In May 2022, Gloucestershire Cricket confirmed the appointment of three new Members to its non-executive Board.
After a thorough search process, the Club appointed Dr Adeela Shafi MBE, Asif Rehmanwala and Sally Cordwell to its Board, with all three set to serve a three-year term, effective immediately.
Adeela is an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Gloucestershire and was awarded an MBE for services to social justice in Bristol in the Queens 2020 New Year’s Honours list.
Asif is CEO of Ecotricity – the world’s first renewable energy company – and is also a Board Director at Forest Green Rovers, the world’s greenest football club.
Sally is CEO of Bristol Aerospace Museum and has previously held senior posts at Bristol Old Vic Theatre Trust and SS Great Britain.
Between them, Adeela, Asif and Sally bring a collective range of skills and experience that will greatly help Gloucestershire Cricket in the coming years as it strives for success on the field, while continuing on its mission to become an integral part of its community and the most environmentally sustainable cricket club in the world.
David Jones, Gloucestershire Cricket Chair, said: “After an extensive search process I am delighted that Adeela, Asif and Sally have agreed to join the Board at Gloucestershire Cricket.
“Cricket, like other enterprises, is currently facing a number of challenges and we are committed to building a skills-based board to overcome these. All of our new appointed directors bring strong, varied and diverse skills from the enterprises with which they are currently involved, and all have shown a real passion for the game. I would like to welcome them to the Club and am looking forward to working with them.”
Dr Adeela Shafi MBE said: “I’m delighted to join Gloucestershire Cricket; being a member of the Board is a way in which I feel I can contribute to the development of cricket in the region so it can both give to the community in terms of good, fair cricket and draw the best talent from its communities.”
Asif Rehmanwala said: “I am thrilled to be joining Gloucestershire Cricket as a Board member. I think there is passionate belief within the Board and Executive that there is a huge opportunity to work together on creating a new, exciting and transformative vision, identity and strategic roadmap, which promises to be amazing for the Club, region, community and all of our stakeholders. It’s great to be joining a club with such deep heritage and helping to shape the next chapter for it. I’m born and bred in Cheltenham and am keen to see all parts of the county to be involved in the club in some way.”
Sally Cordwell said: “I am genuinely thrilled to be joining Gloucestershire Cricket as a Non-Executive Director. I’ve been really impressed with the team here and I’ve found the club to be open, progressive and committed to change. I’m looking forward to learning more about the sport, the Club and its history, and getting involved in playing a part in years to come.”
The three new Board positions were recruited to replace John Nicolls and Adie Britton, who both stood down at the end of their term of office, with one space on the 12-strong Board being previously unoccupied. The Club thanks both John and Adie for their skills, energy and commitment over many years. Adie Britton will continue to advise the Board on property matters moving forward.