Five new directors are elected

January 18, 2024

FIVE new directors have been elected to the Board of Suffolk Cricket Ltd.

They were all elected at the annual meeting of Suffolk Cricket Ltd, held at Copdock & Old Ipswichian CC, and increase the number of elected directors of SCL to 11.

The five directors all have areas of expertise – Chelsea Kirk (Equity, Diversity & Inclusion), Melissa Wildish (Safeguarding), Richard Baldwin (Strategy), David Mann (club & County cricket) and Cora McCallum (strategy/governance).

Rob Jones, who is Operations Manager of SCL, was also re-elected as a director at Tuesday’s meeting.

SCL Chair Nick Shrubshall told the meeting: “There were 25 actual applications for the director vacancies from around 200 expressions of interest and from all over the country.

“Counties like Suffolk have been placed under huge pressure by the ECB to ensure that we comply with EDI and Safeguarding standards, but we now have directors with diverse backgrounds who all have a real passion for cricket.”

He said that women’s and girls’ cricket in the county was in a ‘very strong position’ and there was a clear pathway for young players to the county sides.

Rob Jones thanked the team at Suffolk Cricket as well as the Board, clubs and leagues and said the amount of time volunteers in the country give up should not be under-estimated.

He added that the county’s finances were in a ‘reasonable position’ although the county is waiting to hear what funding it will receive from next January for the next four years through the new County Partnership Agreement with ECB.

He said that a lot of work will be undertaken in state schools in the coming year, especially in the Ipswich area.

Colin Walters, the county’s commercial manager, said he is keen to hear of any businesses that may be interested in sponsoring Suffolk following the appointment of administrators by Magnus Group, who were the county’s main sponsor.


Safeguarding report

SCL AGM meeting notes

Final accounts for members

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