Tuesday 1 May 2007 

England Poach Another Durham Star

Durham County Cricket Club’s Commercial Manager, Gordon Hollins is moving onto pastures new after six successful years at the North East’s only First Class County.

Gordon will leave Durham CCC to take up the position of ‘Head of Venue and Commercial Programmes’ at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the governing body that overseas the game in this country. Gordon will be the link between the ECB and all county venues but with particular focus on those hosting international cricket. He will also be ‘Head of Operations’ for the Twenty20 World Championships being staged in England in 2009.

Gordon joined Durham CCC in 2001 after spending 18 years in the Estate Agency Industry. Initially employed to focus on the development of corporate sales, as the business expanded Gordon`s role evolved to one that had responsibility for all commercial income streams. During this time the Club has developed from a fledgling international venue to hosting regular internationals and a premier concert venue for the north east.

It is evidence of Durham CCC’s off field success and professionalism that Gordon has been selected by the ECB. Despite being the newest First Class county, the Club has risen to fourth in terms of commercial generated income, with a staggering 300% rise over the last six years.

The commercial success of the Club has been mirrored by the on field improvement of the team. Over the last few years, Durham CCC has seen unparalleled success with promotion followed by the highest ever Championship finish in the Club’s 15 year history.

Speaking about his time at Durham CCC Gordon said, “The world of cricket has changed immeasurably in my time at the club, but I am proud of what we have achieved in the last six years. It could not of have been possible without the help and support of our excellent staff in the commercial department and across the business as a whole, who have helped make Durham CCC one of the premier cricket businesses in the country.

“Significant developments are planned at the Riverside over the coming years to secure Durham CCC’s future as an international cricket and cultural venue. With the biggest England international ever staged in the North East, two concerts and a full domestic programme all lined up for the summer, things continue to look up for Durham CCC.”

When cricketers are selected to represent their country, new players always step up to fill the void. The business world is not dissimilar to cricket and there is a now a chance for a new player to make strides in the cricket business. For further information on the Commercial Director vacancy at Durham County Cricket Club please visit www.nrgplc.com/durhamcricket.

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