Chairman: John Hollingdale MA (Oxon), FCA
John – who is Bristol born and bred - was originally appointed Honorary Treasurer of the Club at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. He is married with four grown up children (and nine grandchildren). He is a keen sports fan and a participator in tennis and golf. He is a lifelong supporter of the Club.
John was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School in Bristol and at Keble College, Oxford. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1975 with Deloitte Haskins+Sells and worked in the accountancy profession as a partner with Deloitte until 1988. John, who is entrepreneurial by nature, then ran his own successful accountancy business firm for many years. In 2005, John lead the management buyout of a significant engineering company, and started a new career as shareholder, Chairman and Finance Director of Space Engineering Services Limited, a national refrigeration company based in Bristol which is the leading provider of refrigeration services to the retail food sector in the UK. He continues in the role as non-executive Chairman. John is also the non-executive Chairman of Computerworld Group and Chairman of Jack and Jill Preschool in Bristol, a family owned business. He was also a qualified Arbitrator and carried out many appointments mainly solving disputes between accountants!
John has also been very active in supporting the local community throughout his career. He was Treasurer of the SSGB Trust for 12 years until 2016, a former Governor of Red Maids School and is currently a Governor of Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School, Bristol. He is also a Trustee of the Guild of Guardians Charitable Trust and a former President of the Dolphin Society, a major Bristol charity where he continues to be Treasurer.
Deputy Chairman: David Jones
Having recently taken a sabbatical from Waitrose – where he worked for over 36 years – David will retire in September 2019. He sits on the ECB Board for the new “Hundred” Tournament and is the Independent Member on Bracknell Forest Council's Governance and Audit Committee. He is on the Board of Kempton Park Racecourse and was previously the Chair of the Thames Valley Police Authority’s Standards Committee. David was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital and then University College London. He first visited the Club in the 1960s with his grandfather. He was elected to the Club’s Executive Board in April 2014.
Honorary Treasurer: Rebecca Watkin BSc (Hons), ACA (ICAEW)
Rebecca qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2014. She is currently the Chief Finance Officer of a multiacademy trust in Bristol; consisting of two special schools and two alternative provisions. She is responsible for all operational aspects of the Trust: finance, HR, IT and premises. Becky also utilises her skills in a voluntary capacity as treasurer of a number Girl Guiding organisations.
Chief Executive: Will Brown
The “executive” of the Club is led by Will Brown who has forged a career in sport holding positions previously with Sporting Index, Cricinfo, The Lawn Tennis Association and, prior to joining Gloucestershire Cricket, Betfair where he oversaw a £200m+ UK & Ireland P&L. Will has a passion for all things sport and firmly believes in the “power of sport” from grass roots through to the professional game and the good that it can and should drive. His previous roles have seen him work in and lead commercial and operational teams and he has great experience on both sides of the commercial fence having sold high level deals and also having bought and activated sponsorships such as Betfair’s sponsorship of the Test Match Grounds, Manchester United, Barcelona, Ascot racecourse and England rugby. Will is a lifelong Gloucestershire Cricket and Bath rugby fan and is married with three boisterous toddler boys with a home in Bath.
Adrian Britton: Co-opted Member
Adrian was born in Bristol. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School, Bristol and at the University of London where he obtained a BSc in Geography. Following university he joined KPMG in London where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978, before becoming a Manager in the Audit Department. Adrian left to work in tax for a short period at Grant Thornton before starting his own business specialising in Corporate Finance. During the recession of the early 1990’s Adrian joined one of his clients and together they established the Westerleigh Group, a company specialising in the funeral sector, based in South Gloucestershire. Over 25 years Westerleigh became the largest private company in the sector in the United Kingdom prior to being sold to two major North American pension funds in 2016.
In sport, Adrian has been heavily involved in football, coaching from a young age and winning promotions at every level of the Non-League pyramid. Bath City became the top part-time side in the country in 2010-11 under his management and he is currently Regional Scout for a Football League club. In cricket, Adrian captained his school and played for regional representative sides at youth level. He has been a member and avid supporter of Gloucestershire Cricket since the 1980’s.
Kathryn Davis: Co-opted Member
Kathryn has spent almost all of her professional life working in tourism, hospitality and leisure, the last 18 years of which have been with Destination Bristol. This has taken her from a Marketing Executive developing early versions of VisitBristol and digital communication to Head of Tourism, working on regional, national and international programmes across all areas of the visitor economy including overseeing both the visitor marketing and convention bureau delivery, along with the development of local industry engagement, research, product and partnership development. This includes working on major projects such as the Cricket World Cup.
Kathryn is a member of the Tourism Management Institute and a regular speaker at industry events. In 2018, she was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism awards. She lives in Horfield with her family and is both a cricket and football fan, supporting Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and Bristol City Football Club.
David Mclauchlan: Elected Member
David was elected onto the Executive Board at the 2017 AGM. He is 51 years old, was born and lives in Bristol and works for Lloyds Bank as a software Quality Engineer. He has been a Life Member of the Club since 1991. David first joined the Bristol Region Committee in 1996 and has been its Chairman since 2010, running numerous events to raise funds for the Club. He is also Chairman of Gloucestershire Cricket Lovers’ Society and a member of the Heritage Committee.
