Lancashire Cricket have announced the appointment of Andy Anson as the Club’s new chairman.
Following the passing of David Hodgkiss OBE in March, the role has been occupied on a temporary basis by Les Platts, who will now step down for the Lancashire-born Anson.
Anson’s job will be to work in conjunction with the Board, and aid the Chief Executive Daniel Gidney and his executive team in pushing Lancashire to success, whilst Platts will return to his role as Treasurer on the Board.
Anson has a vast amount of experience working at the top level across a number of sports, as Chief Executive Officer at the British Olympics Association, former CEO of the ATP World Tour in Europe and England’s 2018 World Cup Bid, and as a Commercial Director at Manchester United.
Following his arrival, Anson said: “Since my dad first took me to Old Trafford in the early 1970’s as a Junior Member, Lancashire Cricket Club has been an important part of my life and I am honoured to take on the role of Chairman.
“I do however regret that this opportunity has come about following the sad passing of David Hodgkiss OBE earlier this year and would like to add my condolences to David’s family and those who knew him well. He did a fantastic job as Chairman of the Club and I want to continue David’s legacy in our pursuit of ensuring Lancashire is the best cricket club in the world, both on and off the field.
“I look forward to working with the Board and our CEO Daniel Gidney to continue on the superb work done by David, and subsequently Les Platts, to help guide this great Club through the challenges which have presented themselves throughout a tough 2020 and to a bright future.”
Sir Howard Bernstein, President of Lancashire Cricket commented: “I am delighted to be able to announce Andy Anson as the Club’s new Chairman.
“Andy was the outstanding candidate and has an impressive background of working in major sport, but it is his expertise in leadership that makes him ideally suited for this important position at the Club.
“At a vital moment in our history, Andy’s knowledge and skills are going to be crucial to help guide us through this very difficult period.
“I would also like to place on record my sincere gratitude to Les Platts, for taking on the role as Acting Chairman at such short notice and working tirelessly since April to navigate the Club through a most challenging and unexpected year. We are deeply grateful for all that Les has done for us and recognise how fortunate we are that he will now revert to his role as Treasurer.”
Ian Watmore, England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman added: “Having known Andy for a number of years and followed his career with interest, I believe his knowledge and experience are well suited to Lancashire and that under his tenure as Chair he will help the Club to further grow and develop, both on and off the field.”