Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth is set to assume office as the new President of MCC.
The widely respected businessman and cricket administrator, and former minor counties player, was nominated by outgoing President Matthew Fleming, and announced at the MCC Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 3 May 2017. MacLaurin will hold office from 1st October 2017 until 30th September 2018.
There have also been changes to the MCC Committee. Robert Leigh steps down as Treasurer to become a Trustee, Tony Elgood becomes Treasurer (and Chairman of Finance) and Mike Gatting becomes Chairman of the World Cricket committee, all on three-year terms.
Isabelle Duncan, Peter Leaver, Jonathan Orders, Nick Pocock have all been elected to the Committee for a three-year term.
Peter Carroll fills a twelve-month casual vacancy created by the appointment of Mike Gatting as Chairman of the World Cricket committee.
Lord MacLaurin has enjoyed a long association with both MCC and Lord’s Cricket Ground. He was elected as a Playing Member of the Club in 1965, before going on to serve on the Club’s Main committee, as well as the Estates and Marketing committees.
He was appointed Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board in 1997, a position he held until 2002, when he stood down and was succeeded by David Morgan.
MacLaurin’s career at Tesco began in 1959 as a management trainee and he rose through the ranks to become a hugely successful Chief Executive and Chairman. He subsequently became Chairman of Vodafone and has held numerous commercial and educational posts since, including Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire. Knighted in 1989, he became Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth in 1996.
As a Playing Member of MCC, he represented the Club in many fixtures against schools, clubs and representative sides, including matches against Ireland and Holland.