Cricket club chief to leave after 12 years at helm

February 01 2013

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club will be bidding farewell to the chief executive who has overseen the start of the £10 million development that will transform the County Ground.

Cricket club chief to leave after 12 years at helm

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club will be bidding farewell to the chief executive who has overseen the start of the £10 million development that will transform the County Ground.

Tom Richardson will be leaving the club at the beginning of September after 12 years in the post, saying there is plenty to do between now and then to prepare for the new season and the opening of the ground’s new pavilion.

Mr Richardson said:  “It is a logical break point as we aim to have completed the development of the pavilion and media centre at the end of July. I have hugely enjoyed my time at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and feel privileged to have been involved for so long. 

“Clearly getting started on the development has been a major lift for the club and I am really pleased to have played a full part in that.  There is a real buzz about the place at the moment and whilst in some ways it will be sad not to be involved next year it is time for me to move on. 

“However, all that said, there is a lot to achieve in order to be ready for both the season and the opening of the pavilion and I am really looking forward to doing all of that.” 

Rex Body, chairman of GCCC, said he was sad to see Mr Richardson leave but pleased he would remain associated with the club by taking in a role in Youth Trust activities.

He said: “We are very sorry to see Tom go and greatly appreciate everything he has done for us during his time with the club. We do, however, fully understand his reasons for going at this time.

“Tom’s value to GCCC cannot be overestimated, particularly the work he has done on our ground development programme, in at times extremely difficult circumstances.”

Work began in October at the Nevil Road site to create a new pavilion, media centre and members’ facilities. The development will also see the creation of 147 apartments.