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MCC outlines CEO Candidate Specification

The MCC Flag flying at Lord's
The MCC Flag flying at Lord's

MCC has outlined its candidate specification as the search begins for successor to Derek Brewer.

Following the decision of the incumbent Chief Executive & Secretary (“CEO”), Derek Brewer, to retire during the winter of 2017/18, MCC has started a search to appoint his successor.

The CEO is the most senior executive at the club and is appointed by the main MCC Committee.

Below is a summary of the role, along with the candidate specification.

Position Summary

Given the diverse activities of MCC and its important role in cricket, the CEO role is a challenging and multi-faceted one that requires a first class business general manager and team leader.

With cricket in a phase of dynamic change, the CEO must ensure that MCC retains its relevance within the sport on a global basis whilst also respecting the heritage and history of the club and acting in the best interests of the membership.

The role reports to the main MCC Committee, usually via the Club Chairman.

Major Responsibilities:

• Manage a large and complex property asset in Lord’s Cricket Ground, which is both a national asset and a significant international venue. This includes operational leadership of cricket match days, driving year round commercial activities and overseeing development activities.
• Run the private members club, being in touch with the views and sensitivities of the membership. Communicate effectively with members such that there is an effective two-way exchange of views between the executive and the membership.
• Manage a business with revenues of circa £45million per annum, with responsibility for strategy development and implementation, budgets, profitability and cash flow.
• Co-ordinate existing commercial activities and drive further revenue generation through the use of the Lord's and MCC brands worldwide. Manage a wide range of commercial partners.
• Build and lead a strong and co-ordinated senior management team capable of running the club effectively. Act as coach and mentor to the leadership team and build requisite capabilities at all levels of staff.
• Manage a wide range of external stakeholders, including the ECB, ICC, Middlesex CCC and Westminster City Council. Act as an ambassador to the club externally, including significant media work, and internally with committees and members.
• Develop a rolling strategy for MCC and ensure its delivery by the executive and the specialist committees.
• Understand developments, ideas and plans for world cricket and the implications of these for MCC and Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Candidate Specification: Key Selection Criteria


• A deep affinity with cricket and understanding of issues affecting the game
• Passionate about the long-term well-being of cricket
• Credible interacting with administrators and cricketers at the highest level


• Track record of successful business leadership as a Chief Executive or similar within a substantial, complex organisation.
• Strong operational capabilities; a multi-tasker, able to manage multiple projects in a professional manner with strong attention to detail.
• Financially literate; able to set and deliver robust budgets and build a long-term platform for financial sustainability.
• Excellent team leader and motivator with energy and enthusiasm. Open, positive and accessible style. Able to get the best out of people through pro-active performance management
• Able to set a strategic agenda, align a team behind it and then provide motivation and direction to deliver rigorous execution.
• A self-starter with confidence, resilience and stature, but also a strong team player who is willing to work as part of a team and to take guidance.


• High-level commercial experience in a dynamic, competitive sector, ideally with prior exposure to consumer, venue, service or sports businesses
• The ability to lead the commercial activities of the club, exercising sound commercial judgment and bringing innovative thinking
• This commercial acumen must be balanced with an empathy for the heritage of MCC and its key role in representing and promoting the best interests of cricket.

Stakeholder Management:

• Excellent general communication skills, written and verbal, comfortable with managing a diverse set of relationships on a global basis and working within a committee-led structure.
• The stature to maintain the image, prestige and integrity of MCC at all times and be comfortable as the public face of the club, including with the media.
• An authoritative and statesmanlike manner, with true gravitas, allied with the ability to flex on style to address different audiences. Politically adroit.

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