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Lancashire Cricket Club: Board Member update

Lancashire Cricket Club: Board Member update

Rachel Downey joins the Board while long-serving member Geoffrey Shindler steps down after 14 years

Lancashire Cricket Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Rachel Downey onto its Board of Directors, whilst confirming that long-serving Board member, Geoffrey Shindler, is stepping down after 14 years of outstanding service.

An experienced Chartered Accountant, Rachel has worked in urban regeneration across Manchester and the North West for 30 years with many of her projects having sport, and its power to transform communities and places, at their heart.

Since 2014, Rachel has worked at Manchester Life as Managing Director, and over the past six years she has played an instrumental role in the transformation of Ancoats, creating over 1,250 new homes and bringing a range of local independent businesses to the area.

Prior to that, Rachel had worked on the 2002 Commonwealth Games and on post-Olympic planning for London’s new venues. She also led the purchase and remediation of the 80 acres of land required to create the world-class City Football Academy and community facilities in East Manchester. Rachel is also a Non Executive Director of The Berkeley Group Holdings plc. Rachel will support Lancashire Cricket’s off-field development and growth as the Club utilises her legal and financial background.

The Club can also confirm that Lancashire Cricket Club stalwart, and long serving Board member, Geoffrey Shindler is stepping down from his role after 14 years of service.

Geoffrey joined the old Committee in 2006, before subsequently retaining his position on the newly formed Board in 2013 and made several invaluable contributions in securing the future of Lancashire Cricket.

As well as offering the Club strong ongoing legal support throughout his tenure, Geoffrey worked tirelessly in re-writing the Club Rules in 2012, leading to the creation of the new Board structure and Nominations Committee, while also serving as Original Chairman of the new Nominations Committee and a long standing member of the Remuneration Committee. 

Les Platts, Acting Chairman of Lancashire Cricket Club, said: “Firstly, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Rachel onto the Club’s Board. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained from leading roles at the very highest level in Manchester.

“Her skills and experience will be crucial in working alongside our existing Board Members, as we continue to guide the Club through these both uncertain and unprecedented times.

“Secondly, on behalf of the entirety of Lancashire Cricket Club, I would like to place on record my heartfelt gratitude to the unwavering service which Geoffrey has given the Club for the last 14 years.

“Geoffrey has worked tirelessly during his time on the Board to help to navigate the Club through difficult times and shape the Club into what it has become today.

“I know that Geoffrey holds Lancashire Cricket Club close to his heart and we look forward to welcoming him back to Emirates Old Trafford as a supporter in the near future.”

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