Anthony Wreford will be the next President of MCC.
The businessman and cricket administrator will take up the post on 1st October 2018 and will serve for a period of one year. His nomination was announced by the current President, Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth, at the MCC Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.
Wreford became a Member of the Club in 1971. As well as MCC, he played for Esher and Charterhouse Friars – holding bowling records for both teams – and finished his league playing career at Wimbledon. He managed MCC’s Tour to Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi in 1998.
His extensive experience of the Club’s Committee Room began in 1993, when he joined the General Purposes sub-committee. In 1997, he was elected for a three-year term on the Main Committee, on which he continued to serve in his capacity as Chairman of the Marketing sub-committee for a further eight years. After his MCC Committee service, he was appointed as a Trustee for two three-year terms.
With the then President, Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie, Anthony led the Committee’s drive for women to become eligible for MCC membership, which was successfully achieved in 1998, and his nomination for the Presidency comes in the same year as the election of the first female Members to have reached the top of the Club’s lengthy waiting list.
He was Chairman of the Professional Cricketers’ Association from 2009-14 and remains an advisor to golf’s European Tour.
After setting up his own communications agency, McAvoy Wreford, he worked for the American marketing and communications group Omnicom for over two decades in various roles, including as a divisional CEO and latterly as Deputy Chairman of Omnicom Europe. He has also served on a number of advisory boards, including British Airways. His current diverse business portfolio includes roles in private equity, asset management and market research.
MCC President, Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth said: “MCC is both a cricket club and a multi-million turnover business, so it was important to me that my successor has a strong background in both worlds. Anthony brings with him considerable commercial experience at the highest level and his cricketing background, through nearly 30 years as a club cricketer and his chairmanship of the PCA, make him well-equipped to command respect in cricketing circles.”
Anthony Wreford said: “I was a typical cricket-mad schoolboy, so was thrilled when the time came to take to the field as a Member of MCC. Since then, the Club and Lord’s have provided some of my happiest moments and brought lifelong friendships.
I have been given a huge privilege and will do my very best to serve the membership, the Club and cricket
“The ultimate invitation is to be asked to become President of the Club and to follow friends, heroes and legends. I am so grateful to Ian MacLaurin for inviting me to take up this position and look forward to working with Guy Lavender and his team.
“In a year that includes both a World Cup and an Ashes series, I have been given a huge privilege and will do my very best to serve the membership, the Club and cricket.”