Clif­ford leav­ing Kent to take up MCC role

Kent cricket

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Kent Cricket chief ex­ec­u­tive Jamie Clif­ford is to leave af­ter 15 years at the club.

Mr Clif­ford, who was ap­pointed per­ma­nent CEO in 2010, is to take up a se­nior role at Maryle­bone Cricket Club.

Dur­ing his spell as Kent CEO, Clif­ford over­saw the £10m re­de­vel­op­ment of The Spit­fire Ground, St Lawrence, re­named in 2013 thanks to a part­ner­ship with Shep­herd Neame.

The club’s sec­ond home of The County Ground, Beck­en­ham, also now boasts a 2,000-seater stand, in­door school and func­tion cen­tre.

This has con­trib­uted to much im­proved fi­nan­cial per­for­mance.

Mr Clif­ford said: “It will be a great wrench to leave Kent Cricket.

“To have been chief ex­ec­u­tive of the club I have sup­ported all my life has been a huge priv­i­lege.

“I have rel­ished the chal­lenges that it has thrown up. Kent cricket will al­ways be in my blood and I look for­ward to re­turn­ing to the ranks of the club’s fine sup­port.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all the peo­ple who have made my time so en­joy­able and con­trib­uted to some spe­cial mo­ments. The sup­port­ers, mem­bers, staff, play­ers and com­mit­tee have all given so much, in their own ways, to mean I will only ever look back with happy mem­o­ries.

“With the many good peo­ple in­volved with the club, it will con­tinue to thrive.”

Mr Clif­ford has been ap­pointed as­sis­tant sec­re­tary (mem­ber­ship and op­er­a­tions) at the Maryle­bone Cricket Club.

He said: “I am thrilled to have been ap­pointed and look for­ward to the chal­lenges that lie ahead at what is an ex­cit­ing time for Lord’s Cricket Ground.”

Kent Cricket chair­man Si­mon Philip said: “All of the ma­jor ad­vance­ments at the club in re­cent years – the re­de­vel­op­ments at Can­ter­bury and Beck­en­ham, the merger of the club with the Kent Cricket Board and the fi­nan­cial turn­around – have Jamie’s hall­mark.”

Op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Ben Green will as­sume the chief ex­ec­u­tive’s du­ties in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

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