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David Hodgkiss appointed Chairman of Lancashire CCC

David Hodgkiss appointed Chairman of Lancashire CCC

Lancashire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the appointment of David Hodgkiss OBE as the new Chairman with effect from Tuesday 25 April. He succeeds Michael Cairns OBE, who announced his decision to retire after nine years as Chairman at the AGM on Monday 24 April.

David Hodgkiss joined the Lancashire County Cricket Club committee in 1998 and has been an integral part of the Board as a non-executive director for the last two decades, including Honorary Treasurer between 2003 and 2013, and Vice Chairman since 2013.

David is Chief Executive of William Hare Group, which was established in 1945 and is now the leading independent steel fabrication company in the UK, with an annual turnover in excess of £190 million. 

He has been involved and played an integral part in the entire development at Emirates Old Trafford, playing a key role in recent major milestones and achievements at the Club, including the construction and opening of The Point, the LCCC Cricket Bond that raised £3.4 million, the £9 million of additional public sector funding that was raised to underpin the financing of the new hotel under a prestigious franchise with Hilton, the design of the new hotel and the appointment of the main contractor, and the awarding of the major matches at the venue through to 2019.

Commenting on his appointment as Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club, Hodgkiss said: “I am honored to be appointed Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club. It is a sporting institution that is at the heart of the cricket landscape, as well as the North West region, and it is renowned around the world for its history, legacy and achievements both on and off the pitch.”

Hodgkiss, who has been part of the Board at the Club for almost 20 years, added: “I am proud to follow Michael Cairns OBE as Chairman. Michael has played an integral role in getting us to where we are today, and I have admired the strength and character, and shared goals that are in place across the Board in recent years.

“The last 10 years have seen immense change at the Club which has formed the foundations in making Lancashire a self-sustainable organisation that has cricket at the heart of what we do and all of our decisions, yet at the same time, we are able to continually develop and grow the commercial side of the business.

“There are some immensely exciting challenges ahead over the next few years. We have ambitious targets from a cricketing perspective, with the Club looking to achieve success on the pitch in all formats of the game. This is coupled with ensuring that the venue continues to develop from a business perspective as we reach the conclusion of the investment and development stage, as well as ensuring that Lancashire County Cricket Club continues to be at the top table of English cricket and play an important role in the future of the game.

“It is an absolute honour to become Chairman of this great Club, and I look forward to continuing to deliver on the strategy across all parts of the Club in the coming years.”

Sir Howard Bernstein, President of Lancashire County Cricket Club, and recently retired Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, commented: “David has achieved so much, both as part of Lancashire County Cricket Club and William Hare Group, and is the right person to take on the role of Chairman of this great Club. 

“He has a deep understanding of the Club’s operations through his role as a non-executive (and Treasurer) and recent position as Vice-Chairman, and a strong empathy with our culture and commitment to serving our members, players, supporters, partners and growing the off-the-field business. We are all delighted that he will be the Chairman over the coming years.”

As well as his role on the Board, Hodgkiss is also a member of the Remuneration Committee, the Audit and Risk Committee, he chaired the Hotel Investment Committee, and currently sits on both the Hotel Mobilisation Board and the Hotel Construction Board, as well as being a director of the LCCC Foundation.

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