MCC have announced that Guy Lavender is to be the next Chief Executive & Secretary of the Club. He will become the sixteenth person to hold the post.
The MCC Committee met yesterday evening and unanimously ratified Lavender’s appointment, which had been recommended by the Nominations Committee tasked with finding Derek Brewer’s successor. The group was led by MCC Chairman, Gerald Corbett.
Lavender became Chief Executive of Somerset CCC in 2011.
In his time at Taunton, he has overseen numerous ground improvements and helped to establish Somerset as one of the best run clubs in county cricket, with buoyant membership, very strong finances, sold-out T20 fixtures and the awarding of international cricket matches to the ground.
In addition, he represents the non-test match grounds on the ECB’s Executive Board.
Prior to joining Somerset, he led a £42m project which built the largest test centre for wave energy systems in the world, and spent 18 years in the British Army, leaving in 2006 aged 39 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
MCC Chairman, Corbett, said: "We are delighted to appoint Guy Lavender as the next Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC. In a competitive field, Guy was the outstanding candidate.
"He has impeccable leadership credentials, which you would expect of someone who was one of the youngest Lieutenant Colonels in the British Army.
"He has a proven track record of project and strategic management and excellent commercial skills and experience. A highly effective communicator, together with an obvious love and knowledge of the game, he is the right person to lead MCC in the years to come.
In a competitive field, Guy was the outstanding candidate
“It was essential for MCC to find a candidate who could take on the mantle for driving both the Club and Lord’s Cricket Ground forward, in the knowledge that, in Derek Brewer, MCC has been fortunate to have such a skilled and respected administrator in post.
"This is one of the biggest jobs in the cricketing world, and in appointing Guy, we can be confident that MCC will continue to play an important part in the development of the global game."
MCC President, Matthew Fleming, added: "To follow Derek Brewer will be no easy feat, but in selecting Guy Lavender as the next Chief Executive, MCC has appointed someone with the right blend of cricketing and commercial skills and experience required to succeed in the role.
"Guy has an immensely high standing in the game, and his success in helping to make Somerset a force on and off the field is clear for all to see.
"It is an important time for MCC, for Lord’s Cricket Ground and the domestic and international game itself. With all that lies ahead of us, it is comforting to know there will be a smooth transition from one respected leader to another later in the year."
Commenting on his appointment, Lavender said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as the next Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC. It is an enormous honour and I am very much looking forward to playing my part in leading the Club forward.
"I have worked closely with Derek Brewer for several years and would like to pay tribute to his outstanding contribution. I know that I will inherit a Club with a very strong team and clear long term objectives.
This is one of the biggest jobs in the cricketing world
"This is a pivotal time for MCC with a range of new opportunities and I very much looking forward to taking over in October.
"I have relished my time at Somerset and would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Chairman, Committee, players, staff and members for their fantastic support over the last six years."
Andy Nash, Chairman of Somerset County Cricket Club, said: "Guy has been a huge success as our CEO and leaves the club a rich legacy of ODI and IT20 status, vastly improved facilities, a strong united culture and a business model which has become an acknowledged financial powerhouse and exemplar in the game.
"At a personal level he's been a loyal and supportive colleague and friend. While we shall be extremely sorry to see him go there's nothing greater we can do for our people than see them develop and progress into bigger roles.
"The Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC is one of the most prestigious and influential roles in global cricket and it is a considerable honour for Somerset County Cricket Club to see its CEO assume this position.
"On behalf of everyone at Somerset I extend my immense gratitude for all that Guy has done for us and extend to him our warmest wishes for his success in his new role".
It is intended that Lavender will join MCC on 1 September for a month’s handover with Derek Brewer, and will become Chief Executive & Secretary on 1 October. Brewer will then leave office but be available to assist MCC until the end of 2017.