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Hodson takes over as MCC President

Phillip Hodson succeeds Christopher Martin-Jenkins and begins his one-year tenure as President of MCC on 1 October.

The Yorkshire businessman and former Cambridge University cricket blue takes office on the traditional day of committee changes at Lord’s.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins will resume his place as an elected member of the Committee following the end of his presidency.

Passionate about MCC
Hodson, who has been a Member of the Club since 1979, thanked the outgoing President: “I must first pay fulsome tribute to my predecessor," he said.

"Christopher was a great ambassador for the Club – his speeches were always amusing and erudite, and concealed a steely determination to ensure that MCC stayed on the right track.

"He will be sorely missed and a hard act to follow as President. I am delighted that he will resume his place on the Committee as an elected member."

Since joining MCC, Hodson has been extremely active, first as a playing Member and, since 1987, as a Member of several Committees. He has spent eleven years on the MCC Committee.

“I’m truly passionate about MCC, and it is a great honour to be President. I’m naturally very excited about the opportunity and cannot wait to get started," he added.

"It is an interesting period for the Club, which will provide a good challenge, and I am looking forward to meeting and working with all the wonderful people involved with MCC.”

Joining the new President on the MCC Committee, for a three-year period, will be Mark Williams (for his first term), Russell Cake (for his second term), Chinmay Gupte (for his second term) and Julian Vallance (who has served on the Committee in a variety of positions from 1983).

Stepping down from the Committee are John Barclay, Peter Carroll, Garri Jones and Peter Leaver.

In other changes, Mike Brearley relinquishes his role as a Trustee of the Club to become Chairman of MCC’s World Cricket committee, succeeding Tony Lewis, while Rachael Heyhoe-Flint and Derek Underwood become Trustees of the Club.

Sir Tim Rice is stepping down after six years in office.

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