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Michael Cairns OBE to retire as Lancashire Chairman

Michael Cairns OBE to retire as Lancashire Chairman

Michael Cairns OBE to retire as Lancashire Chairman

Michael Cairns OBE Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club will retire at the Annual General Meeting which will be held at Emirates Old Trafford on 24th April 2017.

Cairns has been a member of the Committee since 2000 before being appointed Chairman in 2008. During the past ten years the Club has raised and invested £60m in a total regeneration of its membership, playing and commercial facilities. The 150 room Hilton Garden Inn which is scheduled to open in July this year will signify the completion of the vision for the stadium redevelopment which was conceived some ten years ago.

The primary objective at that time was to regain Test Match accreditation and, upon completion, position Lancashire County Cricket Club alongside the foremost cricket stadia in the United Kingdom and throughout the cricketing world. This was achieved through the spectacular occasion of England taking on Australia for the Ashes in August 2013, followed by visits from India, Pakistan and New Zealand, with South Africa and the West Indies to come this year. In 2019, Emirates Old Trafford will host five Cricket World Cup fixtures, including a semi-final, and also welcome back the Australians for the Ashes, in what promises to be a memorable year for cricket.  

During his tenure as Chairman he has overseen the transformation of the Club from the distressing loss of Test Match certification to the superb cricket, hospitality, conference, concert and hotel facilities that the Club offers today. He has been massively supported by all of his fellow Board members together with collaborating relationships with leaders from within the business, local government and sporting communities throughout Trafford, Manchester and the North West.

Club President Sir Howard Bernstein praised the energy, sheer determination and commercial acumen of the retiring Chairman:

“Under Michael’s leadership the Club has had to overcome a number of huge challenges, particularly throughout the regeneration period, which has resulted in the major transformation that we see today. Michael’s legacy will be the regaining of the Club’s status as a leading force in sport and business both domestically and internationally compounded with the platform that has been created to ensure a solid and sustainable future. The club now resides alongside the best and is in a far better shape than it has been for a very long time.

“We have also achieved success on the pitch with the winning of the County Championship in 2011 for the first time in 77 years, Division II of the County Championship in 2013 and the NatWest T20 Blast in 2015. The Club owes Michael a huge amount for his leadership, passion and unwavering commitment. I know we can look forward to retaining his forthright council in the future.”

Michael Cairns added:

“The completion of this regeneration programme has been very much a team effort. I owe so many people my gratitude for their support over the past ten years, it is impossible to mention them all here. However, it would be negligent of me if I were to miss the opportunity to recognise four members of our team – David Hodgkiss, our current Vice Chairman, Jim Cumbes, our immediate past Chief Executive, and Lee Morgan, our Finance Director, have all made an enormous contribution while working tirelessly alongside me from day one. Geoffrey Shindler has also provided his expertise throughout the prolonged and expensive legal battle with Albert Gubay and to the changes to our constitution which enabled us to form the excellent Board that we have today.

“I am enormously proud of our Board; their experience and intellect is widely recognised. Our Members have been astonishingly patient and no doubt often frustrated but always supportive for which I owe them my sincere thanks. We have the most dedicated and loyal employees throughout our Club who remain steadfast in their commitment to the well-being and reputation of the Club – I have the highest regard for all of them, particularly the Chief Executive and our excellent Executive Team who are well placed to take the Club forward to the next level.

“The future looks very positive for Lancashire County Cricket Club. For me it has been an enormous privilege to have been involved”. 

A new Chairman will be appointed immediately after the AGM.

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