Razi performs multiple voluntary roles at Golden Hill Cricket Club, most notably being their Director of Youth Cricket and an active member of the Cricket Development Committee, Child Welfare, Youth Coach as well as Age Group Manager. He also plays for Gloucestershire Over 50s.

Nigel Hill is a lifelong cricket fan, having grown up in earshot of the passionate West Indian fans on the terraces at the Oval as Michael Holding and his colleagues wreaked havoc on England’s batting.  He has been a cricket watcher, umpire and now scorer, and was last at the County Ground as part of the Accreditation Team for the World Cup in 2019. Nigel is Secretary of Wiltshire Seniors while professionally he is a governance and trusteeship specialist and wants to help the GCB achieve the Gold Governance Standard as soon as possible.

Andy Parsons has, since December 2019, been the Chief Executive of the Cotswolds National Landscape (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), which is a statutory not-for-profit public body. Previous to that Andy was Chief Executive of South West Lakes Trust, a regional charity with a focus on recreation, environment and education. He has experience of liaising with national governing bodies for sport, including the Royal Yachting Association and British Canoeing, while he is also the Youth Co-ordinator at Chipping Campden Cricket Club, growing the junior membership to more than 100 young people from the ages of 5-15 within two years.

Mark Lambert’s cricket experience centred on Long Ashton where he played for over 20 years.  He became a qualified Level 2 coach in 2003 and ran the youth section for many years.  He was presented with the services to youth cricket award by the Bristol Youth Cricket League in 2012.  Mark and his family moved to Cirencester in 2015 where he began running the under 7s, helped with the All Stars and now assists with under 13 coaching and scoring. Professionally Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant and moved into the Financial Services sector, comprising accounting, operational and governance roles at Nationwide, Legal & General and latterly St. James’s Place.

Pictured, top row, left to right: Sybil Ruscoe, Justin Hopwood and Razi Ahmed. Below: Nigel Hill, Andy Parsons and Mark Lambert.


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