Jamie Clifford, the current Kent County Cricket Club Chief Executive Officer, has been appointed as MCC Assistant Secretary (Membership & Operations).
The 41-year old will join the senior management team led by MCC Chief Executive & Secretary, Guy Lavender, and will take up his new post at Lord’s in February 2018.
Jamie will assume many of the responsibilities of the retiring Deputy Secretary Colin Maynard.
Guy Lavender, who oversaw the recruitment process, said:
“I am delighted to have appointed someone of such high calibre as Jamie Clifford to the senior management team. In a rigorous interview process, Jamie shone above a high-quality field and demonstrated that he is someone who will make a major contribution to the Club in the years ahead.
Jamie has done an excellent job at Kent and MCC is fortunate to have found someone with a strategic approach who is so clearly energetic and committed to success
“Jamie possesses a strong track record of operational and commercial delivery. He has significant leadership experience in the recreational game at County level and in the development of community engagement programmes. He has a very engaging style which will be appreciated by our staff and the Club’s Members, and he will be an excellent fit in the Secretariat team.
"Jamie has done an excellent job at Kent and MCC is fortunate to have found someone with a strategic approach who is so clearly energetic and committed to success. He joins us at an exciting time for the Club and the future of Lord’s and we look forward to welcoming him to the team. “
Jamie Clifford said:
"I am thrilled to have been appointed and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead at what is a very exciting time for MCC and Lord’s Cricket Ground. With the ground redevelopment direction now established and an unprecedented sequence of fixtures – including the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 – I cannot wait to get started.
I am thrilled to have been appointed and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead at what is a very exciting time for MCC and Lord’s Cricket Ground
“It will, of course, 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 and 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 at Kent so enjoyable and contributed to some very 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. I know too, that with the many good people involved with the club, it will continue to thrive.”
Jamie Clifford has been Chief Executive Officer of Kent County Cricket Club since November 2009. In that time, he has led the development and implementation of a strategy that has seen the reversal in the club’s commercial and financial fortunes. He drove the £10m Canterbury redevelopment project and secured £10m of investment in the club’s second ground in Beckenham. Under his leadership, Kent’s membership and match receipts have seen consistent growth, together with improving customer satisfaction scores.
Jamie spent seven years as the Director of Kent Cricket Board (2002-2009) prior to joining Kent CCC as Commercial Director. He went on to take the top job at the county and also served as Chairman of Kent Cricket Board from 2012-2014. Prior to these Kent roles, he was the Marketing Manager at Wisden Online Ltd, a role which was preceded by a Short Service Limited Commission in the Army.
As Assistant Secretary (Membership & Operations), Jamie Clifford will supervise the management of a number of departments and will act as Secretary to the Membership and General Purposes committee and the Nominations Group. He will organise all General Meetings, together with producing the Annual Report & Accounts and will review the Rules, Regulations, policies and procedures of MCC. He will liaise with ECB and ICC match managers concerning the administrative and operational arrangements of major matches at Lord’s, together with being responsible for working with Middlesex CCC for county match days.
The interview panel comprised of Guy Lavender, Robert Leigh (Trustee) and Sir Ian Magee (Chairman of the Membership and General Purposes Committee).