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Northamptonshire County Cricket Club outlines chairman succession plan

GARY Hoffman, who joined the board of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club earlier this year, is to take over as chair from October when Gavin Warren steps down.

He has been confirmed as chair-elect until the end of September.

Gavin is the longest-serving county club chair in England & Wales cricket but is stepping down under designated governance term lengths under the club’s constitution. He has been involved with the club for more than two decades and chair since 2014.

His successor has experience aplenty in financial services, sport, media and the charitable and community sector.  “It is a county with a proud tradition and recent successes,” Gary (pictured above) said. “There are lots of moving parts in cricket – on and off the field – and there are important decisions to be made on behalf of Northants and its supporters.

“Gavin will be a difficult act to follow but I will do my best to build on what he and the board have achieved.”

Gavin and his fellow directors have transformed Northamptonshire CCC over the past decade. They have changed the club’s ownership, removed its entire debt, improved facilities at the County Ground and have had their say on ECB policies.

He also served on the EBC’s 100 Board for four years, helping to build the 100-ball game that has drawn a whole new audience, and on ECB committees. He is the current chair of the representative board on behalf of the 19 first class cricket county chairs.

“I have been privileged to serve Northamptonshire CCC for over 20 years and to be chair for 11 seasons,” Gavin said. “I am eternally grateful to the members, shareholders, directors, staff, players, coaches and especially my family for their unconditional support.

“The early days were very tough but I am proud of the progress we have made together and I am confident that Gary and the new board of directors will build on the solid platform that we have created to make Northamptonshire CCC even stronger and competitive.”

Gary Hoffman is a former chairman of English football’s Premier League between 2020 and 2022 and has been on the board at Coventry City FC.

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