Mike Griffith has succeeded Phillip Hodson and begun his one-year tenure as President of MCC. The former Sussex captain takes office on the traditional day of committee changes at Lord's.
Four members will be joining the new President on the MCC Committee, having been elected for a three-year period by the Club's 18,000-strong membership.
Two are new faces: the former Middlesex and England bowler Angus Fraser and 33-year-old Hugo Loudon are about to commence their first term; and two are returning to the Committee: Robert Griffiths QC (Chairman of the Laws Sub-Committee, whose association with the Committee dates back to 2000) and John Barclay (a former President, who first took a seat on the Committee in 1990). Stepping down are Matthew Fleming, Charles Fry and Christopher Martin-Jenkins.
In other changes on the main Committee, Robert Leigh takes over as Club Treasurer from Justin Dowley and Colin Maber assumes the role of Chairman of Estates from Blake Gorst.
New to the MCC Cricket committee will be former England Women’s batter Claire Taylor – the first woman to become a Wisden Cricketer of the Year - who takes over the role of Chairman of the Women’s sub-committee.
Mike Griffith said: "I'm very excited about becoming MCC President and it is a great honour. There is so much good work going on here at the Club and I’m looking forward to a very busy year. My father was President, I grew up along the road and it is amazing to think that I'm now going to be President.
"I’d like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Phillip Hodson. I think he played in more matches and did more functions than any President before him. He had fantastic stamina - I don't think I'm going to be able to quite match that! I hope we'll be able to keep him around in the future – he has done a lot of great things for MCC."
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