The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has appointed Charles Hartwell as Finance Director. Charles starts work on 2nd February and will be tasked with financial planning for the future, raising funds from investors, banks and third party agencies as well as implementing controls to strengthen the long-term viability of the business.
Charles Hartwell’s appointment reinforces the senior management team and provides additional support for the Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, at a time when the Club’s financial position continues to evolve and large scale projects like the £21 million Carnegie Pavilion necessitate a more advanced and dynamic corporate approach.
Charles Hartwell is a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Accountancy and Finance with Economics from the University College of Wales. He has an extensive background in financial modelling and managing business change. He has worked as an accountant since 1995. In 2001 he was appointed as Senior Brand Accountant with Estee Lauder where he drove sales growth and maximised margins for the Aveda brand. In 2004 he became Multi-Channel Accountant for B&Q where he had day to day responsibility for the financial operation of diy.com, B&Q’s transactional website. In 2005 he took up a role as Group Finance Director for BCTV, the UK’s largest practical volunteering charity, with a turnover of £30million, where he was at the centre of strategic planning and decision making. Charles joins the Club from his position of Group Finance Director at Leonardo Media B.V. where he recently oversaw a successful merger with VFM Interactive Inc. to form VFM Leonardo Inc. the largest global online distributer of rich media within the hotel industry.
Charles Hartwell takes over as Finance Director and David Ryder, currently Chief Accountant, moves into the position of Stadium Facilities Manager, also with effect from the 2nd February. David has been responsible for the Club’s accounts under various titles since 1975. Thirty-three years of invaluable service at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club makes David the longest serving employee at any county club.
Stewart Regan, Chief Executive, said: “We are in a major period of development at the Club and it is important that we have the right people on board to ensure we maximise every opportunity. We have worked very closely with Odgers Ray & Berndtson on the assignment and been delighted with the quality of applicants coming forward for this position. I look forward to working with Charles Hartwell who has a wide accountancy and financial background. I would like to thank David Ryder for his sterling service in our accounts department and wish him every success in his new role at the Club.”
Charles Hartwell, said: “I am delighted to be joining the Club at such an exciting time. The Yorkshire County Cricket Club forms part of the very fabric of Yorkshire life and the opportunity to work with the club’s partners and help drive the club forward on the domestic and international stage is a huge honour.”
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