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Non-executive appointments to new Regulatory Committee

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Non-executive appointments to new Regulatory Committee

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed a series of appointments to its newly formed Regulatory Committee, the group which has full oversight of all ECB’s rules, regulations and procedures.

Five non-executive appointments complete an eight-strong committee chaired by Nic Coward, the former CEO of the British Horseracing Authority and former General Secretary of the English Premier League.

Jerry Cope, Fiona Laurence and David Lewis have been appointed as independent members alongside two appointees drawn from the wider First Class and Recreational game, Jenni Douglas-Todd and Richard Sykes.

They sit on the Regulatory Committee alongside two senior ECB executives - Chief Strategy Officer David Mahoney and Chief Financial Officer Scott Smith - together with ECB Board member, Jim Wood.

Commenting on the appointments, Nic Coward said:

“I’m delighted to welcome five independent members to the new committee. We had a tremendous response from across the game and through the open recruitment process and these appointments bring a wealth of experience and specialist expertise as we begin our work.

“ECB is committed to the highest standards of governance and integrity in its plans to develop and grow both professional and recreational cricket and the committee is looking forward to taking on this great responsibility.”

ECB’s Regulatory Committee

Biographies of the new appointees:

Jerry Cope (Independent)

Chair of the Board of Governors at London South Bank University, Jerry is a former Chair of both the NHS Pay Review Body and the Prison Service Pay Review Body as well as advising public and private sector organisations. During a 30-year career in the UK postal service he became Group Managing Director of the Royal Mail.

Jenni Douglas-Todd (Cricket Independent)

Jenni currently holds a portfolio of non-executive appointments including with the Judicial Conduct Investigative Office and University Hospital Southampton, one of the country’s largest University hospitals. The first Director of Policy and Research for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Jenni led the Hampshire Police and Crime Authority and is a former Chair of the General Dental Council’s Investigative Committee. She is a member of the Hampshire Cricket Board.

Fiona Laurence (Independent)

Currently Legal Director of London-based law-firm, Mishcon de Reya LLP, Fiona is a highly experienced litigation and regulatory solicitor. This includes eleven years as an in-house lawyer with the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

David Lewis (Independent)

David is currently Assistant Chief Constable for the South West region where his brief includes counter-terrorism, serious organised crime and forensics. Previously Assistant Chief Constable with the Dorset constabulary and a Chief Superintendent with the Thames Valley force, he has also served as Chief of Staff to the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Richard Sykes (Cricket Independent)

Richard had more than 25 years’ experience as a senior partner with the global professional services firm, PwC, focussing on assurance. Richard is a leading authority on corporate governance, risk and compliance. He was the joint author with Lord Woolf of the ICC’s Governance Review in 2012. He is currently a non-executive director with England Hockey and Middlesex CCC and is also President of Hampstead & Westminster hockey club.

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Notes to editors:

  • 1.The new Regulatory Committee was established by the ECB last year and is active as from 1 January 2018. It has a broad remit encompassing a range of sporting integrity issues including anti-doping, anti-discrimination, financial and governance regulations, and safeguarding.
  • 2.The Cricket Discipline Commission, chaired by Tim O’Gorman, retains its long -standing roles hearing on-field and other disciplinary cases. Anti-corruption issues are handled by the ECB’s Access Committee, chaired by Jane Stichbury.


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