Guy Lavender takes over as the sixteenth Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC on Sunday 1 October, replacing Derek Brewer who is standing down from the post after five and a half years in the role.
The MCC Committee appointed Lavender in April this year, and after leaving Somerset County Cricket Club as their Chief Executive, he has had a one month handover period during September with Brewer.
Speaking as he prepared to take office at Lord’s, Lavender said: “I’m incredibly proud of becoming the next Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC. On the eve of the England versus West Indies Test Match recently, I walked around the ground and you get an enormous sense of history.
"It is a great honour, an absolute privilege and I’ll be doing my very best to take MCC forward in this his critical role.
“Derek has been a tremendous Chief Executive for MCC and has made some superb progress in many areas, particularly in the building of a high quality executive team, extending MCC’s work within the community and also bringing to a successful conclusion the debate around ground development.
We need to be proud of our past, but focused on our future
“With that question now resolved, it is a perfect time for us to open a new chapter and concentrate on taking the Club forward in some very exciting areas. Put simply, we need to be proud of our past, but focused on our future.
The history of the club must be celebrated and protected; it is what makes us unique and special but we also need to develop and look to the future across all aspects of the Club to make sure that MCC maintains its relevance and position as the finest cricket club in the world.”
Lavender became Chief Executive of Somerset in 2011 and during his time at Taunton, he has helped establish them as one of the best run clubs in county cricket. Their consistently sold-out attendances for T20 cricket, as well as a thriving membership and successful ground redevelopment, culminated in Taunton hosting a T20 international between England and South Africa earlier this year.
Before he arrived at Somerset in 2011, 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.