Andy Anson, a former commercial director at Manchester United, has taken over as chairman of Lancashire Cricket.
He replaces acting chairman Les Platts, who stepped into the position following the death of David Hodgkiss OBE in March, and will start with immediate effect. Platts will return to his previous position on the board as treasurer.
As well as his Old Trafford role, which he held between 2004 and 2007, he has also been CEO of the ATP World Tour in Europe, CEO of England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Bid and chief executive of sports retailer Kitbag. He is also CEO at the British Olympic Association, responsible for taking Team GB to the Olympic Games.
As non-executive chairman of Lancashire, he will work with the board and support support the chief executive, Daniel Gidney, and his executive team.
Lancashire-born Anson said: “Since my dad first took me to Old Trafford in the early 1970’s as a Junior Member, Lancashire Cricket Club has been an important part of my life and I am honoured to take on the role of Chairman.
“I look forward to working with the Board and our CEO Daniel Gidney to continue on the superb work done by David (Hodgkiss), and subsequently Les Platts, to help guide this great club through the challenges which have presented themselves throughout a tough 2020 and to a bright future.”
Sir Howard Bernstein, President of Lancashire Cricket, said Anson was “the outstanding candidate”.