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New structure and directors for Derbyshire Cricket Board (DCB)

The Derbyshire Cricket Board has reacted to changes in the landscape of cricket in the County, and nationally, following a root and branch review of the recreational game.

Five new Directors have been appointed – and a new structure announced - by the Derbyshire Cricket Board, which is responsible for the recreational game throughout the county as well as the development of age group cricketers.

The changes have been inspired by the recently announced Elite Cricket Department that will see the need for increased alignment and partnership between Derbyshire County Cricket Club and DCB; as well as the shift to developing, in conjunction with the cricket network, locally led products and services as encouraged by the England & Wales Cricket Board and Sport England to sustain and increase cricket participation.

The new structure, which has undergone a series of consultations with representatives of member organisations, establishes four pillars of delivery; Senior Cricket, Junior Cricket, Elite Cricket Department and Commercial, with a newly appointed Director being accountable for the delivery of each pillar.

Chairman – Dave Bull
Bull has served on the Board of Directors of the DCB for the last three years. He is a Charted Engineer working in the Rail Industry for over 35 years where he has gained a wealth of commercial experience. His new role as Chairman will be to lead the Board’s Directors and to set its agenda and strategy to meet the needs of the recreational game.

Senior Cricket – Dave Jepson
Jepson has been involved in cricket in Derbyshire in many capacities over the last 38 years. His experience includes numerous club roles, being a member of the Derbyshire County Cricket League Executive Committee and involvement in Disability cricket. His role will be to provide strategic direction for the development of senior cricket in the county.

Junior Cricket – Chris Hartley
Hartley brings invaluable experience from previous roles in Education and a longstanding involvement in junior cricket in a number of areas. His main role will be to provide strategic direction for the development of the Junior game throughout the County supporting parts of the Player Pathway (junior club cricket, girls and women’s cricket), Coaches Association, Sport in Education and Junior Leagues to ensure more young players have an opportunity to play and progress in cricket.

Elite Player Pathway – Rob Kay
Kay is an ECB Level 3 Coach and tutor / trainer /assessor and has a wealth of experience working with the DCB. As the Director responsible for the Elite Cricket Department, he will draw on experience from a number of previous roles. Those include Head of Sport at Chesterfield College before being promoted to Head of Clowne Campus. During his teaching career he delivered lessons at all levels, from Level 1 sport and recreation, through to Level 5 degree work. Currently sitting on the Derbyshire Sport Talent Pathways Group provides a great opportunity for interaction with Derbyshire Sport and with other sports. His roles have included looking after the Chesterfield Football Club apprentices and acting as their Education Officer as part of their AASE apprenticeship.

Commercial & Finance – Mark Payne
Payne comes to the DCB from a Commercial / Finance background. A former Financial Director in industry for a number of years, he will support the modernisation of DCB accounting and finance processes ensuring financial opportunities are maximised in all areas of the recreational game.

Chairman Dave Bull commented: “I would like to thank all retiring Directors for their services over last three years, particularly Jon Salisbury as retiring Chairman.

“The outlook for cricket in Derbyshire is very exciting. The new Directors and structure provides a clear direction for the DCB and our partners to support and develop the needs of recreational cricket in Derbyshire and Derbyshire County Cricket Club.”