England and Wales Cricket Board has announced the appointment of Ian Lovett as its new President. The nomination has been notified by the 41 ECB members.
Meanwhile, Andrew Stauss has stepped down as a director of the ECB.
The former Middlesex Chairman and ECB Deputy Chairman Ian Lovett will take the charge with immediate effect. He will act as an ambassador for ECB and the wider game, promoting the organisation’s strategic aims to make cricket a sport for everyone.
Lovett was elected via a thorough process in which potential candidates were put forward to the Nominations Committee by the 41 stakeholders of the ECB. The committee then made a recommendation to the Board ahead of the members vote. The President role is a non-executive position with a maximum term of three years.
Announcing the appointment, ECB Chairman Colin Graves said: “Ian is a fantastic choice and we welcome him in to the role of President. He has a long-held love of the game and a deep knowledge of the value it brings to people, through being a player and volunteer at his local club and high-profile roles he has held at both Middlesex and ECB. Ian has also been a driving force in the governance changes that lead to greater diversity and better decision-making in the governing body.”
Speaking about his appointment, Ian Lovett said: “I am hugely excited to be taking on this new role. I am passionate about our aims to grow the game and to do that we need to work collaboratively with everyone involved in the sport at all levels, particularly the army of volunteers upon whom we are so reliant. I will do all that I can to help with that.”
Ian Lovett served on the ECB board from 2009-2018 and was Deputy-Chairman of the ECB for three years before stepping down in May this year. During this time he oversaw the process of governance reform, resulting in unanimous approval for wide-ranging changes to ECB’s Articles of Association last December, including the composition of a fully independent Board of Directors. Prior to that he served as Middlesex CCC Chairman between 2007-2016.
Ian Lovett comes from a banking and finance background where he had held a variety of senior roles.
Andrew Strauss has meanwhile stepped down from his position as Director of England Cricket after three and a half years in the role. Having spent time away from day-to-day duties this summer he will now take a more flexible role with the ECB, initially supporting Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison in the process of recruiting a full-time successor.
Andy Flower, who has covered the role for the last four months, will continue in his interim capacity until December with the intention of joining the Lions in India in January. A full-time appointment will be made before England’s West Indies tour in the New Year.
Explaining the decision, Andrew Strauss said: “After three and a half incredible years with the ECB, I have taken the difficult decision to step down from my role as Director of England Cricket. Next year is potentially the most important the game has had in this country, with the World Cup on home soil and a home Ashes series, and we have an incredible opportunity to do something special. It is vital that the Director of Cricket can give consistent guidance and support to England Cricket through this period.”