Wednesday 22 November 2006 

Kent County Cricket Club Announced New President

Kent County Cricket Club today announced that George Kennedy CBE, is to be its President in 2007.

George was born in Scotland but has lived in Kent for 35 years. He joined Kent County Cricket Club as a life member some 30 years ago. He has enjoyed a highly successful business career, mainly with Smiths Industries plc where he was a Main Board Director for almost 30 years. He has served the University of Kent as a Council member for 9 years. He was also a Non-Executive Director of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital and, in 1997, he was awarded a CBE for services to the healthcare industry and exports. He has been a member of the Club’s General Committee for 5 years and has served on the Management Board for 4 years.

In his leisure time his sporting pedigree is mainly as a cricket supporter. He was a professional rugby player with Hull Kingston Rovers and he also achieved success in athletics at the Edinburgh Athletics Club, which at one time he captained.

Welcoming his appointment, Mr Kennedy said:

“I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity of following Derek Underwood as President. 2007 promises to be an important year for the Club both on and off the field and I look forward to doing all I can to help promote Kent cricket during my year in office.”

Commenting on George’s appointment, Kent’s President for 2006, Derek Underwood said:

“I am very pleased that George has agreed to become Kent’s President next year and I am sure the Club will derive much benefit from his wide experience. I very much look forward to introducing him as my successor at the Annual General Meeting, which will take place in the Heart of Kent Suite at the Ramada Hotel & Resort, Hollingbourne, on Monday 19 March 2007.”