He is a member of Gloucestershire Exiles and is also a member of the Grace Society (which he hopes to continue to be a member of for many years to come).
David’s other interests include Rugby and the Theatre. He is a Life Member of Clifton RFC, and a “Friend” of the Theatre Royal in Bath and the Bristol Old Vic. He is also a member of the Everyman Theatre Association and attends (rock) music concerts. He is also a member of the Colston Hall music venue.
Steve Nelson: Co-opted Member
Steve is committed to, and has a great passion for sport and physical activity. He believes people within organisations can make a difference and works to bring the best out of colleagues, staff, managers and all others whose roles influence organisational success.
He is Chief Executive of the West of England Sport Trust, leading the development of this County Sports Partnership as one of the first to become an independent company and Charitable Trust in 2006. Steve has held a number of non-executive roles within the sport sector alongside his role as CEO, and is looking forward to engaging with the GCCC Executive Board. His background includes:
- Professional Basketball player for 15 years, 18 England Caps, and Captain of GB Students
- Combining a playing career with a full time degree, then his first role in Sports Development
- Head of Development for England Basketball
- Creating the County Sports Partnership for Sussex
- He has also worked on a consultancy basis for UK Sport as part of the International Inspiration programme, working in India and Trinidad and Tobago.
Outside of work, he is a volunteer basketball coach at junior national league level, with his team crowned under 18 men’s national champions in 2011. He has developed and supported more than a dozen players that have gone on to represent England or GB, including his daughter Kyla and son Luke – both have captained their age
group national teams and have earned scholarships to division 1 colleges in the USA. Luke is now playing professionally in the top league in Spain.
John Nicholls: Elected Member
John first encountered Gloucestershire Cricket during a Sunday League game at Moreton-in-Marsh when he went specifically to see his boyhood hero Tony Greig. He became a Member of the Club in 1996 when he moved to Swindon and continued as a County Member whilst he pursued his retail career at Woolworths, IKEA, Boots (as an Area Manager) and at Superdrug (as Head of Store Operations).
When he moved to Cirencester in 2016, he retired from Sunday League Cricket and joined The Cotswold & North Wiltshire Region Committee, currently serving as Secretary. He is also a member of the Cheltenham Cricket Society and a season ticket holder at Gloucester Rugby. He plays golf badly in his spare time and has recently started to re-learn French.
David Partridge: Elected Member
David commenced his playing involvement with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club as a twelve-year-old in the U19 Young Cricketer’s team and progressed to debut against the West Indies in 1976. He continued to be part of the Club’s First X1 until 1980. His career highlights were being part of the 1977 Benson and Hedges winning team and playing every match in 1979.
After cricket he set up his own business as a Civil and Structural Engineer – the business grew organically to 75 staff and in March 2019 he retired. During the period of this business David played cricket with Cheltenham in the West of England Premier League and more recently with Birdlip in the County League. The experience of recreational cricket has allowed him to understand the means by which this and the professional game can enhance the whole experience of cricket in this county for the benefit of both by working together --- to ultimately produce English qualified cricketers on one hand and to maximise enjoyment on the other.
Born and bred in Birdlip, as a GCCC Board member, his desire is to seek to assist the improvement of the Club’s professional playing potential and to help facilitate the convergence of the two Boards.
Matthew Windows: Elected Member
Matt, who was born in Bristol and educated at Clifton College and Durham University, where he obtained a BA Honours degree in sociology, is probably best known as a Gloucestershire County Cricket Club player from 1992 - 2006 during which time he was an integral member in the Club’s success of the golden years as the "One Day Kings." He played over 170 First-Class matches for the Club along with honours at a higher level, representing England "A" on tour to South Africa and Zimbabwe. During his playing career, Matt qualified as an Investment Manager working for Rowan Dartington stockbrokers in his off seasons. During 2007, Matt joined Barclays Wealth Investment Management where he became a Director of the business, responsible for the management of client assets. In February 2017, Matt joined LGT Vestra to set up the Bristol Office where he has recently been made Partner having grown the office that currently manages in excess of £300m.
Matt is very much an understated sportsman having excelled in numerous sports, not least to the successes of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club; he is now heavily involved in the junior section of Chew Valley Rugby Club where he spends much of his Sunday mornings!
Kevin Langley – Chairman of GCB
Kevin combines his role as Chairman of the Gloucestershire Cricket Board with the position of Operations Director at Venatour Ltd (a Sports Tour Operator specialising in Cricket and Rugby Tours for Schools, Colleges and Premier Clients). He is also Chairman of Bourton Vale Cricket Club. Having joined the Gloucestershire Cricket Board in 2014 as a Non-Executive Director, he progressed to Chairman and the resultant role of Non-Executive Director on Club’s Executive Board in 2017.
Having taken early retirement from a career culminating as Head of Customer Operations at Cheltenham and Gloucester PLC he has also held a Non-Executive Directorship at Dudley Building Society for four years.
A passion for recreational Cricket in Gloucestershire and the desire to influence a greater level of integration and stream lining of our joint Boards is a main focus. He sees huge potential for step change improvement and is looking forward to working alongside the newly formed Executive Management Team for the greater good of Cricket in Gloucestershire.